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The galas have been had, the songs have been sung, the challenges met and the barrels rolled in. The counts have been counted and the tallies told, so ladies and gentlemen here it is . In the two month Fill-A-Bag food drive for SnowCap 2015, this community gathered the equivalent of just over a half million pounds of food! Thats right! You read correctly! The combined food and cash contributions have been tallied at just over 500,000 pounds!
Congratulations are in order first to Larry Schwartz and the Riverview Community Bank for spearheading and organizing, collecting and processing all the donations, hosting the dinner and auction and all around making this the best drive to date! And to the team of local businesses that pulled together to make this happen; Gresham Ford, Balance Health and Injury Clinic, Stamp Connection, Rotary Club of Gresham, Greater Gresham Baptist Church, Drakes 7 Dees, Gresham Breakfast Lions Club and The Outlook. A very special thank you also to Burgerville for hosting a 10% of sales night not once, but twice!
Not a greater example of businesses working together can be found anywhere. It is amazing what can be accomplished when hearts are open and giving to those in need takes a priority. The families that rely on SnowCap Community Charities will have plenty for up to three months from this endeavor.
Thank you to everyone that participated and so generously gave to make this years Fill-A-Bag food drive the best yet! Well stuff those bags again next year starting first week of November!
Thank you again, Greater Gresham Community!
Ok, we gotta brag...
So, a few weeks ago in the article we spoke about the new F-150. How its more capable than ever, like a prizefighter who trims down to power up. How the smarter use of materials helped to increase the truck overall efficiency and the use of military-grade aluminum alloys not only enhanced the durability and fuel economy, but also shaved as much as 700 pounds off the curb weight. Well, the years of innovation and refinement really paid off. As of the January 13th, 2015 article in USA Today, the Detroit Auto Show Car and Truck of the Year awards were posted! And guess what? The 2015 Ford F-150 took the pick for the North American Truck of the Year!
The award, known as North American Car and Truck of the Year, or NACTOY, has been around 22 years. Because its not affiliated with a single publication or company, automakers believe a NACTOY win is viewed by shoppers as more credible than some others, as stated in the USA Today article by James Healey. That being said, we are so proud to be able to have such an amazing vehicle and we cant wait to show it to you!! Come on down, anytime, and just take a look!! Youll be glad you did!
As always, on another note, a group of retired Boy Scouts leaders and parents are collecting gently used or new blankets, which will be donated to local warming shelters in Gresham. Collection barrels are located at Gresham Ford, Burns Feed Store, Whites Country Meats and St. Henry Church. Donations will be accepted through Saturday, Jan. 24. For more information, call 503-887-5003.
So, come on down, take a look at the North American Truck of the Year and bring a blanket! Help us keep East County warm this winter!
This is a small community, but a very connected and supportive one! As Ive said, When businesses serve their communities, everyone benefits, and its been proven time and time again here in East County.
Today wraps up our 2014 Fill-A-Bag food drive for SnowCap. Every year I am amazed at how this community comes together and collects hundreds of thousands of pounds of food for our local food bank. Last year alone, over 500,000 pounds were gathered over a three month period. The tally is still out for this year, but we should have a total count soon. Stay tuned!
On another note, something new is happening here in our neck of the woods. Gresham Strong! This is a weekly public affairs TV show spotlighting the things that make the Gresham region a more vibrant and prosperous community. It features interviews with the people behind East County business, non-profits, schools, churches, art and community events, governments and civic groups that are helping make Gresham Strong.
The new show premiers Tuesday, January 13th at 7pm on Comcast 21 and Frontier 32. You can also view online at GreshamStrong.com.
This weeks guests include; Kedma Ough, Director of the Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center, Pam Vredevelt, best-selling author and co-founder of the national non-profit, The Safe Empowered Child, Faith in Gresham with Larry Jorgenson, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Try Local First guest host Bess Wills with Debbie Phillips, owner of Bella Cupcakes (and if you havent tried one of her cupcakes, youre really missing out).
I am proud to be a part of this community and honored to be a guest host on this new program. Mark your calendar and share this evening with us as we move forward into 2015 keeping Gresham Strong!
New Year's Resolutions from Henry...
Many of us this time of the year look to ourselves to make improvements for the New Year. Lose weight, exercise more, spend more time with the kids, write more thank-you notes, attend church more regularly, be kinder to my spouse .well my list could just go on and on. However, here at Gresham Ford we have just three things that we continually work on to improve your customer experience and our continual growth as a better business to our community.
1."Quality means, doing it right, even when no one is looking."- Henry Ford
We will always strive to be the best for our customers – not cutting corners giving the absolute best value for the services rendered.
2."You cant build a reputation on what you are going to do." –Henry Ford Each and every day we strive to make the best decisions on our customers behalf, however, there may be a time or two when we fall short. When those things happen we strive to do the right thing by our customers – we understand that a promise made must be kept.
3."A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business." -Henry Ford We are not here just to make money but here to serve our community. Each member of our team understands this concept and we continue to find things within our power and resources to give back to our community---whether that be our commitment to be as environmentally diligent as possible or collecting food for those less fortunate.
And as always, we understand that "When businesses serve their communities, everyone benefits!" So, heres to another year of service to you our customers and our community! Happy New Year!
New Year, They're Here!
So, you've seen all the hype, youve heard the news, and now theyre here! The All New 2015 F-150 and the 2015 Mustang! And boy are they amazing!! Theres nothing like them!
And whats so great, new and different? Heres some facts for you:
2015 F-150 – More Capable than ever. Like a prizefighter who trims down at the same time hes powering up, the all new F-150 is in its best form ever. Through years of innovation and refinement, Ford has devised a way to join its high-strength-steel frame together with its all-new body and bed, which are constructed using high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys.
- More capable than the previous generation, since its curb weight has been trimmed by as much as 700 lbs.
- Smarter use of materials helps increase the trucks overall efficiency
- Military-grade aluminum alloys have already been used in aerospace, commercial transportation, energy and many other rugged industries
2015 Mustang-The iconic American vehicle that inspires a passion for driving like no other. Ford has created a vehicle with the appearance, power and technologies while still capturing what makes the Mustang such a legend.
- The fastest GT ever packs a more potent V8 under its hood thanks to inspiration from the previous generations Boss 302 engine.
- Best-in-Class I-4 fuel efficiency horsepower and torque with the 2.3L EcoBoost.
- The most capable brake lineup ever offered on a Mustang brings it to a stop faster than you can say lets go.
And this is just for starters!! Youve really got to come down and take a no pressure test drive! Youll be glad you did!