"Happiness... consists in giving, and in serving others." - Henry Drummond

Based on this statement there must be lots of happy people at the local Cornerstone Church which meets weekly at Powell Valley Elementary. The school is in my neighborhood and it made me smile as I drove by on Saturday the 15th -- there were lots of volunteers working, with lots of donated equipment to clean up the school in readiness for the children that will be returning soon. I thought gosh wouldn’t it be great to take them some cookies or something but then I had lots of errands to run and that did not happen….so in lieu of cookies, here are my words – Thank YOU!! We are in debt to all that take time to do this for our kids ---they even planted some pretty flowers in the front!

This is an example of what happens around our community all the time….some great other examples are the beautiful Japanese Gardens at the City Park – hours and hours of community volunteerism have made these gardens a local showplace. And the Arts Festival was staffed by over 50 volunteers from Greater Gresham Baptist Church. The event could not have happened without all these volunteers.

So while I did not slow down long enough to bake cookies to thank those that volunteer, the sentiment is there nonetheless and I know I speak for everyone at Gresham Ford when I say the sincerest THANK YOU for all the hours spent you (those mentioned and those not mentioned) have spent volunteering to make our community a more beautiful and welcome place.

Tips for staying cool with your vehicle this summer

Last year was the hottest summer on record, and heat and humidity are again bearing down across the United States. Heat waves on both coasts are contributing to shattered weather records already this year, with 31 cities and towns across the country posting the hottest June temperature ever recorded. While driving to and from the office, or with your family on the weekends, your vehicle’s air conditioning is a luxury many take for granted.

Tips to remember on your daily commute:  

• When you first enter a hot vehicle, lower the windows completely for a few minutes to push out hot air. 

• Use the max A/C button to quickly cool down the vehicle.  

• If you get too cold, don’t switch the unit on and off; adjust the temperature or fan speed to help keep the temperature consistent. 

• Too cold in the front, but still not cool enough in the back seat? Instead of shutting the A/C vents in the front, redirect them to the ceiling or sides of the vehicle to keep air flowing to the rear. 

• Parking in the shade whenever possible or using a reflective windshield shade can dramatically reduce heat buildup in your parked vehicle. Cabin temperature at startup will be much lower, and temperature comfort will be achieved much sooner on your drive.

So, before you head off for that last trip as the kids go back to school, drop by Gresham Ford. We’d be happy to take a look to make sure everything is ship shape. We service all makes and models and we’re open until Midnight (Monday-Friday).

Stay cool and enjoy the ride!

Rockin' Good Time!

And the summer fun just keeps coming!! This Saturday, tomorrow, August 8th in Historic Downtown Gresham, the 17th Annual Rockin' Around the Block Car Show is happening! From 8am-5pm some of the best show cars you'll ever lay eyes on will be right here, rockin' around the block for all to see! And they'll be lots of great music, food and all sorts of fun for the whole family! Also, the Gresham Farmers Market will be in full swing as well! So, no matter what, there's something for everyone!

This car show, which has run for 17 years straight, has donated $146,000 so far, to the Mt Hood Community College Ford ASSET program. For those not familiar with this program, the Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) is an Associate of Applied Science degree curriculum designed to provide technically competent, professional level technicians for Ford dealerships. MHCC is offering this opportunity in partnership with the Ford Motor Company. This is a fantastic program that gives students lifelong skills that will generate for them a means with which to sustain a productive life style and hopefully pass on a passion for all things mechanical to our next generation.

So, for the love of our future automotive technicians, come on out, support the Mt Hood Community College Ford ASSET program, hear some great music and just have an all around great time. And don't forget to stop by the Gresham Ford booth and say hello. We'll be on 3rd street across from Sunny Han's. We have some great giveaways and a drawing that you won't want to miss! See you there!

Pedal Cars

Remember those adorable pedal cars that you’ve seen in Grandma’s pictures? Or maybe you even remember having one of your own and how grown up you felt as you pedaled your way around the yard. Whatever the case may be, those were days, were they not? This summer we’ve been privileged to be a part of the Brasher’s Backstage Concert event which included an auction of the most adorable pedal cars this side of the Rockies, ours being the bright orange mustang, of course! We were one of 12 dealerships in the area that donated pedal cars for this auction. It was a sight to see. The children of the employees at our own Brasher’s Auto Auction in Wood Village participated as the drivers of the cars wearing special vests and looking oh so sporty! What fun they had, and the best part, they raised $13,000 which benefitted Katie’s Kause for Cystic Fibrosis and the Boy Scouts of America!

We want to extend a special “Thank You” to Jerry Hinton, General Manager of Brasher’s Auto Auction. It was his deep commitment to this community and the huge hearts of all his employees that made all this possible. And as a result, the overwhelming generosity exhibited by the dealerships and the dealers themselves as they would donate their pedal cars back into the auction to be sold again and again was truly amazing! What a great community we live in!!

Katie's Kause for Cystic Fibrosis provides financial assistance and emotional support to families facing financial hardships based on overwhelming medical needs for their cystic fibrosis child. They provide financial aid to families in the Washington and Oregon area. For more information please visit: http://www.katieskause.org/

To Tease Your Taste Buds!

Food just tastes better here!! Once again, The Bite of East County is coming to town! Get ready for an amazing assortment of savory and sweet food offerings to satisfy your palate! Everything from Bumpers Grill & Bar to Corbett Country Market with desserts and delicacies in between! Are you hungry yet?

Come help us celebrate East County’s culinary offerings with mouth watering menu items by some of Oregon’s finest. Whether it’s a sampling of small plates or enjoying a full meal the choices are varied, delicious and plentiful!

If you haven’t experienced this before, you won’t want to miss it! This year will feature three different bands playing music throughout the day as well! Fun, food and festivities for all!!

The best part about this event is it’s a fund raiser for Zarephath Kitchen & Pantry which runs a soup kitchen and food pantry for those in need here in East County. Last year over 180,000 meals were served.

So, come one, come all! Join us on July 25th (that’s tomorrow) for the 3rd Annual Bite of East County, Columbia Park, also known as Imagination Station, 1900 SW Cherry Pard Rd, Troutdale, Oregon. Doors open at 12noon.

We have tickets here at Gresham Ford (we’d love to give you at no charge), so drop by anytime!! Remember we’re open until Midnight for all your service needs, so come on down, get your oil changed and pick up some tickets for this great event! See you soon!!

And the Winner is!!!

Drum roll please!! We have a winner! Today we chose the winner of the first ever “Ford” Art Contest here at Gresham Ford. In conjunction with the Gresham Arts Festival, we had the idea of finding some talented people right here locally, that might have an eye for Fords and art and putting the two together. If you stopped by our show room in the past few weeks, you’ve seen some of the great entries we had. From the three “Things” washing Glamma’s Ford Focus, to the 1936 Forgotten Ford, an old Ford tractor “Git-er-Done” and a drawing of a Mustang! We also had a fabulous painting entered by one of our technicians. They were all amazing and choosing the winner was tough!

And the winner is: “Git-er-Done” by Janet Sears. This is a picture of her brother’s tractor on their farm out in Damascus. Second place went to “1936 Forgotten Ford” by Cindy Luebbers and third place was “Lexi, Zoey and Dezy Washing Glamma’s Car”. This was great fun and we hope that it will catch on and we’ll see a lot more “Ford” art next year!

If you’d like to see the winning pieces, please visit our booth at the Gresham Arts Festival tomorrow, July 18th, downtown Gresham. There will be fun for all, especially the kids. I hear there’ll be a great kids area with lots of fun things to do and see and then of course the fabulous artists displaying their creations and the Gresham Farmers Market as well! We will be at the corner of 3rd and Roberts so come say, “hi”, see the art contest winners and check out all our fun goodies we’ll have!

See you there!

Cruise the College

We know there are a million things to do this summer but this is one more thing you need to add to your “must do” list. Sunday July 19th, 11am-4pm at Mt Hood Community College, we are proud to be a sponsor of the “Cruise the College” car show. Hosted by the Mt Hood Mustangs and Fords Club, it’s a day of fun for all ages. There are goodie bags for the first 250 attendees, music provided by Cruisin’ Tunes, over 45 trophies will be awarded, a raffle to benefit My Father’s House and Wounded Warrior Project and a special car quilt auction! Lots of fun you won’t want to miss!! Use the NW lot at the college with entrance on the Stark Street side for participants and the main entrance on Kane for spectators. It’s an open event so any and all can enter and participate. If you’d like more information or would like to enter a vehicle is this great show, please visit www.mhmf .com.

This will follow on the heals of the event we’re all waiting for, The Gresham Art Festival! The 2015 Gresham Arts Festival on Saturday, July 18, is the biggest festival in 14 years. More than 150 talented artists plus a Guinness World Record event. Don’t forget to get your family, friends, employees and co-workers together and sign up to color in one of the chalk squares and help us reach our goal of 350 squares. Now that will be something to celebrate!! It's a day filled with "Look at that!" art, music, food and fun, turning the city's historic downtown into a giant art gallery.

The summer fun never ends here in East County!!

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