Monday, May 2, 2011

Gresham Ford and Local Community to Raise as much as $6,000 for Sam Barlow and Centennial high schools

Gresham Ford is a trailblazer utilizing innovative events that continue to yield much-needed money for our local schools and Gresham community at large.  Help support those businesses that support your community. 

GRESHAM, Ore. – Gresham Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s innovative Drive One 4 UR School program to the local community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Sam Barlow and Centennial high schools. For every person who test-drives a Ford vehicle at Gresham Ford on Saturday, May 14, Gresham Ford and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Sam Barlow and Centennial high schools. The funds will help support many of programs that have suffered from the economic downturn in our community. 
“We’re thrilled to be participating in Drive One 4 UR School again to support our local students,” said Bess Wills, General Manager at Gresham Ford. “We know how important extracurricular activities are to our high school students, and as part of this community, we want to help.”

To date, Gresham Ford has raised nearly $8,000 for local high school students through Drive One 4 UR School.

The event, which will be held May 14th 2011, will feature the Ford Explorer, Focus, Fiesta, Edge, F-150, Mustang or other available models including the new eco-boost engine.

Since the start of Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School program in 2007, more than 275,000 test-drives at more than 1,500 events have generated over $5 million in donations for high schools nationwide.

In addition to raising much-needed revenue for high school extracurricular activities, the program gives participants the chance to experience Ford’s exciting new vehicles and leading safety technologies, including:

MyKey™, a system that allows parents to limit a vehicle’s top speed and audio volume to encourage safe driving behavior in teens;

SYNC®, the fully integrated, in-vehicle voice-activated communications and entertainment system with 911 AssistTM, Vehicle Health Report and GPS-based features including business search and call completion;

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) with Cross Traffic Alert, which uses radar to check the blind spot and helps notify the driver of approaching traffic when backing out of a parking spot; and,

 Active Parking Assist a technology that helps drivers position the vehicle for parallel parking and then steer it into a parking spot without touching the steering wheel.

To participate, please visit Gresham Ford, 1940 E. Powell Blvd. on Saturday, May 14.

Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household.


About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit