You may have heard about the peanut butter drive we at Butler Ford held last week. The event was part of a Northwest Ford Dealers Advertising Association program that paired dealerships up with local food banks to bring in one of the most coveted nonperishable food items out there. Before promoting the drive to the public we discussed ways to inspire Butler employees to get in on the fun and came up with the idea of holding a competition between the sales, service, and office staff. The winning group would get some kind of a party.
Boy, did people come through! The service department immediately went looking for outside donations and hit pay-dirt with Cash-n-Carry, Pulver & Leever Real Estate and Grocery Outlet. Just check out the stash Iman showed up with Friday morning! The sales team came through in a big way, too, calling on the folks at Rogue Valley CrossFit. One CrossFit mom even requested that all guests at her child’s birthday party bring peanut butter for her to donate!
Ultimately, we have yet to figure out which department won or even how many pounds of peanut butter we brought it but we know this much: It’s a LOT! Huge thanks to everyone who pitched in! We’re so proud to be part of this community!
Car lovers are getting an eyeful this week as Medford Cruise week festivities play out. Last night saw more than 100 classic and current model Fords on display at the Ford Show-n-Shine at the Grange Co-op in South Medford. Visitors ooohed and aaaaahed over everything from a 1930 Model A to a late model Mustang Shelby GT 500.
We knew there was something addictive about automotive restoration but didn’t know just how addictive until we spoke with Tim, one of the enthusiasts at the Show-n-Shine. He wasn’t showing a car this year but says he did just begin a rebuild on a car he plans to show at next year’s event. It won’t be his first restoration. Tim says he built his first car, a 1932 Ford Roadster, at the age of 10. Since then he has more than 550 cars to his name! When asked how much time goes into each vehicle Tim shrugged and said, “Three to four hundred hours.” And no, car restoration is not his day job!
All that work certainly pays off. It was obvious that a ton of time, love, and yes, money, went into each Ford on the Grange’s lot last night. If you missed it, not to worry. Tomorrow, all makes and models – ’79 and older as well as ’80 and newer – are welcome to be shown at Medford’s Hawthorne Park. It’ll cost you $25-$50 to show but is free if you just want to look. Visit www.medfordcruise.org for more information. We’ll be there… Hope you will be, too!
It’s official: Our next and ONLY 2014 Butler Ford Drive 4 UR School event will be happening this Fall! After much discussion with Phoenix High we came to a date that works for the school and the dealership: Saturday, September 27th. If you’re unfamiliar with Drive 4 UR School you’re in for a treat! Ford came up with the program as a way to get dealerships involved in their local communities by raising funds for schools. During the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the designated day Butler Ford (at 1977 Highway 99, Ashland, OR) will have a fleet of the newest Ford models available for test drives. For each qualified test drive (you must be 18 or older to play) Ford will donate $20 to the participating school. On Sept. 27th Phoenix will have the opportunity to earn up to $6,000 to use for sports and other extra-curricular activities! Also, although details have yet to firm up , we usually offer a free car wash, and barbequed burgers and dogs and a variety of school attire for purchase. The band plays, cheerleaders cheer, and we all have a great time for a good cause. Put Saturday, September 27, 2014 on your calendar and join us for Drive 4 UR School!