Big thanks to everyone who came out to test drive a Ford for Phoenix High School this past Saturday! Through Ford Motor Corporation’s Drive 4 UR School program the school raised $5,560 for sports, clubs, band, and other extracurricular activities. We were impressed not only with the number of students (including the band!) and staff members who volunteered but the parents and friends who made time in their Saturday to test drive a Ford. We’re proud of Phoenix High and all its supporters. Thank you for making this Drive 4 UR School yet another fantastic event!
September is a busy month at Butler Ford/Acura! We have two events coming up, both of which allow us time to visit with our customers outside of the normal sales atmosphere.
First, on Thursday, September 18th we’re having another Open House. You’ll be treated to food and tours of the shop (you know you’ve always wanted see where your car or truck gets worked on!), and have the opportunity to ask questions of our entire staff. Need help pairing your phone with your vehicle, or learning how to use your spare kit? Our Open House events provide the opportunity for both, and a whole lot more. All you have to do is RSVP by the end of the day Monday, September 15, and then show up at 5:30 on the day of the event!
Second, we’re having another Drive 4 UR School to benefit Phoenix High School! Never been to a Drive 4 UR School event? It’s fun! Test drive any one of a certain selection of Fords between 10:00 and 4:00 on Saturday, September 27th, and Ford Motor Corporation will donate $20 bucks to the high school! Funds go to support sports, clubs, and other extra-curricular activities. There’s also food and clothing for sale, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the band showed up to provide us with some rockin’ background tunes! Come support your favorite student; It’s easy and FUN!
You may have noticed posters, like the one to the left, around Phoenix and Ashland a couple times a year inviting you to participate in a Butler hosted “Drive One 4 UR School” event. Right now we’re gearing up for our first 2013 event to be held May 18th with Phoenix High School. It’s a great program and one that allows everybody in the community of legal driving age to make a difference. Here’s a bit of Butler’s history with Ford Motor Corporation’s “Drive One 4 UR School” program:
Nearly three years ago Butler Ford teamed up with Ford Motor Corporation to benefit local schools through the Ford “Drive One 4 UR School” program. The program offers students involved in sports or other extracurricular activities a chance to earn money for those activities by inviting friends and families to test drive a Ford on a particular day. For every qualified test drive Ford Motor Corporation donates $25. Schools have the opportunity to earn up to $8,000. Since 2009, every Spring and Fall, Butler Ford has partnered with Ashland or Phoenix High School to help bring in much needed funding for sports programs, bands, and clubs. Last year, we also helped the Ashland High School Grizzlies Football Team enter the Ford “Kick It and Pic It” contest which was open only to schools that had participated in Drive One events. Ashland won the $8,000 grand prize. Counting that contest, and the first ever Butler Ford “Drive One 4 UR Community” event held to benefit the “Southern Oregon CPR Initiative”, we are proud to announce that, with your help, Butler Ford has helped raise just shy of $60,000, for local students and community programs.
Again, the next “Drive One” will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013. Come test drive a Ford to support sports and other extracurricular programs at Phoenix High!
To learn more about the groups and organizations that benefit from Butler’s support click here.
Congratulations to Ashland High School for winning the Ford Drive One 4 UR School “Kick It and Pic It” Contest! The contest was a spin-off of the Drive One 4 UR School program that teams Ford up with dealers to raise money for local schools. All schools that participated in the Fall 2012 Drive One event were eligible. Their task was to snap a photograph highlighting not only the school but the 2013 Ford Escape and its tailgate lift sensor (thus the “Kick It” portion of the contest title). Local photographer Kayla Jill snapped a photo showing the Ashland High Grizzly football players running from a bear and seeking refuge in an Escape. Volunteer football coach Chip Layton said, “I’m so happy because I think the vision was actually captured. The boys were such good sports and made the experience so enjoyable.” The Ford folks loved it, too, and named the photo the winner! As grand prize, Ford will double the amount Ashland High took in during its last Drive One event… which means the Grizzlies doubled their proceeds from $8,000 to $16,000! All the fundraising dollars will go to help the team get to Japan for the semi-annual 2013 Pacific Rim Bowl game against a team of Japanese all-stars. Way to go, Grizz!
You’ve heard us talking about, promoting, and thanking you for all your help in our bi-annual Drive One 4 UR School events. Drive One is a Ford sponsored program that partners dealerships with local schools to raise money for sports programs and other extracurricular activities. Now, for the first time in the U.S. Ford’s expanding that program to include community organizations! And Butler Ford’s getting in on the action with a Drive One 4 UR Community event to benefit the Southern Oregon CPR Initiative, a volunteer group of local emergency responders and medical personnel who’s goal is to teach Jackson County 7th graders life-saving CPR skills. Come join us Saturday, October 13,, 2012 right here at Butler Ford in Ashland to test drive a Ford and earn $20 for the Initiative. You can also participate in a silent auction, raffle drawing, and CPR demos while enjoying a live remote broadcast by a local radio station and delicious food from Al’s Fresco truck. It’ll be such fun! Come see us to support a great local organization!
The forecast called for record-breaking heat. But the morning of August 11, 2012 dawned slightly hazy and relatively cool thanks to nearby forest fires, making for a perfect Saturday afternoon to hold a fundraiser for the Ashland High School football. As you may know, Drive One 4 UR School is a Ford Motor Corporation (FMC) program that partners Ford dealerships with local high schools to raise money for athletics, art, and other extracurricular activities. On Drive One days each qualified test drive earns $20 for the beneficiary school, up to $6000. Once a year that amount is upped to $8,000 if drivers take a second spin, this time in a specified vehicle. In order for FMC to donate the full amount, the dealership and the school must bring in 300 qualified test drivers and encourage 200 of them to go on more than one test drive.
This past weekend… it looks like we did it! Final numbers will be in soon but we’re feeling pretty good about them. All the proceeds will go to the Grizzly football team in support of the Pac Rim Bowl, a unique program that pits Ashland High against a team of Japanese All-Stars in a game held every two years. The 2013 game will see the Grizz traveling to Japan, which is why the race to raise the $140,000 it will cost to transport the entire team is already under way (for more information on the Pac Rim Bowl and last year’s game visit: https://butlerautogroup.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/butler’s-curtis-hancock-the-ashland-grizzlies-football-team-and-the-pacific-rim-bowl/. For information on additional fundraisers keep an eye on http://www.ashlandfootballclub.com/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=13).
In the meantime, big thanks to the hundreds of people who turned out to support their favorite Ashland High athlete, those who simply wanted to help local kids, and the dozens of Ashland High students and staff and Butler employees who donated their time – and braved the potential heat – to make the event happen!