Butler Employees Honored

October’s been a big month for Butler employees! Here’re a few of the honors bestowed among our ranks over the past few weeks:

David croppedDavid Welch (Ford shop) earned the title Senior Master Technician, a level of skill that took years, and more than 600 hours to studying and testing, to achieve. A Ford rep even stopped by to shake David’s hand, take him to lunch, and give him a cool plaque! David joins Butler’s other three Senior Master Certified Techs. We’re so proud of them all!


ThadThad Grogan (Body Shop) won his age group at the Dry Creek Ex-change Trail Horse Competition! In three contests throughout the year Thad and his quarter horse, Cody, cleared obstacles and jumped logs and gates in quick enough time to come from behind and take home the buckle. Thad, who’s been riding for more than five years and competing for three, says he takes horse classes every Saturday night so he and Cody can master real-life skills and be ready for anything the trail might throw them. As for whether he’ll compete again next year Thad says, “It’s fun, but… now that I’ve won I don’t want to lose now!” Congratulations, Thad!

GuyGuy Fowler (Body Shop) was honored by Living Opportunities for his gorgeous contribution to this year’s FurnARTure event. The auction is the signature fundraiser for The Studio at Living Opps, a branch of the non-profit that provides Living Opps clients with art instruction and materials. Guy donated a matching set of Adirondeck chairs he’d built by hand and “weather-proofed” with automotive paint! The items were sold in the FurnARTure silent auction. We’re in awe of Guy for the time, effort, and heart he contributed to a non-profit Butler proudly stands behind.

Peter McFadden in Jail for MDA edited croppedPeter McFadden (Sales Manager) raised more than $800 in “bail” after getting locked up for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Actually, Pete and the other “jailbirds” spent a few hours at the Buffalo Wild Wings on October 29th where they called everyone they could think of to raise funds. Thanks to everyone who contributed, Pete brought in more than $800, enough to send a child with Muscular Dystrophy to camp! Way to go, Pete!

Butler Supports MDA

One of Butler’s own is behind bars… for a great cause! Butler Acura sales manager Peter McFadden has been “locked up” to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association! Pete’s not actually in jail but is asking for donations to help “bail” him out. All the funds he raises will go to MDA to help find a cure for more than 40 neuromuscular conditions. If you’re interested in donating visit mda.org or, donate in Pete’s name by clicking here. (*The link on the poster includes a typo and won’t take you to the right page.)

Butler Supports Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up Event

Michael Maag, Lighting Dept. Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

CONGRATULATIONS to all the “jailbirds” from local businesses who participated in last month’s MDA Ashland Lock-Up!

Butler Automotive Group has sponsored the Ashland and Medford events for the past 5 years, donating vans to transport “jailbirds” from their place of business to the lock-up.  Once there, the “jailbirds” leverage their contacts to raise “bail”, otherwise known as donations to MDA.  This year’s Ashland event brought in $14,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association! 

Among other things, the funds will be used to help send local kids with Muscular Dystrophy to summer camp, a week of activities geared for their abilities and a place to bond with other kids with similar health concerns.  Having had the privilege of visiting that camp when I was involved in the MDA Telethon years ago, I can testify from experience that some of the children look forward to that week all year long.  Their joy was contagious. 

Butler is honored to be able to play a role in sending those children to camp, and offers kudos to other local businesses that do the same.  Let’s keep up the good work, Southern Oregon!