Calgary Business Hall of Fame 2017 Award
Gerry Wood, president of our parent company Wood Automotive Group and a noted philanthropist, was honoured to accept the prestigious Calgary Business Hall of Fame Award yesterday! Over the past 36 years, Gerry has grown the business to include seven dealerships city-wide, a Collision Centre facility and other business enterprises. As a recognized leader in the Canadian Automotive Sector and highly active in the Calgary and Okotoks communities, Gerry is committed to providing excellence in business and customer service and continued sponsorship of charities such as The PREP Program, Canadian Down Syndrome Society, The Salvation Army Alberta & Northern Territories Division, The Mustard Seed, United Way of Calgary and Area, Inclusion Alberta, Calgary Burns Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area, Calgary Stampede Corporate Hospitality Committee and many others.
Congratulations, Gerry, on this outstanding achievement!
For more about this award, please click here.
Walk and Talk with Joe
Walk with us to help support the prevention of youth homelessness in our community! The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary invite you to join us on Friday, June 30th to “Walk and Talk with Joe,” where we will walk with Joe Roberts, founder of The Push for Change, as he travels across Canada to raise awareness about youth homelessness. Our sister company, Woodridge Ford, is a proud sponsor of Joe’s trek across Canada!
To sign up or for more information about this event, please click here.
Become a Wood Automotive Group Kid Hero of the Month!
KidSport Calgary, KidSport Okotoks and Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank are proud to partner with the Wood Automotive Group and its seven dealerships in honouring young athletes throughout the year. The Wood Automotive Group Kid Hero of the Month will recognize young athletes for their enthusiasm, spirit and commitment to fair play.
“KidSport is about participation and the enjoyment of being active with friends and teammates so this new program is a perfect fit for us,” says Kevin Webster, Executive Director, KidSport Calgary. “Recognizing that teammate who has your back even when times are tough is what being a good sport is all about.”
“Most every team has an MVP but it’s usually that special teammate we remember the most,” says Russell Gillespie, General Manager, Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank. “Good teammates often become our lifelong friends.”
Sports teams, clubs and dance troupes can nominate a Wood Automotive Group Kid Hero of the Month directly to KidSport Calgary. Just visit www.KidSport.ca/Calgary and follow the link to apply. Each Kid Hero of the Month will receive a medal, certificate of recognition and a gift card. In addition, their head coach and parents will receive gift cards and their team will be treated to a pizza party hosted by a Wood Automotive Group dealership.
As an important part of the Kid Hero of the Month program, the Wood Automotive Group will donate $250.00 every month to KidSport and $250.00 to Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank to help them support local families in need. It will also dedicate advertising to support the Kid Hero of the Month program.
“Money should not be a barrier preventing our children from participating in organized sports and activities yet we know that it is. We also know that the demand for support from KidSport and Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank has never been greater. It’s important for us to step up to the plate and do what we can to help,” says Gerry Wood, Founder and President of the Wood Automotive Group.
The Wood Automotive Group also provides vehicles to KidSport Calgary and Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank and all Group dealerships (Woodridge Ford Lincoln, Okotoks Ford Lincoln, Big 4 Motors, Village Honda, Advantage Ford, Driverz Auto and All Makes Collision and Repair) are official drop-off locations for gently used sporting equipment to be donated to those in need.
For more information and to nominate a Wood Automotive Group Kid Hero of the Month, please click here.
KidSport Calgary Van
The Wood Automotive Group is a proud sponsor of KidSport Calgary, and with the help of West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc., we showed our appreciation of this great organization by donating a specially designed 2015 Ford Transit van!
Travis Eade, General Manager of Woodridge Ford, was pleased to meet with Kevin Webster, Executive Director of Kidsport Calgary, to hand over the keys!
2016 Christmas Kettle Campaign Kick-Off
The Salvation Army kicked off their Christmas Kettle Campaign on November 17th at their Hope in the City Luncheon. Gerry Wood, our president, and his family attended and presented the organization with a $100,000 donation to the campaign. We’re very excited to be a part of the campaign for another year. Please give what you can this holiday season ― stop by any of our dealerships or donate online here.
Calgary Veterans’ Food Bank
On November 1st, our president Gerry Wood presented David Howard, president of the Canadian Legacy Project, a cheque for $10,000 in response to the Calgary Veterans’ Food Bank’s call for help last week. To give your support to our veterans, please donate here.
WE Scare Hunger
Advantage Ford is teaming up with Ford Canada and WE this month to help combat hunger in our community!
1 in 8 Canadian families struggle to pay for food every day and 41% of the Calgary Food Bank’s clients are children (Calgary Food Bank, 2015 Report). For a child struggling with hunger, one meal could make all the difference in their academics, recreational activities and social life. We want to lower this number in any way we can and we need your help.
From October 1st-31st, we will be accepting non-perishable donations at our dealership. Lets help the children in our community succeed!
Drive 4UR Community
On Saturday May 7, 2016, Advantage Ford and Woodridge Ford teamed with Ford’s Drive 4UR Community non-profit programs. For every registered test drive that day, Ford Canada donated $20 to ME to WE (our chosen charity), Douglasdale elementary school (Woodridge’s chosen school) and Free the Children. We raised $1060 and Woodridge Ford raised $1700! And in light of recent events, Ford Canada matched those funds to donate to the Canadian Red Cross’ Fort McMurray relief efforts. That’s a total of $2760 going to our community and Free the Children and $2760 going to Fort McMurray! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the sunshine with a free BBQ and fun activities for the kids and to support these amazing causes!
Christmas Kettle Campaign Wrap-Up
In December 2015, the Wood Automotive Group (which includes Advantage Ford, Woodridge Ford, Okotoks Ford, Big 4 Motors, Village Honda and Driverz Auto) launched its Christmas Kettle Campaign. From every vehicle sold at any of the above dealerships, a portion of the proceeds was donated to The Salvation Army Alberta & Northwest Territories Division.
Well, this morning Wood Automotive Group president and our dealer principle, Gerry Wood, and his family presented a $100,000 cheque to this wonderful non-profit!
Thank you to all those who purchased a vehicle from any of our dealerships that month as you directly contributed to this amazing donation! We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of such a wonderful and giving community and we look forward to giving back more to our community throughout the year!