Ford Continues Support of GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Education Programs

Ford is expanding its position as a long-time supporter of GRAMMY Foundation®’s Music Education Programs with a donation of additional funds to its Drive 4 UR School program and the donation of a new 2015 Ford vehicle awarded to the 2015 Music Educator of the Year.

The Drive 4 UR School program allows schools to earn up to $6,000 for their school’s music program and other extracurricular activities by partnering with participating local Ford dealerships and sponsoring test drive events. Since the program was launched in 2007, Ford has helped raise nearly $25 million for schools nationwide.

The Music Educator Award™ was established by the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy® to recognize outstanding music educators who have made a “significant and lasting” contribution to music education in their schools and communities.

“Education is the cornerstone of a brighter future, and we are proud to work with the GRAMMY Foundation because of our shared commitment to providing educational opportunities for all,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services in a statement. “Expanding our association to include another innovative Ford community program and a brand new Ford vehicle for the Music Educator of the Year is a great way to award the hard work of teachers and schools throughout our country.”

This year’s Music Educator Award™ goes to Jared Cassedy, a music teacher at Windham High School in Windham, N.H. As this year’s winner, Cassedy will be awarded a brand-new 2015 Ford vehicle. From all of us at Mountain View Ford, we’d like to congratulate Jared Cassidy, and send out a profound ‘thank you’ to the hard-working music educators in our community.

Lantern Fest Coming to Chattanooga

The Lantern Fest is coming to Chattanooga!

The Lantern Fest is coming to Chattanooga!

Chattanooga may have some temporary lighting in the night sky soon and residents are able to take part. The Lantern Fest, which travels city to city, is an event that sends lit lanterns into the sky for one night only. There’s no set date just yet but you can expect an announcement soon.

Residents 16 and older are required to register. Registering early is $20 and normal registration is $25. Registrants receive a wristband signifying an “approved lighter”, a lantern, lighter, crayons, and a kit for s’ mores. Group options are available.

Groups receive three lanterns, lighters, two boxes of crayons, and six s’ mores kits. Only those who have registered and signed a waiver are eligible to light a lantern. Residents under the age of 15 enter for free but cannot light lanterns.

The lanterns are biodegradable so there’s no harm to the environment. The event is staffed by volunteers and donations are made by the event to a charity. The Lantern Fest originated in Ancient China and parts of Asia millennia ago.

Today, the lanterns symbolize good fortune and letting go of your past. And with the release of the movie Tangled, we can all feel like we are in a Disney movie!

Come in and see us today at Mountain View Ford of Chattanooga, TN and let us know if you are going to go to the Lantern Fest. We hope to see you there!

North Texas Ford Dealers Prep for the Future with Huge Education Initiatives

North Texas Ford Dealers Prep for the Future with Huge Education InitiativesThe Ford Fund has had a unique and productive relationship with North Texas Ford dealerships for several years now, dating back to 2013. The dealerships will receive over $800,000 dollars from the Ford Fund this year, money that will be channeled into education programs, scholarships, and many other initiatives and programs as well. This year’s donations will bring the total money poured into the North Texas community to 2 million dollars.

This year, the program will help over 14,000 students, provide over $350,000 dollars in scholarships, and also prepare students for college with the Ford Driving Dreams Tour. “We are very excited to continue this program in North Texas,” said Sam Pack, chairman of the North Texas Ford Dealers. “Education is a top priority for Ford and its dealers and we believe this is an excellent opportunity to support student achievement in our communities.”

The Driving Dreams Tour is especially cool, as it gives 10,000 new books to students. It’s all part of the overall plan to get to kids early and put them on a path towards success, both in high school and into college. To learn more about any Ford initiative or product, come visit us here at Mountain View Ford!

Ford Wins Most Edmunds.com Most Popular Awards

Edmunds.com Most Popular Awards

Ford Explorer

When it comes to being popular, Ford knows exactly what it’s like. The American carmaker was recently the recipient of the most Edmunds.com Most Popular awards for the 2014 model year with eight total vehicles recognized. This is more than any other brand, showing that Ford’s innovative approach to the automotive industry is what consumers love.

 

“We are proud to see more interest in Ford vehicles than any other brand on Edmunds.com,” said Chantel Lenard, Ford director for U.S. Marketing. “The fact so many people are researching Ford vehicles shows our product portfolio is truly world-class and we offer the vehicles customers want.”

 

The eight vehicles that received the Most Popular honors include the Ford F-150, Expedition, Explorer, Mustang, Shelby GT500, Fiesta, Transit van, and Transit Connect. Each of these vehicles were considered the top three most-researched vehicles in their segments from January 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.

 

If you are interested in seeing why Ford is considered the Most Popular brand in the car industry, make sure you come in to the showroom at Mountain View Ford!

Ford F-150 Is the Truck of the Year at Detroit Auto Show

F-150 is the truck of the yearEvery year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards are presented. These awards are considered to be two of the most prestigious in the industry. This year, Ford was excited to learn that the all-new F-150 is the Truck of the Year.

 

“Ford is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a statement. “Ford employees and customers have a lot to be proud of with the innovative and award-winning F-150.”

 

Fifty veteran automotive journalists from both the United States and Canada evaluate cars, trucks, and SUVs from across the industry to decide on the winners. Only models that are all-new or significantly updated are eligible for this award.

 

With this year’s honor for the F-150, it is the eighth time Ford has won the Truck of the Year award in the award’s 22-year history. The F-150 was one of three finalists for the Truck/Utility of the Year award and was chosen over the Chevrolet Colorado and Lincoln MKC.

 

If you want your new truck to be the best of the best, stop by Mountain View Ford today and we’ll show you why the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is the best pickup truck in the industry.

Learn How to Fight the Flu with These Tips

How to Fight the FluIt’s flu season again, and Chattanooga citizens are taking it particularly hard. The city has even been named the number one for flu activity in the entire country, according to a Walgreens flu index.

Here are some tips on how to fight the flu:

  • Get a flu vaccine – while it is certainly past the prime time to get the flu vaccine, it’s better to get it late than never
  • Wash your hands more frequently, go out of your way to avoid people who you know are sick, and generally try to avoid germy places
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands until you wash them

 

If you already have the flu and are trying to get better:

  1. Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water
  2. Look into getting a humidifier or steam inhalants, or simply run a steamy bath to ease congestion
  3. And please – stay home to avoid infecting others

 

We at Mountain View Ford care about your health and want you to have a flu-free winter season. Please be cautious about the flu and do your part to prevent its spreading.

New Ford GT Premiere to Occur at Auto Show in Detroit

New Ford GT PremiereFord has announced their plans to reveal the next-generation Ford GT supercar at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month, in perfect timing with the 50th anniversary of Ford’s first Le Mans victory with the first GT.

 

Likely, the new GT at the Auto Show will simply be a concept as opposed to the final vehicle. No images of the car have surfaced online for testing yet, despite rumors of the vehicle’s production all last year.

 

Experts are estimating that the new GT will top the Mustang in terms of Ford’s performance car catalog, utilizing possibly a 5.0-litre V8 or a 3.5-litre V6 twin-turbo EcoBoost engine.

 

The new Ford GT premiere won’t be the only thing going on at the Ford section of the Auto Show, which will also probably show off the next generation F-150 Raptor, the updated Focus ST, and the Fiesta ST.

 

Visit us at Mountain View Ford for all the latest Ford information and to check out our available models.

Get Veterans Involved: A Win/Win for Kids and Vets

get veterans involvedWhen every news story seems to give you something new to worry about, it’s always nice to read one which can bring tears to your eyes. One such story brings together two groups in American society who aren’t as well-served as they should be: veterans and underprivileged children. This story is about Get Veterans Involved.

 

As the director and co-founder Bob Kincaid saw it, children need solid role models and mentors. A lot of them need an extra push outside of the time spent in class. Veterans need a positive way to transition to civilian life from the rigors of military service. Veterans also need to make a few bucks while they go to school or train for a new job.

 

The program is simple: veterans will be “on hand to help in any way teachers ask,” according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Five schools–Calvin Donaldson, DuPont, East Lake, Hardy and Woodmore–will pilot the program. It’s the founders’ distinct hope the success of the Get Veterans Involved program will lead to nation-wide implementation. That’s something we’d love to see here at Mountain View Ford as well.

New Year’s Eve in Chattanooga: Why Not ‘Party on the Bluff’?

new years eve in chattanoogaNew Year’s Eve is a time to revel in both excitement for the future and gratitude for the past—while enjoying the company of friends and indulging in drink and savory vittles, of course. Is there any better place to do just that than inside an art museum overlooking a beautiful river?

If you find yourself in Chattanooga on the New Year’s Eve, you will have an opportunity to do just that. Party on the Bluff goes down at the Hunter Museum of American Art, and the festivities commence at 8:30pm.

You’ll have the privileged opportunity to enjoy yummy morsels from Events with Taste and musical entertainment from Sound Force Entertainment. Not to mention, you’ll be able to contemplate the extraordinary art that adorns the museum walls or wander over to the window and observe the natural beauty of the Tennessee River.

We at Mountain View Ford would like to wish you and yours a wonderful New Year’s Eve!

A Christmas to Remember: Creative Car-Gifting Ideas

Creative car-gifting ideasIt’s always fun to give unexpected and jaw-dropping gifts for Christmas while watching the reaction of the new car owner. If you have the opportunity to gift a vehicle to your loved one this year and are looking for the perfect way to surprise him or her, here are a few ideas from us at Mountain View Ford.

  1. Put the car key in a jewelry box. As your loved one opens the trinket-sized box to find the key, you’ll have her wondering if it is what she thinks it is. You can then calmly take the key fob and remote start the new Ford waiting in the driveway.
  2. Take him out to dinner. Enjoy a nice meal at his favorite restaurant. Just before you leave, have the server bring the car key on a dessert plate with a note saying “Find Me.” Be sure to take pictures as he searches the parking lot for his new ride home.
  3. Gift wrap a picture of the car. On Christmas morning, this questionably thin gift should be the last one opened. Watch as her face turns from confusion to disbelief to joy as she races to look out the window and find the real-life version of the pictured vehicle.

These are just a few of our favorite creative car-gifting ideas. However you decide to surprise your loved one with a new vehicle, be sure to take lots of pictures and tell us the whole story in the comments below. Happy gift-giving!