Calgary Business Hall of Fame 2017 Award
Gerry Wood, president of 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.
On April 22nd, Advantage Ford celebrated the completion of their renovations, the newly updated facility and their new team. It was a wonderful night filled with delicious refreshments and great friends! Gerald Wood from Ford Canada stopped by to present the Golden Shovel Award to Gerry Wood, President and Founder of Wood Automotive Group and Dealer Principle of Advantage Ford, and Jeff McLenehan, General Manager of Advantage Ford, for their dedication to providing leading edge facilities in support of long term customer satisfaction and owner loyalty. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!
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 acitivites 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 Motots, 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!
Salvation Army Toy Donations
When Gerry Wood, our president, heard that the Salvation Army was low on toy donations this year, he donated $5000 worth of toys to the organization last week. Samko Party Services, our toy supplier, then matched our donations ― meaning $10,000 worth of toys were donated to the Salvation Army! A big thanks to Woodridge Ford, Scott, Christine, and Ashton for making the special delivery!
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.
Okotoks Official Opening
On September 21st, Okotoks Ford Lincoln celebrated its official opening! It was a fantastic evening filled with good food, friends and entertainment. Gerry Wood, president of Wood Automotive Group, and Rick Cherrington, General Manager of Okotoks Ford Lincoln, had the very special honour of welcoming Dianne Craig, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Inc., to the stage, where she awarded the Golden Shovel Award to Okotoks Ford Lincoln for providing leading edge facilities in support of long term customer satisfaction and owner loyalty. We also had the pleasure of having special guests George Canyon, the Calgary Burns Club Singers and the Rocky Mountain Pipe Band perform! Thanks to everyone who joined us to help celebrate!
Our favourite baseball team, the Okotoks Dawgs, stopped by our Okotoks Ford dealership on June 13th to say hello and to take some fun photos! Okotoks Ford is a major sponsor to Okotoks Dawgs and we're excited for this season. We have two feature games coming up ― this upcoming Father's Day Sunday (the 19th) and on July 29th. Okotoks Ford will be there both days with two of their trucks out front, collecting donations for KidSport. So come one, come all to these great family outings! And don't forget to bring your gently used sports equipment to help out families in need ― we'll be looking forward to saying hi!
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, Douglasdale elementary school and Free the Children. Advantage Ford 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!
Okotoks Ford Lincoln proudly sponsored the annual Foothills Highland Games.
Wood Auto & Kid Sport Calgary Spring Equipment Drive - April 24, 2015 at Woodridge Ford Lincoln
2015: The PREP Program Donation Presentation
2015: The Burnstein Dinner