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Top Arizona Winter Vacation Destinations

Arizona Winter Vacation | Sanderson Ford | Glendale, AZ

Arizona may not seem like some folks’ ideal destination for a winter vacation, but there’s plenty to love around the Copper State. When you’re planning out what to do with your time off this winter, consider hitting up these great spots that aren’t too far from Glendale.

Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort

Never tried your hand (or foot) at skiing? No problem. Arizona Snowbowl is the biggest course for beginners in the Southwest, and it’s every bit as great for experienced skiers. If you want to make a trip of it, you can reserve a room at Basecamp, which offers clean and cozy accommodations that’re great for the whole family.

Arizona Nordic Village

If you want to experience camping in a whole new light, head north to Flagstaff and stay at the Arizona Nordic Village. With charming yurts, cabins, and expansive campsites, there’s never a wrong time to book some time away at Nordic Village. But winter is especially cozy around this campground with opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing as well as expert instruction to help your little ones enjoy the trip.

Grand Canyon

No list of destinations in Arizona — winter or not — would be complete without mentioning the Grand Canyon. It doesn’t matter how often you’ve been or how recently — there’s just something magical and powerful about taking in one of the most incredible natural sights in the world.

If you’re looking for a great new ride to get you and your family to your Arizona winter vacation destination, look no further than Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona. We’ve got hot new vehicles like the all-new F-150 and Bronco Sport, and we’re ready to help you make the most of your time off.

Top Halloween Events Near Glendale

Halloween Activities | Sanderson Ford | Glendale, AZ

Spooky season is here, and it’s time to break out your favorite fall attire and celebrate. Even if it doesn’t get particularly cool here in Glendale, you can still get in the Halloween spirit with these local events.

AZ Field of Screams

Nothing quite says autumn like a haunted attraction. AZ Field of Screams just so happens to be one of the spookiest you can experience in Arizona. The popular corn maze is open for 2021, promising terrifying new scenes and hordes of horrifying monsters that’ll have you sleeping with the lights on.

The Local Savvy AZ Halloween Bash at the Train Park

Mark your calendars on Oct. 24 from 3-5 p.m., because you won’t want to miss Local Savvy AZ’s Halloween Bash. For $30, your ticket gets you access to cool stuff like pumpkin decorating, food and drink samples from restaurants around Glendale, and a costume contest just to name a few. You can pick up your tickets at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park.

If you plan to head out to one or more events for some frightening fun this Halloween, be sure that you’re staying safe and being careful. From your friends at Sanderson Ford, have a happy and healthy Halloween.

Fun Summer Road Trips Near Glendale, AZ

Summer Road Trips | Glendale, AZ

If you’re feeling the need to get away this summer, you’ll find plenty of great options within easy driving distance of Glendale, Arizona. Here at Sanderson Ford, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite road-trip destinations around the Southwest — from outdoor adventures to urban discoveries.

Flagstaff

When the summer heat gets too intense, head up Interstate 17 and experience high-altitude relief in Flagstaff, Arizona. While you’re here, stroll the downtown area to find art galleries, performances, breweries and local dining. Or head to the surrounding mountains and forests for camping, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. You’re also just a short drive away from the beauty of the Grand Canyon!

Las Vegas

One of the world’s most notorious vacation destinations, Las Vegas offers something for everyone. Hit the Las Vegas Strip for glamorous nightlife, luxurious hotels, dazzling entertainment, unforgettable sights, and, of course, 24-hour-a-day casino action. Moving beyond the glitz, you can enjoy a more laid-back time in the city’s growing Arts District, marvel at the architectural achievement of the massive Hoover Dam, or hike at nearby Mount Charleston.

San Diego

In San Diego, the weather is always gorgeous, the beach is always nearby, and the attractions are always plentiful. If relaxation is your goal, head to one of the city’s many lovely beaches for the perfect mix of sand and sun. If you’re visiting with the family, be sure to check out top draws like the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld. And if you’re in an adventurous mood, get out and enjoy the great local hiking, discover a new favorite dish in the city’s booming restaurant scene, or spend some time exploring Balboa Park’s exciting mix of museums, performances, and natural beauty.

If all you’re missing for your next road trip is a stylish new vehicle to take it in, visit Sanderson Ford and we’ll get you on the road.

Giving Back this Holiday Season in Glendale, AZ

giving back this holiday season

With holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can end this year on a generous note. Here at Sanderson Ford, we’ve gathered a few suggestions for how you can give back to the community this holiday season.

Kick off your seasonal altruism by attending the 2017 We Believe Gala on October 28th from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, hosted by the Horse Rhythm Foundation. This is the largest fundraising event for the organization, and it will feature guest speakers such as war veteran and former POW Colonel Thomas H. Kirk. Tickets must be purchased in advance via the gala’s website.

Next, on November 10th, spend a night out on the town with the 2017 Annual House of Refuge Gala. Held from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, the theme for this year’s event will be “New York State of Mind.” The event will feature foods inspired by the Big Apple. Guests can enjoy games and live music while helping improve the lives of homeless individuals and domestic abuse victims.

Finally, on December 9th, join the 25th Anniversary Gala for the Phoenix Deaf Women Organization. Held from 6:00pm to 11:00pm at the MonOrchid, this event will educate the public about deaf culture, advocacy, and empowerment. Special guest Missy Keast, entrepreneur with ASL Inside, will be the featured speaker along with other noteworthy guests.

These are just some of the many ways you can give back to the local community this holiday season.

Fall in Phoenix: Fun Local Festivals for You To Visit

Fall in Phoenix

At Sanderson Ford, we love living so close to Phoenix. There’s always a ton to do, and since the weather is perfect in September and October, fall in Phoenix is one of our favorite times of the year. Here are some events this October that you won’t want to miss.

 

Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

 

From October 13-15, 2017, head to Tempe Beach Park for the best in German beers, foods, and festivities. Four Peaks Brewery will be serving up some of its German brews, while live music from Whiskey’s Quicker, Jared and the Mill, Lil Jon, and more keep you entertained all weekend long.

 

Arizona Taco Festival

 

That same weekend, don’t miss the Arizona Taco Festival from October 14-15, 2017. Take a break from the German grub and head to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick to taste more types of tacos than you knew existed.

 

Lost Lake Festival

 

The next weekend is an exciting one for music fans, as the Lost Lake Festival runs from October 20-22, 2017 at Steele Indian School Park. Tickets are $165-$225 for a three-day general admission, but it’s worth the cost as you’ll have the chance to see performers like Chance the Rapper, The Killers, The Pixies, Haim, Ludacris, and more.

 

If you want any more local fun recommendations, just ask us at Sanderson Ford!

 

Charity Spotlight: Military Assistance Mission

Military Assistance Mission

 

It’s a beautiful thing when a community is willing to come together to support one another, especially for those families who know the trials and stresses that come with military life. The Military Assistance Mission is an Arizona charity that was developed in order to support local active-duty military and their families, as well as Arizona’s wounded warriors.

 

Military Assistance Mission is built with a community that wants to give back as much as possible to those who have given to and sacrificed for our country. With that in mind, it’s been an honor for Sanderson Ford to partner with Military Assistance Mission in the past, doing our part to contribute to their honorable mission. At Sanderson Ford, community involvement is a priority and our wish is to do everything we can do to create a strong, unified city and state. We feel tremendously supported by our neighbors near and far, and seek to give back wherever we can, from partnering with the Military Assistance Mission to working with the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

 

Recently, Sanderson Ford was able to partner with Roush Performance in order to auction off the “Jack Roush Tribute” Mustang. This special Mustang ended up selling for $175,000, and all of those proceeds went straight to Military Assistance Mission who used it to support the local military families.

 

We look forward to the next opportunity for a partnership with the Military Assistance Mission, especially knowing that their continuous efforts are making a huge difference in the Arizona community.

 

Give Back for the Holidays with Sanderson Ford’s Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive

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Help Sanderson Ford give back this Christmas!

Christmas is a time of giving, so Sanderson Ford is joining forces with ABC15 and Sanderson Lincoln to give to local people in need. The Fifteenth Annual Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive is being held to collect donations for the area’s children’s charities, while also giving one lucky grand prize winner the chance to win a new 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew truck or Lincoln MKZ.

Those interested in donating to the Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive can help Sanderson Ford’s cause by bringing a new unwrapped toy, children’s clothing items, packaged food items, or a monetary donation. These items can be brought to either ABC15, Sanderson Ford, Sanderson Lincoln, and the UPS Store location nearest you from November 17th to December 20th.

Donors will receive one entry slip to earn the chance of winning a new Ford F-150 or Lincoln MKZ for each accepted donated item. Participants who make a monetary donation will receive one slip for every $5 donation.

Each of these donations will go towards lending a helping hand to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc., The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, and Military Assistance Mission. Spread the joy of the holidays by participating in the Fifteenth Annual Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive, and give back this year.

Ford Contributes $400,000 in Scholarships for High School Seniors

Ford has always believed in giving back, and this past January the automaker gave back in a big way to teens in North Texas.

Ford Motor Company, along with North Texas Ford dealerships, gave $400,000 in scholarships to area high school students to pursue higher education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. So far, Ford has donated over $2 million in total to education, benefiting over 14,000 students in North Texas alone. Recipients of this latest round of scholarships will be recognized at the Ford Driving Dreams event in May 2016.

From the $400,000 in scholarships, individual students will receive $2,000 after applying and writing an essay answering the question, “What Drives Your Dream?”

Ford Motor Company invests over $8 million annually to education around the country. Alongside the Ford Driving Dreams program, students can benefit from a variety of other nationwide Ford academic programs, like Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, and Ford STEAM Lab.

Giving back is just another thing that Ford believes you should “Go Further” in.

$400,000 in scholarships

HALO Animal Shelter Drive Going on at Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford is doing an animal shelter drive with HALO (Helping Animals Live On) animal shelter!  Whether you own pets or not, this is always a great thing to do for animals in shelters in our community.

We will be collecting toys for both dogs and cats through September 16th at the dealership.  The following are just a few of the items we will be collecting to help local area animals.

  • Towels and rags
  • Cat litter pans
  • Ceramic cat bowls
  • Dog collars nylon tuff adjustable 8-12 inch or 10-14 inch
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Break-away cat collars, any size
  • Comfort Zone Plug In for dogs and cats
  • Cat/small dog fleece bed
  • Newspaper

Check out the comprehensive list for more supplies that are needed!

Want to help more than just giving a donation?  Have you ever thought about adopting?  There are so many dogs and cats in shelters all over the country that are looking for loving homes, so if it is something you have been thinking about, contact HALO for more information on animal adoption!

HALO Animal Shelter

Sanderson Ford Helps Collect Water for the Salvation Army

As you might remember, we teamed up with 11 other Ford dealerships and Big Surf Waterpark to help collect water for the Salvation Army in order to support the Extreme Heat Hydration Program.  As a result, more than 40,500 bottles of water were collected at the various Ford dealerships around the area.

“The Salvation Army is grateful to the Metro Phoenix Ford dealers for their support of our Hydrate Arizona campaign.  As temperatures continue to rise, clean drinking water becomes a life and death issue.  Thanks to the partnership with Ford Motor Company, we are able to provide relief to hundreds of men and women exposed to extreme conditions,” said Major John Brackenbury of the Salvation Army.

Sanderson Ford collected more bottles of water than any other Ford dealership in the area with a grand total of 18,000 bottles.

“This is our second year hosting a bottled water drive in conjunction with Big Surf and the Salvation Army and we exceeded last year’s total by more than 9,000 bottles,” said Steve Papanikolas, the Phoenix Regional Manager for Ford.

We are so proud of the amount of bottles of water we were able to collect for the Salvation Army and we just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that donated and helped to make this possible!

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