Archive for Communtiy Involvement

2nd Annual Memorial Day Ride & Concert

For the second year in a row, Sanderson Ford is proud to be a sponsor of the Memorial Day Ride and Concert to honor fallen American heroes.  The second annual ride and concert will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

Pre-registration will take place Thursday, May 24 from 6-10pm next to Riders will also be able to register the day-of beginning at 2:30pm at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson.  The cost is $25 per biker and $15 per passenger, with all proceeds benefitting the American Legion Riders and the Patriot Guard Riders.

On Sunday, kickstands will go up at 4:30 pm with the gold star flag flown by Mike Broomhead in honor of his brother, Tom.  Following the ride, the after party and concert will take place at Dillon’s Restaurant at the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium, where Arizona’s number one country band, Western Bred, will take the stage at 7:00pm.

Those who do not ride a motorcycle can still come out to enjoy good food and entertainment. For more information about the Memorial Day Ride & Concert, visit

Arizona Hobbyist Council Car Show

We had a fantastic turnout this Saturday at the Arizona Automobile Hobbyist Council car show held at Sanderson Ford.  There were over 100 cars of all makes and models to look at and over 1,000 spectators dropped in to look.  These shows keep getting better and better!  Click below to see all the photos- PHOTOBUCKET.

 Our next show will be on March 24th and brought to you by the Wild West Mustangs of Arizona.  Expect to see about 150 Ford and Ford powered vehicles at this show.

A quick question-

Would anybody be interested in a monthly, Friday evening, cruise-in featuring 50’s and 60’s cars centered around an “American Graffiti” theme?  Maybe an outdoor movie, dancing to a live band, etc.  We’re thinking possibly the 1st Friday of Oct., Nov., and Dec.

Let me know.  We do appreciate your support.

Carefree-Cave Creek Balloon Festival

The 3rd annual Carefree-Cave Creek Balloon Festival, co-hosted by Sanderson Ford, Sanderson Lincoln, and Sanderson Volvo, will take place this Saturday, January 21, from 4-10pm at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center.  The festival will showcase hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes, live music, fireworks, the Arizona Skyhawks Parachute Team, food and beverage, and a kid’s zone.

General admission to the balloon festival will be $8.00, available at the gate. Children aged 3-12 will be $5.00 and those 2 years and under get in for free. VIP tickets are also available for $55, and gives you access to a private VIP area with seating, fire pits, buffet dinner, bar, and restrooms. $20 from every VIP ticket goes directly to the Tim & Willy Kid’s FUN-Dation, a foundation committed to improving the quality of life for Arizona’s children.

The KidsZone activities, vendor market, food and beverage will open at 4:00.  An hour of live music by TheKards will start at 4:30, and balloons will begin inflating around 5:45.  Two hours of Balloon Glow will start at 6:00, along with live music by Tim and Willy and the All Earl Band. The Night Parachute Demonstration will take place at 8:00, followed by fireworks at 8:30.  During and after the fireworks, The Herndon Brothers will play until 10:00.

For more information about the Carefree-Cave Creek Balloon Festival, to purchase tickets, or to schedule a balloon ride, visit

Winter Driving Safety Tips

With Christmas travel fast approaching and snow in the Arizona mountains, Sanderson Ford offers a Top 10 list of driving tips to help you and your families stay safe on the roads this season. 

10. DO allow extra time to brush and scrape your vehicle and don’t forget to bring a scraper with you!  With frost in the valley and snow up north, clearing windows is crucial for visibility and removing snow or ice from the top of your car will spare cars behind you from encountering an unexpected snow assault.  DON’T forget to clean snow and ice off your headlights and taillights as well.

9. DO top off your windshield wiper washer with winterized fluid to make sure it doesn’t freeze or crack, preventing you from washing away dirt and salt.  DON’T try to melt ice from your windshield by pouring hot water on it. Using hot water can crack the windshield.

8. DO wash your car when you return to remove salt and dirt from the roadways.

7. DO keep at least half a tank of gas to prevent stranding yourself in adverse conditions or closed highways. DON’T forget to check that all fluids are at proper levels and ensure all tires, including the spare, have the required pressure and tread.

6. DO prepare your car for an emergency.  Make sure you have a blanket to stay warm, proper attire (boots, jacket, hat and gloves) in case you have to be outside for an extended period of time, a shovel, flashlight with fresh batteries and snacks. Keep your cell phone charged.  Be familiar with it’s GPS capabilities in case you need to call for help.  DON’T forget the kitty litter or sand, to use for added traction if your car becomes stuck in the snow.  

5. DO stay aware of what’s around you on the road, including checking your blind spots and keeping an eye out for pedestrians.  DON’T follow too closely. The general rule is the vehicle ahead should pass a road marker two seconds before you. In slippery conditions, it is recommended to double the amount of space between you and the vehicle in front.

4. DO apply even pressure when braking in slick conditions if your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes. Keep in mind anti-lock brakes do not shorten stopping distance, but they do help you maintain control.  DON’T become overconfident in electronic safety features your car may have.   Always test road conditions with cautious driving when the surface area is wet or icy, particularly on bridges and overpasses. 

3. DO turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide when driving on snowy or icy roads until you gain control.  DON’T apply power or change directions suddenly on snow or ice.

2. DO stay calm if you find yourself stuck in the snow or broken down on the side of the road in bad conditions.  DON’T leave your car unless available shelter is near. If you need to run the engine to stay warm, make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow so the interior stays clear of harmful carbon monoxide.

DO stay awake and alert behind the wheel. If necessary, take a break and grab a coffee. 

As Arizona residents, we sometimes forget what it is like to drive in these conditions.  Don’t be caught in a bad situation and enjoy your holidays. 

Merry Christmas from the employees and owners of Sanderson Ford!

Sanderson Ford Hopes to Make 10th Annual Operation Santa Claus the Best Yet

Sanderson Ford has partnered with Sanderson Lincoln, Sanderson Volvo, and ABC15 to bring Phoenix customers the 10th annual Operation Santa Claus!  The first nine years of Operation Santa Claus have resulted in a record number of donations and this year we hope to do even better.

Those who wish to make a donation can bring a new, unwrapped toy, children’s clothing item, packaged food, or monetary donation to any of the three Sanderson stores, ABC15, a local UPS Store, or any Operation Santa Claus event.  The charity benefits several valley children’s charities, including St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, Tim and Willy’s Kid’s FUN-Dation, and Operation Homefront of Arizona.

Donors will also be entered to win their choice of a new Ford F-150 Super Crew or Volvo S60 with each accepted donation.  Two finalists will be chosen every Tuesday on ABC15’s Sonoran Living.  The ten finalists will each receive a $100 Visa gift card and a key.  One key will start the Ford F-150, and that lucky finalist will win either the Ford truck or Volvo sedan.

Operation Santa Claus runs from now until December 20, 2011.  For more information about Operation Santa Claus, stop by Sanderson Ford at 6400 N 51st Avenue, Glendale, AZ, or visit

Veteran’s Memorial at Sanderson Ford

Join Sanderson Ford in celebrating past, present, and future heroes this Veterans Day in Phoenix, Arizona. The Ford dealership is teaming up with Return With Honor to hold the second annual celebration honoring veterans November 7th through the 12th.

The celebration will kick off on Monday, November 7th at 10:00 AM with the Introduction of Colors, the National Anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance. Honored guests will include Medal of Honor recipient Rudy Hernandez, Lt. Joe Torillo (FDNY, retired and 9/11 survivor), Dignitaries from the City of Glendale, and KFYI personality and Goldstar Family Member Mike Broomhead.

Future Heroes Day will be held Tuesday, November 8th at Sanderson Ford. Students from Palo Verde Middle School will receive a fire department escort to Sanderson, where an honor ceremony, presentation, and demonstrations, including flag retirement and folding, will take place. Lunch will also be provided to the students.
On Thursday, November 10th, the March for Heroes will begin at Sanderson Ford and end at Resthaven Park Cemetary, where a chapel ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM and a gravesite ceremony will take place at 10:30. The gravesite ceremony will include posting of the flag, a 21-gun salute, taps, and a performance by the Miracle of America singers.

Veterans Day is on Friday, and all activities will be at the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade.

Sanderson Ford will be hosting a non-judged Cruise In from 8 to 2 on Saturday. All makes and models are welcome, and space will be provided for 200 cars. There will be a $10 donation to Return With Honor at the gate, and a dash plaque and goodie bag will be provided. A 50/50 drawing and multi-prize raffle will also take place. The Starliner Diner will be open and serving their car show menu during the cruise in, and spectator parking will be available across the street, on the corner of 51st Avenue and Maryland. From 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, a special ceremony and presentation honoring Arizona’s Fallen Heroes will take place.

For more information about Return With Honor and this week’s events, visit the organization online at For information about the car show, contact Dave Tedder at (623) 842-8600 or email at Follow Sanderson Ford on Twitter at for the latest news and information from the Phoenix Ford dealership.

See the photo album HERE.

Help Sanderson Ford Raise Money for Katie Wagner

Join Sanderson Ford in helping to raise money for a local teen battling a rare form of cancer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital!  Sanderson Ford has donated a new 2012 Ford Focus as a grand prize in a raffle to benefit 15-year-old Katie Wagner.

Katie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma on October 19, 2011.  Katie and her family live in Anthem, but have been spending a lot of time at Phoenix Children’s as she fights this uphill battle.

A We Care account has been set up for Katie at Mid First Bank. We Care is a 501c3 Anthem, AZ non-profit, and 100% of funds donated to this account will benefit Katie and her family.  Donations can made through Jeff or Mark at Mid First Bank in Anthem, or mailed to

We Care
3655 West Anthem Way
Suite A-109 PMB 280
Anthem, AZ 85086

A PayPal has also been set up for Katie. To donate to this account, log in to your account and enter wecare@gosfm with notation that the donation is for Katie Wagner.

The raffle, in which a 2012 Focus will be donated as a grand prize, will take place on Friday, December 23, 2011 at Sanderson Ford.  For every $5 donation, you will receive one raffle slip. 100% of proceeds will go to the We Care account.  To make a donation and qualify to win the car, visit Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Sanderson Lincoln/Volvo in Phoenix, or any Katie Wagner fundraising event now through December 23, 2011.

For more information and events, visit the We Care Anthem Facebook page.

All Ford Show a Huge Success

Thanks everyone for the great success enjoyed at the October 2nd All Ford Show. There was a great variety of cars to look at and the largest spectator crowd we have ever had! Also, special thanks to the Wild West Mustangs of Arizona for running the lot and managing the show activities. We couldn’t have done it without their experience.

Here is a shout-out to all the first place winners-
John Rank, 1913 T-bucket
Joe and Janice Dean, 1913 Model T town car limo (also sponsor’s best award)
Keith Morse, 1954 Mercury Monterry
Ken and Kim Smith, 1970 Torino GT
Jack and Nancy Kennedy, 1934 5 window coupe
Steve Jones, 1965 Falcon
Craig Leach, 1919 fire engine
Justin Miller, 1969 F-100
Randy Bunner, 1965 Ranchero
Rich Heinz, 1957 Ranchero
Maryann and Chuck Buff, 2006 Escape Hybrid
Rick Grenger, 1967 Mercury Cougar
Jean Stuk, 1956 T-Bird
Neil Schrock, 1964 T-Bird convertible
William D. Rawlings, 1965 Mustang
West and Jo Young, 1970 Mustang Mach 1
Paul Osgood, 1988 Mustang
Rick Snider, 2003 Musyang Mach 1
Rick Shopmier, 1966 Mustang
Gary Barral, 1965 Mustang
Dwayne Kanar, 1998 Panoz AIV Roadster
Shelley Berman, 1954 Custom Liner
John Chavez, 1965 Falcon convertible

We awarded 2nd and 3rd places as well.

One of our employees shot a lot of great photos and you can see them on Photobucket by clicking HERE.


We’ll see you again next year!

It’s Wild, Wild West Days sponsored by Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford is sponsoring Wild West Days, Arizona’s largest western venue, November 3-6 in Cave Creek. Wild West Days is filled with activities, events and entertainment to please everyone. The events include musical performances, gunfight competitions, a golf tournament and period costume competitions.

Walk for 100 will also take place during the Wild West Days Parade, where hundreds of police officers, firefighters, and service men and women will walk in silence to pay tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty.

A portion of the proceeds from Wild West Days will benefit the Luv Shack Ranch Horse Rescue, the 100 Club of Arizona, the National Rett Syndrome Foundation, and the Desert Foothills Community Association.

Sanderson Ford is also hosting a Wild West Days sale leading up to the big event. For more information about Wild West Days as well as a schedule of events, directions and registration forms for the competitions visit,

Ford Warriors in Pink

October is breast cancer awareness month, and Ford is fighting for a cure with Warriors in Pink. The Warriors in Pink program runs all year long, sponsoring the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, raising awareness, and selling merchandise with 100% of net proceeds supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

During the month of October, Ford is running special promotions to help raise awareness. The automaker will donate $1 for every person who “Likes” the Ford Warriors in Pink Facebook Page to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Ford is also hosting the Lifetime movie event Five on October 10th, which tells 5 incredible stories of courage, love, and strength through breast cancer battles. In honor of the premiere, Ford is hosting a sweepstakes where they will give away five 2012 Warriors in Pink-inspired Focuses, along with weekly prizes of Warriors in Pink gear. Jennifer Aniston has also designed a Warriors in Pink T-Shirt for the movie event, with 100% of net proceeds benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Along with the special events in October, Ford Warriors in Pink will also be sponsoring Race for the Cure events around the country. For more information about Ford Warriors in Pink, visit

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