Ford Friendship Express Program
The Ford Friendship Express Program began in 1996, and it's our way of giving something substantial back to the people and organizations in the community we serve.
The program assists charitable and non-profit organizations throughout Western New York. Our dealer association donates vehicles to help these organizations with their day-to-day operations.
For more information on the 2016 Friendship Express Program, please contact:
Ford Friendship Express Program
c/o Eric Mower and Associates
50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 1300
Buffalo, NY 14202
In the past 19 years, we've donated to the organizations listed below:
Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services, Inc.
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter
Amherst Senior Transportation Services
Aspire of WNY
Aurora Adult Day Services
Baker Victory Services
Be-A Friend Program/Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, serving Southtowns Meals on Wheels
Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo
Boys & Girls Club of East Aurora
Boys & Girls Club of Eden
Boys & Girls Club of Geneva
Boys & Girls Club of Holland
Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County
Boys & Girls Club of Orchard Park
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
Boys & Girls Club of Springville
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns
Buffalo City Mission
Buffalo City Mission/Cornerstone Manor
Buffalo Museum of Science
Camp Good Days & Special Times
Canine Helpers for the Handicapped
Cantalician Center for Learning, Inc.
Cattaraugus Community Action
Cattaraugus County Department of Aging
Computers for Children
Cradle Beach Camp
Easter Seals NY
Erie City Mission
Family Help Center
Food Bank of Western New York
Friends of Night People
Goodwill Industries of Western New York, Inc.
Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity/Buffalo
Health Association of Niagara County, Inc.
Healthy Community Alliance
Hickok Center for Brain Injury
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Buffalo
Ismailia Shrine Temple
Jericho Road Ministries
Kids Escaping Drugs
Language Development Program
League for the Handicapped
Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc.
Mercy Flight of Western New York
Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club
Old 1st Ward Community Association
Parents Anonymous of Buffalo and Erie County
Police Athletic League of Buffalo
Rochester Rehabilitation Center's Driver Evaluation and Training Program
Rochester St. Martin's Boxing Club, Inc.
Rural Transit Service, Inc.
Salvation Army - Buffalo Area Services
Salvation Army - Rochester Area Services
Schiller Park Community Services, Inc.
St. Luke's Mission of Mercy
Sub Board I
The Academy for Career Development
The Bristol Home
The Buffalo Zoo
The Franciscan Center
The Ronald McDonald House
The Sight Center of Northwest PA
Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.
Western New York Independent Living Project
Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse Foundation
Wilson Commencement Park
YMCA of Greater Buffalo
YMCA of Greater Rochester
YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County
YWCA of Western New York
Experience Ford at Canalside
Ford Canalside Giveaway
The Ford Dealers of WNY brought you yet another exciting giveaway event -- the Ford Canalside Giveaway at the Canalside Auto & Boat Show. The event took place during the weekend of August 29th and 30th. Participants picked-up their Ford Canalside Giveaway entry forms at the Ford tent and answered all the questions on the entry form to enter. One lucky grand-prize winner was awarded $4,500 toward a new Ford and one second-place winner received a $375 Apple Store gift card.
Thanks to those who stopped by the Ford tent that weekend, and congratulations to the fortunate winners!
Experience Ford at the Fair
The All-New F-150 Experience at the Erie County Fair
The Ford Dealers of WNY were thrilled to bring The All-New F-150 Experience to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, NY. Before the Experience came to the fair, this exciting, futuristic, 3D light show simulation had only ever been shown before at the Buffalo Auto Show and left its viewers in awe.
Ford Fast Pass Giveaway
In addition to the F-150 Experience, the Ford Dealers of WNY also brought fairgoers the Fast Pass Giveaway. Those who entered picked up a Ford Fast Pass at any of the three Ford locations at the Erie County Fair including the F-150 Experience in the Outdoor Showplace Building, the XPogo Stunt Show, just inside Gate 5 and the Ford Experience Tent, just outside the Outdoor Showplace Building. After visiting all three Ford locations and answering the questions on the Ford Fast Pass, the completed Fast Pass was dropped in the ballot box located in the Ford Experience tent, just outside the Outdoor Showplace Building. One grand-prize winner has been awarded $4,500 toward a new Ford and one second-place winner got a $375 Apple Store gift card.
Thank you to all who attended the All-New F-150 Experience at the Erie County Fair and entered in the Ford Fast Pass Giveaway, and congratulations to the lucky winners!
Future Techs Program
Thank you to all who submitted applications for the Ford Future Techs program! The selected schools for the Buffalo and Rochester markets will be announced soon.
Ford EcoBoost Challenge Rolled In and Out of Town!
On June 13, Rochester-area residents had a chance to participate in the Ford EcoBoost Challenge, a 17-city tour that allowed registered drivers the
opportunity to test drive some of Ford's most innovative, environmentally friendly products. Participants were also entered to win an EcoBoost-powered 2015 Ford Edge.
The EcoBoost line-up of vehicles allows buyers to choose a vehicle that doesn't sacrifice space for fuel economy. The EcoBoost engine is smaller, and the
lighter weight helps increase fuel economy without sacrificing performance and power. These engines are available in Ford's most popular models, including
the F-150, Fusion and Focus.
The challenge was held June 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY.
Thanks to all who came out to test drive a vehicle from our new, innovative EcoBoost line-up! In case you missed the event, have a Challenge of your own and
test drive an EcoBoost-powered vehicle at your Neighborhood Ford Store today!
2015 WNY RV Show
Thanks to everyone who visited the WNY RV Show, which took place in January at the Hamburg Fair Events Center. In case you missed it, be sure to visit your local Ford dealer to check out the all-new
F-150. Its high-strength, aluminum-allow body and frame is stronger, yet lighter – making it even more fuel efficient – while still offering best-in-class towing,
2015 NFADA Auto Tech Competition
The WNY Ford Dealers were proud to sponsor the annual NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition. Each year, high school students from around Western New York gather to test their skills and
showcase their abilities in training to be an automobile technician. The WNY Ford dealers are proud to be a part of a great event that brings together students, parents and educators to expand
their knowledge and expertise about the automotive industry.
Congratulations to the following winners!
In the Senior Technology category: Brent Bogardus, Grant Hill (1st Place); Austin Manna and Alex Labreque (2nd Place), and Talha Mojawalla and Kyle Staub (3rd Place).
In the Junior Tire Changing category: Colin Loder and Maxwell Rutter (1st Place); Brandon Burns and Jacob Harms (2nd Place); and Peter Shaffer and Christopher Jablonski (3rd Place).
2015 Erie Auto Show
Thanks to all who visited us at the 2015 Erie Auto Show. The show was a big success. Ford had a great line-up, like the all-new F-150 with its aluminum-alloy body and steel frame making it
more fuel efficient. And the 2015 Mustang – the American car that’s all legend, all power, and impressive fuel economy and the 2015 Fusion – using voice commands to stay connected, get directions,
and making your life easier on the road. Stop by your local Ford dealer today to see why Ford is the best-selling brand for five years straight!
See you at next year’s Show!
2015 Buffalo Auto Show
Thanks to all who came to the 2015 Buffalo Auto Show! In case you missed it, the dynamic and interactive F-150 Experience was a big hit, showcasing the all-new Ford F-150!
Its military grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame produces yet greater strength with less weight, giving you better gas mileage. Stop by your local Ford dealer
today to see the great family of Ford cars – like the Fusion, the Focus, the Fiesta, and the Mustang – offering what customers want most: fuel economy, technology, safety and outstanding
performance. You’ll see why Ford is the best-selling brand for five years straight!
See you at next year’s Show!
2015 Rochester International Auto Show
Thanks for visiting us at this year’s Auto Show! It was a huge success.
Stop by your local Ford dealer today and check out the all new Ford F-150, with its high-strength, military grade, aluminum-alloy body and steel frame for less weight yet greater strength.
The 2015 Ford Escape, with available foot-activated liftgate – perfect for when your hands are full. Don’t miss the stylish Ford Focus – powered by the 1.0L EcoBoost Engine, the first-ever
three cylinder engine from Ford.*
We look forward to seeing you at next year’s show!
*available on the SE model
2014 - 119th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot
2015 Race for the Cure
The WNY Ford Dealers were proud to be the local presenting sponsor at the 15th Annual Western New York Race for the Cure, which took place on Saturday,
June 13th at Delaware Park. A heartfelt thank you is extended to all of the survivors, walkers, runners, volunteers, sponsors and donors for their
participation in this year’s race which featured over 4,000 participants!
Each year, Race for the Cure plays a crucial role in saving lives, with the majority of funds invested in local early detection, treatment and research programs.
Locally, this year’s Race raised over $400,000. Up to 75 percent of the proceeds from the Race will remain in the Western New York community to fund projects
related to breast health education and breast cancer screening. The remaining 25 percent of proceeds will support the Komen National Research Grant Program, which
funds groundbreaking breast cancer research. Nationally, Ford Motor Company has dedicated more than $128 million in donations and in-kind gifts to the Susan G. Komen
Foundation, with support from more than 75,000 Ford employees and thousands of dealers.
We hope you’ll join us next year as we continue to support the fight to eradicate breast cancer.