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It’s hard to believe that the Holiday Season is already here and Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda is committed to bringing joy to the local Chippewa Valley and Eau Claire Community. For 5 years Bill Bertrand, General Manager, at Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda has given away over a dozen cars to individuals and families during the 60 Days Of Giving. The first giveaway for the season took place last week at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) were Bill and his team gave a Mazda3 and a $500 gift card for gas to Alex Mitchell, a student at the university. Family and friends alike showed up in support and several news stations were present to share the amazing story on local channels.
It’s always a good feeling to give back, and last night at the Morrie’s Heritage Car Connection Dojo we did something a little unconventional. Several Morrie’s employees came together to pack 100 backpacks with care for PAB’S PACKS, a local non-profit that has a very unique mission.
Their mission is to deliver backpacks full of comfort items to teens with chronic illnesses that spend a lot of time in the hospital. “PAB” is for Pia and Abbie, the founders and Chief Inspiration Officers of PAB’S PACKS. PAB’S was created after both Pia and Abbie (long time friends) spent time in the hospital dealing with their own battles with chronic illnesses. During their time in the hospital they both felt the need to help other teens in some way after their long stays and frequent visits to the hospital.
Each pack is filled with a items that are meant to give the teens some comfort and to let them know someone is thinking about them. A comfortable blanket, stress ball in the shape of a heart, Pabby the Penguin (their stuffed mascot), chap stick, a notebook, a pre-stamped postcard, and our favorite – a personalized note to the teen. Each personalized card is signed with “We got your back” to let teens know they are not alone in their circumstances.
Morrie’s and PAB’S PACKS will be hand delivering the backpacks tomorrow at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. Morrie’s is excited to be partnering with PAB’S PACKS and we look forward to helping pack and distribute more backpacks in the future!
Visit pabspacks.org to learn more.
Hockey is an integral part of living in Minnesota. We all love watching the Minnesota Wild and cheering them on during the hockey season. The reality is all of our favorite hockey players had to start somewhere but the odds are stacked against many of our Twin City’s youth from ever getting that chance. With the decline of hockey programs in Minneapolis and the overall cost to participate, many kids will never get the chance at playing the game of hockey.
That’s where the Herb Brooks Foundation has been making a difference since 2003 with the Rink Rats program. The legendary player and coach Herb Brooks had a vision to keep hockey sticks in kid’s hands and give them the chance to experience the game of hockey. Rink Rats is the embodiment of his vision and it has continued to bring the love of hockey to kids all over the Minneapolis and St. Paul Metro. Rink Rats is an after school program available for several Twin City schools and is continuing to expand across the metro. It’s not uncommon to see onlookers and parents alike at the local ice cheering on these youngsters as they skirmish, practice stick handling, and learn the rules of hockey.
Morrie’s contributes two 16 Passenger Ford Transits to transport kids from their school to the local ice. I personally have been participating in driving the kids for several schools now for three years. It’s unbelievable how much the game of hockey can bring a group of kids together.
Watching some of these kids over the past few years develop skating and stick handling skills is an amazing experience. Many of them are equipped to join school or local teams after their time in the program. The Herb Brooks Foundation no only provides professional coaches/players to mentor and instruct the kids but the skates, helmets, and sticks they need to have a good experience on the ice.
This opportunity is one of a kind and I have found my time investment transporting the kids to be really rewarding. It’s great to see a program so dedicated to investing in the local youth and we are happy to continue our contribution to Rink Rats and the Herb Brooks Foundation. To learn more about Rink Rats and the Herb Brooks Foundation visit: http://www.herbbrooksfoundation.com
Ford’s new aluminum bodied Ford F-150 takes another award on the podium as Kelly Blue Book gave it the 2015 Best Buy Award. I’ve had the pleasure of driving the new F-150 on and off the track at several for Ride and Drive Events and I have to say that it is truly an icon of innovation, technology, safety, handling, utility, and just all-around fun. In summary if you haven’t driven a 2015 F-150 you are missing out. And apparently Kelly Blue Book agrees.
KBB’s full article can be found on their website but to summarize their brilliant article and award, they simply stated the F-150 is “Innovation with Real-World Benefits” and they couldn’t be more right. Everything about this truck down to the gauge cluster menus is ingenious and user-friendly. And the best part? The F-150 is the most customizable truck on the market. From 5 trim levels, three Cab styles, Bed-Liners, interior options, Tonneau Covers, running boards, and the whole gamut of options offered, there is a truck for everyone and a tool for every job.
The interior is by far where the F-150 wins over the driver if the exterior styling didn’t already. Inside the F-150 everything just works. Pure and simple. From the climate controls to the steering wheel’s hands-free bluetooth controls, the truck is more ergonomic than most recent sedan models. Roomy, comfortable, and open are the three things that enter my mind when describing it. The gauge cluster even looks cool.
My favorite part about the F-150 is just driving it. The ride and drive of this truck feels more like a well grounded SUV than a Pickup. Most of that is in part to the 700 pound-weight savings that Ford intuitively took straight off the top of the truck. Aluminum has never felt so good behind the wheel and the new light weight body is more resilient than regular steel meaning more rigidity and better handling.
That lift gate in the picture above? It’s powered. With the click of the key FOB you can literally drop the tailgate. It’s small things like this that make the new F-150 so usable. Clunky NAV systems, Infotainment Centers, and cheap interior materials litter so many competitor’s trucks and yet Ford has pulled out all the stops when it comes to making your life easier when your in utility-mode with the F-150. There’s even a camera view to help you align your trailer hitch and trailer connector. I’m not kidding. You can literally back up your hitch with pin point accuracy by yourself now.
To wrap it up, the new 2015 Ford F-150 is continuing to grow into itself and show the world what it’s capable of. If you are in the market for a new truck there’s no better option according to… well, just about everyone. Even if you weren’t planning on a new truck for a while, maybe it’s time for an upgrade! Don’t just take my word for it. Take the most reputable and trusted vehicle resource in America at its word.
We had a great day at MNC&C at the AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen! Check out some of the Cadillac’s that were on display at Saturday’s event. Make sure to make it out to the next MNC&C on September 6th to see a bunch of amazing cars and get some delicious Dogwood Coffee. Here is the photo gallery from the event on Saturday:
We had a blast at MNC&C today! We saw the best turn out so far this year and with that came plenty of great cars to look at. We put together a photo gallery from today’s event: