Ashley Ford Sales - Community
We Invest In Our Community
Over the past 50 years Ashley Ford has been investing in New Bedford and the surrounding communities. Robert Bancroft, owner and President was born here in New Bedford has strong ties to the community. Ashley Ford's commitment to giving back is evident in the thousands of dollars they donate each year.
Ashley Ford proudly supports local police and fire associations as well as local school sports teams. Over the past several years we have also been a proud sponsor of the New Bedford Youth Baseball League and the New Bedford Youth Soccer Association. In addition to youth sports, we are also heavily involved in the co-op program at New Bedford Vocational Technical High School. In fact, we have been supporting New Bedford Voc. over the past 20 years by working with Co-op students in the automotive program to provide them with experience in their chosen field.
Ashley Ford also works closely the Mayor's office in supporting youth groups within the city. For the past two years Ashley Ford has teamed up with Mayor Lang and his "New Directions" program by providing free t-shirts for the youth group that cleans up the city each weekend over the summer months.
We also support other organizations throughout the city including Better Community Living supporting children and adults with disabilities, the Working Waterfront Festival, celebrating the culture and history of New England's commercial fishing industry and the New Bedford Council on Aging, sponsoring the entertainment for their yearly celebration. In the past we have also been a sponsor of both the Whaling City Festival and the New Bedford Festival Theatre.
Ashley Ford believes strongly in honoring our local veterans. The "Old Glory Tower," the former New Bedford fire tower, is located off Routes 195 and 18 and is the site of the "Lights for Peace" flag which has been honoring veterans since Labor Day 1971, through the efforts of the late Joseph Theodore, a WWII Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient and the late David Bancroft, former owner of the New Bedford Fire Tower. Mr. Theodore and Mr. Bancroft worked together for over 30 years honoring local veterans. In September 2005, Linda Ferreira, Marketing Director from Ashley Ford took over the duties of researching the life and history of each veteran honored and for Paul Neary, GM of Ashley Ford, to raise the flag each month. Story dedications are published each month in the Standard-Times. As of January 2016, 518 flags have been flown at the tower.
Lastly, each year, we organize a Mustang Car Show sponsored in part by the SVT Cobra Club, the Mustang Car Club of New England and the Downshifters Car Club of New England. Each year this event grows bigger and bigger. In fact during this year's car show we had over 350 people in attendance with 100 vehicles registered in the show. We gave out a total of 42 trophies out of 14 classes with the Best in Show attending the Super Wheels Showdown in Boston.