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  • This Year, Santa’s Sleigh is a Transit (Again!)

    11/7/2016 12:43:59 PM - by JP Miller

    The holidays bring many ways to give back. It’s a great time of year to reflect on our blessings and spread joy to others in our community. That’s why Paul Miller Ford is once again partnering with the Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters for their annual toy drive.

    We’re supporting this fantastic program in two ways. First, we once again donated the official toy transport vehicle—a 2016 Transit 250, custom-wrapped by the team at Zipie to look like the festive sleigh it is. With nearly 250 cubic feet of cargo space, it’s got plenty of room for toys as the firefighters go around town collecting donations. It’s my sincere hope that our great town will fill the van—over and over and over again—to bring joy to kids all across Central Kentucky this holiday season.

    Of course, we’re going to do our part to help with that effort, too. Starting in early November, we’ll have toy collection boxes located in all three of our dealerships: Paul Miller Ford, Paul Miller Mazda, and Paul Miller Auto Outlet. We’ll be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys throughout the holiday season—like the van, I’m hoping these boxes will be filled many times over!

    This program is special to all of us here at Paul Miller because it benefits families in need right here in Fayette County. The holidays really are about the kids, and anything we can do to help make their holiday season magical is something we all need to do. The Firefighters Toy Drive is a tradition here in Lexington, and it’s heartwarming to see our whole community come together for such a great cause.

    The Fraternal Order of Firefighters has organized a toy drive for the children of Fayette County for the past 85 years. We’ve been partnering with the Firefighters Toy Drive for three years, and it’s been incredible to see the Toy Drive grow by leaps and bounds in that time. Last year, the program was able to give toys to over a thousand children for the holidays. That’s huge!

    To any families interested in signing up to benefit from the program, you can do so beginning Monday, November 7, at 442 Southland Drive here in Lexington. The hours for signups are 11 – 4, Mondays through Wednesdays, and 11 – 7 on Thursdays. Parents will need to bring a current and valid Kentucky State I.D. or driver’s license, proof of Fayette Co. residence that matches the address on the I.D. (i.e., a utility bill or lease agreement), proof of guardianship, and each child’s birth certificate. The last day to sign up will be November 23.

    I urge all our customers to give back this season, if they’re able. These toys will mean the world to local children and their families come Christmas morning. So if you find yourself in a toy store this holiday season, grab something extra off the shelf and drop it off in one of our boxes. And if you see the Toy Drive Transit 250 on the road, give them a smile and a wave—after all, they’re our own personal Santas this holiday season!

  • Paul Miller Gives Back This October

    10/20/2016 9:17:43 AM - by JP Miller

    This October, you’ll see a lot of pink around Paul Miller Ford. We’re joining businesses all across the country to raise awareness and support for fighting cancer—but for us, it’s not just breast cancer. We’re supporting the fight against cancer of all types through our support of Ford’s Warriors in Pink and the Lexington Cancer Foundation.

    We’re of course supporting Ford’s Warriors in Pink breast cancer initiative (if you haven’t seen their latest commercial yet, check it out)—in fact, we wrapped a Ford Fusion with the Warriors in Pink design and sent it over to the folks at Susan G. Komen Lexington to act as their Race for the Cure pace car a few weeks ago. We’ve also been bringing the Warriors in Pink Fusion to our activations at UK football games. If you haven’t been out to see us yet, we’d love to see you there and talk to you about how Warriors in Pink is fighting cancer. 

    Proudly serving as the pace car to kick off the Susan G. Komen Lexington Race For The Cure

    Supporting the fight against cancer 'til the battle is won.

    Paul Miller Ford is proud to support Warriors in Pink and many other cancer-fighting causes.

    Another cause we’re proud to support is the Lexington Cancer Foundation. While Warriors in Pink fights breast cancer all over the country, the Lexington Cancer Foundation brings that fight close to home. All the money raised by the Lexington Cancer Foundation stays in Kentucky, and those funds directly support organizations that help with patient care. They distribute their proceeds to companies and organizations that support the fight against cancers of all types—organizations like the UK Children’s Hospital, the Lexington American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Central Baptist Hospital, UK’s Markey Cancer Center, and many, many others. Since its inception, the LCF has awarded and pledged over 7 million dollars to cancer organizations in our state.

    That kind of local focus is why Paul Miller Ford supports the Lexington Cancer Foundation. But this year, our donation won’t just have the Paul Miller name on it. We wouldn’t be able to support organizations like the LCF without the support of our customers—so we’re adding their names to our donation. 

    Some of the Lexington Cancer Foundation signage you'll see around our dealership this month.

    Come in and see us anytime this month to add your name or the name of a loved one who fought or is fighting cancer to our walls. You don’t need to make a donation—we’ve taken care of that already. We just want to honor the people who make it possible. Central Kentucky has been supporting us for over sixty years, and our support of the Lexington Cancer Foundation is just one of the ways we try to give back. 

  • Family Safety Day and the Ford Escape

    10/14/2016 4:22:10 PM - by JP Miller

    Here at Paul Miller Ford, we’re all about supporting our community. We’ve done it for the past three generations, and we’re dedicated to continuing that legacy for future generations as well. That’s why we just celebrated our second Family Safety Day on October 1st.

    Last year’s inaugural Family Safety Day was a great success, and we were thrilled to have the support of our city. This year’s event was bigger and better, and I was so pleased to see the great number of vendors and local causes who came together to serve Lexington’s families.

    We cleared out our showroom and parking lot to make way for this year’s activities, and we had so many! Inside the showroom, everyone got a goodie bag at registration. Families learned about crime prevention and building positive relationships between police officers and the community at the Police Activities League booth. They could get biometric fingerprint and palm scans at Next Generation Child Safety; learn about preventing distracted driving with the LifeSaver App; explore home safety with Bates Security; experience drunk driving googles with the Kentucky State Police; and meet the author of the Safety Safari children’s book. Our showroom could barely fit everyone, but it was great to see such an incredible turnout. We welcomed over 250 attendees of all ages to our campus over the course of the afternoon—that’s a pretty big Saturday, even for us! 

    Outside the showroom, kids could explore a fire truck and a police car while meeting some of the first responders keeping our community safe. The Lexington Fire Department also brought their kid-friendly fire safety trailer, which simulated a house fire (complete with smoke!) so families could learn how to safely leave a burning building. Safe Kids Fayette County gave away 50 booster seats for free and taught children and parents about vehicle safety as a whole. And, of course, we had the Kentucky Strong BBQ truck providing free lunches to all attendees.

    We also had a Ford Escape set up for booster seat demonstrations. We needed a vehicle for the demos and the Escape was a natural choice. The 2017 Escape earned the highest five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in front and crash side tests and four stars in the rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Escape its highest rating for side impacts, rear crash protection, and roof strength. 

    The Escape also comes with a variety of standard safety features, including antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control (perfect for driving in unpredictable Kentucky weather), front-seat side airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera, blind spot mirrors, and Ford’s MyKey, which enables owners to set electronic parameters for younger drivers, also come standard. On top of all that, the Escape is built in Kentucky, making it a great vehicle for our Family Safety Day demonstration and a great choice for any Kentucky family.

    I’m so proud that our dealership came together to make another successful Family Safety Day happen. When Mayor Jim Gray declared Saturday the second annual Paul Miller Ford Family Safety Day here in Lexington, it reminded me why we give back to our community—because protecting the next generation is the most important thing we can do. 

  • Coaches, Commercials, and Community

    8/31/2016 2:26:41 PM - by JP Miller

    Summer is always an exciting time for us. People are buying new cars, the lots are busy and beautiful, and we’re sponsoring all sorts of events around Central Kentucky. On top of that, summer is also when we shoot our annual commercials with the UK coaches. Why summer? Because it’s the only time they’re not busy coaching our teams to do great things! So for a day or two every July or August, we become a full-blown commercial studio. 

    Coach Cal giving our team a pep talk. Customer service first, always!

    Last year, we shot our commercials at the beautiful and historic Dixiana Farm. Driving fantastic Ford vehicles around some jaw-dropping scenery in the heart of horse country was a great time for the coaches and everyone else at the shoot, and the commercials we created were unforgettable. This year, we’re bringing it back to the dealership, focusing on what the coaches mean to Kentucky and to Paul Miller in a new campaign called Your True Blue Dealer.

    Coach Cal knows who Kentucky's True Blue dealer is--and he's happy about it.

    What does it mean to be Central Kentucky’s True Blue Dealer? It comes down to the values we all carry: family, community, loyalty, and tradition. It’s been our honor to serve our community, both in and outside the dealership, for three generations. We always keep our reputation as Kentucky’s trusted Ford dealer in mind, building it up in everything we do. We try to always do things the right way: treating customers the way we’d treat our own families, selling only the highest quality vehicles, and always giving back to the community that’s supported us for the past 60+ years. 

    Coach Mitchell wants to know what this red car is doing in his True Blue dealership!

    Ready--set--get the door!

    That’s why we sponsor UK Athletics. Being a UK Athletics Benchmark Sponsor is one of the many ways we give back to our community. UK sports are important to everyone in Kentucky (including us!), and we’re proud to support them and to have the coaches represent our brand. UK’s incredible athletics program is a legacy of building up young people into incredible leaders and athletes—the future of our community. It’s been a natural partnership for us for many years now, and I look forward to continuing it in the future.

    Who's on Santa and Coach Cal's naughty list?

    Those Christmas sweaters look great on Coach Mitchell and Coach Stoops, don't you think?

    We’re finishing up our commercial shoots this week, and you should be seeing the first Your True Blue Dealer spots on television, radio, and social media very soon. This is one of my favorite times of year, and I’m so excited for all of you to see the product of our hard work. Until then, and always, we remain committed to being Your True Blue Dealer, serving the people of Kentucky with quality vehicles and incredible service—just as we have for three generations.

    Coach Stoops relaxing between takes. Commercial shoots are hard work, but they're still fun!

  • Summertime Means Sponsorships

    7/25/2016 10:02:22 AM - by JP Miller

    It’s summer in the Bluegrass, which means every weekend is filled with fun events throughout the community. Live music, sports tournaments, movie nights—there’s no shortage of things going on, and everyone’s out and about enjoying the beautiful Kentucky weather. I’m proud that the Paul Miller Autogroup is involved in all of it though sponsorships of all types.

    We serve all of Central Kentucky, so we try to reach the people in our community through activities that appeal to many different groups. For example, we’re a sponsor of Fountain Films on Friday, which occur Friday evenings at Triangle Park in the heart of downtown Lexington. Paul Miller Ford is sponsoring showings of The Bad News Bears on August 5 and Rocky on August 26. Paul Miller Mazda is sponsoring showings of Top Gun on July 29 and The Addams Family on August 19. The movie nights are great outings for the whole family, and the gorgeous downtown location is a throwback to our original location on Main Street. We’ll be at all four of our sponsored nights, handing out bug spray and raffling off gear signed by UK Athletics Coaches.

    Triangle Park gets packed for Fountain Films on Friday—come early and bring a blanket!

    We’re also a sponsor of the premier season of Lakeside Live, a live music event happening every Friday and Saturday evening at Lexington Green through mid-October. We’re providing complimentary valet parking, so come on by, drop off your car, and enjoy a great evening of food, drinks, and live music from local, regional, and national acts. The Fortune Collision Centre crew and the team from Zipie will also be there on their featured nights handing out goodies and raffling off great prizes! Lakeside Live is a great way for Lexington to kick off the weekend, and we’re thrilled to see so many people there every week.

    A great view and a great crowd at Lakeside Live.

     Summer also means golf. I’m a big golfer, so I’m always happy for the opportunity to get involved in golf tournaments for good causes. A couple coming up on our radar: the Alltech Employee Golf Scramble, which is taking place on July 29; Golf Fore The Hungry, presented by Paul Miller Ford, on August 21 – 22; and the Young Leaders Society Golf Scramble, on August 29. 

    Golf Fore The Hungry, which started in 2004, connects Central Kentucky golfers with God’s Pantry Food Bank to reduce hunger in our community and region. In the past 12 years, the tournament has raised nearly $500,000! We’re proud to sponsor the tournament—be on the lookout for our teams at a couple holes along the course, and join us for a dinner and silent auction the night before. You can read all about the event here.

    As you can tell, our summer is packed with events beyond the borders of our 27-acre campus. Our continuing commitment to sponsoring activities that benefit our community is part of our heritage, and it’s just one way we’ve served Central Kentucky for three generations. I hope to see you and your families out there—just look for the Paul Miller logo!