Support NH Food Bank and Ford Focus on Child Hunger

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Bow, N.H. – The Ford Motor Company Fund and Grappone Ford, together with the New Hampshire Food Bank and Boys and Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire, kicked off its first Ford “Focus on Child Hunger” New Hampshire Peanut Butter Drive today during a special launch event at Grappone Ford in Bow. Over the next four weeks, the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, is encouraging the public and businesses to fill a Ford F-150 pickup truck with peanut butter at Grappone Ford in Bow, or to donate online at

“This is an exciting and timely opportunity for the New Hampshire Food Bank, as summer can be a difficult time of year for many of the children and families we serve through our network of more than 425 partner agencies,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Many children and families rely on free-and-reduced school meals during the school year, and without that option in the summer, it can be challenging to ensure children get the nutrition they need. Peanut butter is a terrific source of protein that children enjoy. We are tremendously grateful to the Ford Motor Company Fund for bringing this effort to New Hampshire.”

“When kids struggle with hunger, they struggle to learn,” said Marc Rogowski, Ford Motor Company’s New England Regional Manager. “The Ford Fund’s global mission of strengthening communities and improving lives extends to New Hampshire during the Ford Peanut Butter Drive as we continue to invest more than $12 million in New England for hunger relief, education, and veteran’s initiatives.”

The Ford Motor Company Fund has been fighting hunger with its national peanut butter drive, generating more than 180,000 pounds of peanut butter, which equates to more than 2.5 million high-protein, kid-friendly sandwiches. In 2015, the Fund committed $2 million over five years to address hunger insecurity, working with Feeding America food banks in New England. The Fund is also a proud partner of the Red Sox Foundation, helping to fund college scholarships to New England and New Hampshire students who demonstrate leadership through participating in community service programs, such as the Peanut Butter Drive.

The New Hampshire Peanut Butter Drive stands to make a major impact in the Granite State, where more than one in nine residents are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from.

The 2018 national Ford Peanut Butter Drive launched last month and will continue throughout New England this summer.

Support from the Peanut Butter Drive is essential as the need continues to grow in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Food Bank, which receives no state or federal funding for food distribution, delivers nutritious food to more than 425 partner agencies statewide, including food pantries, soup kitchens, afterschool programs, senior centers and other nonprofit feeding programs. During 2017, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributed 13.7 million pounds of food to its partners. This year, due to the growing demand, the New Hampshire Food Bank expects to distribute more than 14 million pounds of food

About Ford Motor Company Fund
Ford Motor Company Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. Established in 1949, Ford Fund invests in transformational programs that advance innovation, empower people, promote social mobility and improve community prosperity. Ford Fund works with local and global partners to create opportunities in education, encourage safe driving, enlist employee volunteers and enrich community life. Ford Fund’s signature programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Driving Skills for Life, Ford Next Generation Learning and the Ford Volunteer Corps. For more information, visit, or join us on Facebook @FordFund and Twitter @FordFund

About the New Hampshire Food Bank
The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984.  The New Hampshire Food Bank receives no federal or state funding for food distribution.  In 2017, as the state’s only Food Bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procured and distributed 13.7 million pounds of food to people in need through more than 425 non-profit registered agencies. Agencies include food pantries, neighborhood centers, low-income housing sites, senior nutrition centers, family crisis centers, hospices, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after school programs, and day care centers. For more information about the New Hampshire Food Bank, please visit Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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5 Ways Grappone Will Save You Time This Memorial Day

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1. View all our new and pre-owned inventory online

Compare all models, trim levels, and availability from your smart device. Have questions? No problem! Our concierge team is here to help you through every step of the online process. Now, you can spend time on the things you’d rather be doing…like going out for ice cream with the family in your new Grappone vehicle. 

2. Get low, upfront pricing instantly

With so much to do over the holiday weekend, we want to help by saving you time. Here at Grappone, our dedicated pricing team does all the research for you to ensure our pricing is competitive. Now, you have the extra time for the things you want to do…like getting that landscaping done…finally.

3. Evaluate your trade using your smart device

We have innovative software that gives you a firm offer on your trade using photos captured on your smart device. What’s more, you can factor your trade value into the purchase form and see exactly how it will affect payments on your new vehicle. This simple process saves you a boat load of time. So go ahead, take a nice cruise on the lake.

4. Review ways to protect your investment

We understand that your vehicle is more than just four wheels that get you from point A to point B. The Grappone Express Way is a huge time saver because the service informs you on the protection plans that are available. Like pre-paid maintenance for instance, which will really save you time down the road. There’s no need to leave the family BBQ for a trip to the dealership to go over your options anymore.

5. Secure financing

The Grappone Express Way allows for you to secure financing simply and easily from the comfort of your home, office, or local beach, without ever having to visit the dealership. Here’s how it works: We’ll bring the vehicle to you, then you take it out for a test drive, and once you’ve fallen in love with the exact vehicle that meets your needs, we’ll have the paperwork ready to sign! It really is that easy and allows you to take a trip to the beach, worry free.

6 Inexpensive Gifts for Mom

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1. Vacuum Mom’s car while she gets to sleep in.

Vacuum Mom’s car while she gets a little extra sleep this Mother’s Day. Simple ways to ‘Wow!’ Mom with an interior cleaning can be washing her windows, cleaning the dashboard, and vacuuming the inside. Don’t forget to shake out the floor mats too! If you’re crunched for time, give our service department a call to schedule a reconditioning appointment at 800-528-8993 or visit


2. Wash the exterior, tires and wheels.

For all the baths Mom gave you…she is sure to appreciate you taking the time to wash her car. Make sure to clean her tires and wheels, since they are the part of the vehicle that touches the road most- hence dirt, brake dust, and grime from grease. Make Mom smile this Mother’s Day with a shiny, clean vehicle.

3. Replace windshield wipers.

Keep Mom safe with this simple and inexpensive gesture. Did you know that wiper blades should be replaced every six months to a year? When the rubber on the blades wears down it can reduce visibility for the driver. Grappone Ford currently has a Buy One Get One Half Off wiper specials going on now.

4. Go on an adventure.

If your mom loves hiking, take advantage of the spring time weather to hike some of New Hampshire’s best peaks. Load up the car with Mom’s favorite snacks and head to her favorite spot. Visit for destination spots! What Grappone vehicle will you take to the trail head?

5. Trunk Trays are a flower’s best friend.


Bring Mom to a local nursery and help her favorite flowers get home to the garden. Trunk trays are perfect for transporting flowers…without the mess. Plus, it’s a gift she will enjoy for many Mother’s Days to come!


6. Schedule an oil change.


Help Mom with her busy schedule by making her next oil change appointment at Grappone. The importance of an oil change is to keep the engine clean and we all know Mom likes to keep things clean. Overtime, oil breaks down into sludge, which can cause damage. Clean engines equal a longer life for the vehicle. We have some great service specials going on now at Grappone Mazda, check out


Team Grappone Fights Youth Homelessness

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The Child and Family Services (CFS) SleepOut is an annual event to raise local consciousness and funds to help youth homelessness in New Hampshire. The community truly came together to make SleepOut 2018 a major success. A total of $301,463 was raised to support youth homelessness; that’s 121% of their $250,000 goal!

Youth homelessness is not as obvious as one may believe. Kids with backpacks or walking down the street— homelessness could look differently for any child. Some go to school, some have jobs and some are escaping abusive or neglectful homes. Others struggle with trauma, mental illness, or addiction. Some are hungry, cold, and scared; taking desperate measures to survive. Most are flying under the radar of their own communities.

Child and Family Services has an array of services for young people experiencing homelessness. The CFS Street Outreach Team offers the basics to survive and resources to succeed. Runaway & Homeless Youth Program is another service, which provides crisis intervention, along with a Youth Resource Center where young people can access basic needs such as food, clothes, showers, laundry. What’s more, is they provide mental health counseling, substance misuse treatment, educational advocacy, and job skills training, which are life changing services. Their Transitional Living Program provides housing and support services as they advance toward independence and success.

Team Grappone played an active role in SleepOut 2018. Participants include Amanda Osmer, 4th Generation Steward, Scott Martin, Toyota Service Support Team Leader, and James Cortez, Toyota Parts Counter Representative. The Team slept out during the event in downtown Manchester on Friday, March 23rd from 9 pm to 5 am, in an effort to raise money and awareness. There were 125 community members on Friday night sleeping in the cold on tarps under a tent. Special guest Sleepers included Governor Sununu and Mayor Joyce Craig. The Grappone Team raised $2,530! Scott and James presented Child and Family Services with a total of $500 dollars donated through the Grappone in the Community program, on their behalf. Thanks for making a difference in your community Team Grappone!

Team Snowspeeder Completes the 2018 Junior Iditarod

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Team Snowspeeder is the Lakes Region Sled Dog team from New Hampshire, which is lead by Lara Renner who is 15 years old. Lara followed her dreams for competing in the Junior Iditarod in Alaska this past weekend, February 24-25, 2018.

Lara and Team Snowspeeder have been rigorously training for this competition for years. Lara’s hard work, dedication, and lifelong passion for Siberian Huskies have led her to this monumental race. She started mushing when she was 10 years old and says “My passion for mushing only grew when I learned more about the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest and the bond between mushers and their dogs that only comes through training and racing a dog team.” You can read her full biography on the Junior Iditarod website at Lara is coached by her father, Steve Renner, who shares Lara’s interest for mushing and provides his unconditional dedication and support.

Cost estimates from Alaska Airlines to fly their gear and dogs from Boston were $16,000, which did not include Lara and her father Steve’s travel expenses. Therefore, it was apparent that the Team would need to drive from Alton, NH to Wasilla, AK in order to participate in the 2018 Junior Iditarod. Team Snowspeeder purchased a 2017 Ford F-250 from Ruth Stephenson this Fall. Grappone Automotive Group was happy to provide a sponsorship discount to assist with getting the Team, dogs, and gear to Alaska safely.

Larry Haynes, President and CEO of Grappone Automotive Group, shared his wishes for Team Snowspeeder before the race, “Please know how impressed I am with you and what you are trying to accomplish. Stay safe, good luck and please give each of your teammates a hug from Team Grappone.” Many team members followed Lara’s progress using the GPS tracker on the Junior Iditarod website, in addition to frequent updates through internal emails and Facebook.

Team Snowspeeder finished the race strong in 8th place. The Team averaged a speed of 9.5+ mph and held a steady pace throughout the competition. We are very proud of Lara and Team Snowspeeder. We look forward to watching her career grow in the years to come.


Grappone in the Community- Salvation Army

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Thirty-seven team members from Grappone Automotive Group volunteered at the Salvation Army in Concord, NH, during the Christmas season. Team members sorted, packed and delivered toys and clothing for children in need. At the end of two weeks of volunteering, Joe Dubois, Grappone Senior Team Leader, presented the Salvation Army with a $500 donation from Grappone in the Community, on behalf of all Grappone volunteers.

The Salvation Army’s mission each year is to distribute toys and clothing as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. They served over 800 children in the local community this holiday season. The goal is to spread hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens. Their primary objective is to unite all members of the local communities in a common cause each year and to contribute to better communities in the future. The Salvation Army mission is very similar to our mission statement here at Grappone Automotive Group. “We are dedicated to building lifelong relationships with our team members, guests and community by serving with integrity, kindness and respect.”That being said, what a perfect opportunity this was for our team members to serve their community here in Concord, NH, and spread kindness during the holiday season.

Grappone in the Community- Child and Family Services of NH

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Marc Catino, Grappone Guest Experience Coordinator, volunteered for Child and Family Services of NH on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Child and Family Services is a non-profit that works to advance the well-being of children and families through many social services.

Grappone in the Community is an employee volunteer program that allows team members to spend a day volunteering at a not-for-profit organization of their choosing. It is our hope that by engaging our staff in volunteerism that they will have a chance to share their skills and talents with our community while experiencing the true joy of charitable giving.

Marc was excited to share his time and talent with Child and Family Services. This is what he had to say about his experience volunteering; “Thank you for helping me volunteer at the Child and Family Services’ Christmas Is for Kids Telethon. I had decided that I was going to volunteer my time to Child and Family Services because of the work they did in helping my son find my wife and I, his forever family, after spending more than three years in a dozen different foster homes. At the telethon, I fielded more than thirty calls from people who were willing to open their hearts (and wallets) to help Child and Family Services provide underprivileged families with the means to have a great Christmas.”

At the end of his day of volunteering, Marc presented his chosen non-profit with a $250 donation, made on his behalf, through Grappone in the Community program. Thanks for volunteering Marc!

Parenting New Hampshire 2017 Family Favorite

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Grappone Automotive Group is proud to announce that we have been selected by the reader’s poll of Parenting New Hampshire magazine as the 2017 Family Favorites winner for Favorite Place to Buy a Family Car. This is very exciting news for a fourth generation, family owned and operated business.

Family Favorites, now in its seventh year, is an award program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services and places from across the Granite State in more than 50 categories – as chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire. Categories included local children’s book store, bike shop, dentist, pediatrician, family restaurant, ice cream place, martial arts studio and more.

“The Family Favorites’ award program recognizes those places, people and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family,” said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting New Hampshire. “Whether it is at child care center, the library or the playground, parents give each other advice on what and who is the best. The Family Favorites contest gives them the opportunity to share that information with all of our readers.”

Grappone Automotive Group has been established since 1924. Being named a New Hampshire Family Favorite aligns with the mission of Grappone Automotive Group for dedication to building lifelong relationships with team members, guests, and community by serving with integrity, kindness, and respect. We are a family-friendly and also pet-friendly dealership. We have many team members that have been with the company for decades and have grown to become family.

The Family Favorite Awards voting took place online from July 1 through Aug. 15, 2017. The magazine received nearly 1,000 votes over the time period. The results of the reader’s poll will appear in the November 2017 issue of Parenting New Hampshire. A complete list of winners is posted at

Parenting New Hampshire is the state’s premier parenting magazine and a resource for families who live in or visit New Hampshire throughout the year.

Parenting New Hampshire ( is a publication of McLean Communications of Manchester, which also publishes New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Magazine, and New Hampshire Home. McLean Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yankee Publishing, Inc.


2017 Manchester Educator Leadership Summit

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September 19th was not a typical day at Manchester Community College, located in the Queen City of our Granite State. Over 300 middle school faculty members gathered together for the 2017 Educator Leadership Summit, organized by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC). The leadership summit provides valuable insights for educators in the Manchester School District. A primary focus is the importance of developing soft skills early-on, to provide students with a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by the New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner, Frank Edelblut and Manchester Superintendent, Dr. Bolgen Vargas. Next, business professionals were welcomed to the stage for the “Skills Needed for Success” panel discussion- moderated by Mike Skelton, President and CEO of GMCC. Panelists included Sarah Currier, Director of Workforce Development at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Amanda Osmer, 4th Generation Steward of Grappone Automotive Group, and Brian Giguere, Vice President at BAO. A common theme was expressed for skill sets across the panel; attention to detail, organization, solid communication skills (both written and verbal), problem-solving, critical thinking, and prioritizing the way authority, process, and policy are perceived. “It’s becoming increasingly uncommon to see applicants who meet each of these skill sets. We set our hiring standards at a high level to ensure we’re able to carry out our mission of building lifelong relationships” states Osmer. 

Mr. Rich, National Touring Rock Drummer, Founder and Director of Youth Beatz cranked-up the volume during his keynote presentation. “Let’s have fun and be kids again!” he commented while engaging the entire audience in a team building exercise. The sound of hundreds of people drumming on Home Depot buckets with duck-taped wooden dowels resonated throughout the lobby. Mr. Rich delivered an energetic and heartfelt speech, to say the least. He describes his journey from being labeled “hyper” and “disruptive” during adolescence to becoming the leader in sustainable enrichment for the past 12 years. Youth Beatz provides a myriad of enrichment programs through positive mentoring. To learn more about Youth Beatz or to schedule a program, check out

The summit continued with highlighting, “The Coolest Businesses in Manchester” ranging from hospitality to healthcare, and represented by top executives. Mike Decelle, Dean of UNH Manchester delivered his closing remarks before the faculty members transitioned to touring local businesses.




Car Show Nights- Grappone Ford

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This September, we decided to switch things up at our Grappone dealerships by hosting our very first, “Car Show Nights”. The idea originated from our Marketing department, which organized invitations, promotion, and event logistics; yet the event grew into an “all hands on deck” operation due to the amount of interest we received. Our inventory team, fixed operations, human resources, corporate and service team members formed a collaborative team that helped make our first car show, which took place on September 13th, a huge success.

“The cars kept rolling in, one after another, after another,” stated Dave Hammond our Director of Fixed Operations, “what an incredible turnout!” he concluded. Our first show took place at our Grappone Ford dealership and we had approximately 80 vehicles participate. All makes and models were welcomed, which generated an awesome mix of domestic and imported vehicles. In fact, we also had the New Hampshire Mustang club join us.

Prizes were awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place vehicle, which were determined by voter’s choice.  Additionally, the event served as a fundraiser cookout with proceeds to benefit the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire for Walk a Mile in her Shoes 2017.

Our next Car Show Night will be held at Grappone Toyota on Wednesday, September 27th, from 5:00pm-7:00pm with a drive-in style movie beginning at sunset. Be sure to checkout the event on our Grappone Toyota Facebook page.