Packed, Packed, Packed!!!


IMG_4777Annual Ride for Autism & Community Fun Fair

Highland Ford united with the Sault Ste. Marie community, together with the Algoma Autism Foundation, for the 2nd annual Ride for Autism on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The day saw several family friendly activities, including a bike race, off roading with Ford F-150s, live music, raffles, children’s activities and Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd.’s innovative Drive 4 UR Community program, with all proceeds going to the Algoma Autism Foundation.

“Autism is near and dear to the hearts of all of us here at Highland Ford,” said Darren Smyl, dealer principal, Highland Ford. “We have employees who demonstrate absolute strength on a daily basis as they care for family members with autism.”


The motorcycle ride started at Highland Ford and ended at Runway Park where the activities and fun took place. After the ride, community members participated in the Drive 4 UR Community event where, for every person who test drove a Ford vehicle, Ford Motor Company of Canada donated $20. There was also a BBQ, bouncy castles and other children’s activities, great prizes to be won and live performances by Late Shift Redundant and Tym Morrison. Last year’s event raised over $10,000 and this year’s goal is to surpass that.

“It was a fun-filled day for the whole family and all for a great cause,” said Smyl. “Ride for Autism day is an opportunity for Highland Ford to give back to the community we love and provide exciting experiences like taking an F-150 off-roading or sitting back to enjoy great entertainment.”

Since the start of Ford’s Drive 4 UR School and Community programs in 2010, the programs have generated more than $3 million in donations for schools and charities in Canada.
To say it was packed would be an understatement.



    • I have to say as a parent of a child with Autism this “war” between Algoma Autism Foundation and Autism Ontario-SSM Chapter has to stop.

      I don’t know why or where the animosity between these two groups started but I want both of them to know:

      You both do amazing things for individuals living with ASD in the community, however I feel like each time I am forced to choose.

      Parents of ASD children have enough difficult decisions to make, they should not be forced whic organization to support.

      I have been to amazing events held by both organizations. Can we just stop and think of the individuals who benefit?

      Without the opportunities afforded by each organization my family would not be able to provide our amazing son with the incredible experiences he has had.

      So I ask you please, put down the pitch forks and the “I’m better than you” mantra and just enjoy the good times these amazing individuals get to experience because of the hard work of so many local residents.

      Please stop making us feel like we have to choose. We’re just trying to get out and enjoy local company!

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