WPS has been part of TWCC since it's inception in 2001, and has helped raise and donate over $100,000 to local non-profit organizations in Montgomery County. Thank you to all of our customers and enthusiasts who have generously donated and participated in these events over the years, and who continue to support our mission in "Using Our Cars to Give Back to Our Community".

Fox 26 News visits WPS


Thank you to Rashi Vats and Todd from Fox 26 News for coming out to the shop. We appreciate your interest and the local coverage. ~Dana :)

Woodlands Performance & Suspension celebrates 15-Year Anniversary, Honors veterans and first responders

(Pictured left to right): Dennis Proctor, Founding Partner of Saddle River Range in Conroe and WPS Customer, Lesley Chillson, Navy Veteran and WPS employee, Stan Jones, Air Force Veteran and WPS Customer, Kristin Harrelson, daughter of a Navy Veteran and WPS Customer, John Henderson, WPS Lead Technician, Dana Pritchard, WPS Owner and daughter of an Army Veteran (holding Hazelnut, the shop dog), Lt. Dan Landvogt, Needham Fire Department and Army Veteran, Wyatt Pope, Needham Fire Fighter and Landon Howes, Needham Fire Fighter

The Woodlands, Texas – Dana Pritchard, owner of Woodlands Performance & Suspension (WPS) announced that The Woodlands based specialty performance and suspension business is celebrating 15 years of customizing vehicles. WPS specializes in performance, suspension, restoration and customization on cars, trucks, SUVs, and Jeeps, for domestic/import or classic vehicles. Her history includes a long list of working with veterans and first responders.

According to customer Kristin Harrelson, “Our family has a tradition of loving classic cars but we are definitely a Mustang family. We have extremely pleased with the work from WPS and we especially appreciate that Dana honors veterans and their families.” Kristin’s Dad, Anton Wagenhauser, served in the Navy and raised his family to appreciate Mustangs. Her husband, Mike Harrelson, also has a father, Rick Harrelson, who served in the Army and drives Mustangs. Dana’s WPS team has restored several of the family’s cars including a 1967 Mustang Fastback that was converted into a Shelby GT500 clone.

Customer Stan Jones shared, “I have been searching for the right Jeep to restore and I found one in Georgia that did not have a rusted frame and body. With WPS coming highly recommended, I knew I had to bring it them for the work.” He had owned a Jeep while serving as a pilot in the Air Force and served for 26 years. Now Stan’s 1986 Jeep CJ7 will receive a full frame off restoration from WPS.

Dana Pritchard has recently hired an apprentice and 11 year Navy veteran, Lesley Chillson, who is attending Universal Technical Institute and taking advantage of the GI bill to get her Auto Repair Tech Training certificate. Lesley followed her sister’s footsteps into the Navy and wanted to travel. “I’ve been to a lot of places and seen different cultures which makes me appreciate the United States even more,” Lesley said. As far as adapting from military life to civilian life, “I have to stop myself sometime to see where I’m at but I loved the camaraderie and being part of a tight family in the military. I think working with Dana and John at WPS is awesome and my favorite job thus far is being able to work on a 1963 Corvette that WPS is restoring from the ground up.” Her advice for returning veterans is “Find something you want to do and go for it.”

When Dana Pritchard and her partner opened WPS they wanted to convey gratitude, appreciation and setting a good example as a business owner. Since her partner decided to pursue other interests, WPS is now a solely woman owned business. “WPS is a woman owned business, which is a rarity in this industry. But I have established close relationships with industry professionals and earned a level of respect that proves my ability to lead in a male-dominated field. We are excited to be celebrating 15 years,” noted Pritchard. “I appreciate and I am extremely thankful for our humble beginnings, and grateful for our family, friends, and loyal customers and the community relationships we have that have supported us over the years including those that have served in the military or work as first responders.”

She continued, “We enjoy getting to know our customers on a personal level and it’s great to hear the stories they tell of the vehicles they bring in to be modified or restored – whether it is an all original one-owner car, or a vehicle they had in high school. They trust us to preserve these precious memories that in most cases will be passed down to another generation.” Pritchard gives credit to her long term Lead Technician, John Henderson for his loyalty and dedication, expertise and talent to WPS as an important part of her success.

WPS’s relationship with first responders started in the early days of the business by working with the Needham Fire Department’s vehicles including their fire trucks and their boat. Individual Fire Fighters have also been customers.

Pritchard is also one of the founding members of The Woodlands Car Club which has raised and donated over $150,000 to over 50 non-profit organizations in Montgomery County, since its formation in 2001, from the charity car related events she organizes – the most popular is TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause Charity Car Display at Market Street held on the first Sunday morning of each month.

Woodlands Performance & Suspension is located at 1622 Sawdust Road, Ste. A-4, The Woodlands, Texas 77380 and offers a 10% discount to all current and former military and all first responders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Street’s Change for Charity donates $2K to Inspiration Ranch

☆THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR WPS CUSTOMERS who participate in these events with us!! And a very special thank you to our sponsor: Northside Imports Houston - Home of Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Fiat. We appreciate all of our volunteers - including Randy Weldon and Pam Wilemon from Northside Mustang Car Club, Phillip Mitchell, and to all of our very generous enthusiasts who take the time to join us at our events and support our mission in "Using Our Cars to Give Back to Our Community." ~Dana #SoGrateful #WeLoveOurCustomers #WeLoveOurCommunity #InpsirationRanch #TheWoodlandsCarClub #MarketStreetTheWoodlands #HelloWoodlands

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THE WOODLANDS, TX - Market Street’s Change for Charity program donates more than $2,000 to Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch.

By Hello Woodlands | July 28, 2017

As part of its Change for Charity initiative, Market Street recently donated more than $2,000 to Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch.

The funds were raised by Market Street patrons and The Woodlands Car Club event attendees during the second quarter of 2017 and will assist the organization, which provides personal advancements and results for people with special needs through equine therapy. The programs at Inspiration Ranch are led by Path International Registered Instructors and are supported by a team of dedicated volunteers and therapy horses.

Since the program’s inception, Market Street patrons and The Woodlands Car Club event attendees have raised more than $120,000 for local charities. Four Montgomery County organizations are selected each year.

The Woodlands Car Club also generously raises money at their events, held the first Sunday of each month. Their contributions, coupled with the amount donated to Market Street’s 68 parking meters make up the total amount given to a selected charity each quarter.

The Woodlands Car Club/Bombshell Car Exhibit to benefit Montgomery County Youth Services

The Woodlands Car Club/Bombshell Car Exhibit at Southern Star Brewery in Conroe to benefit Montgomery County Youth Services - Saturday, Aug. 20 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

There are approximately 35 spaces left in the special car display. If you would like to be included, please RSVP by Friday, Aug. 19. Anyone in the display should arrive by 10:30-11 a.m. and will be given a private tour of the brewery.

Silent Auction-Raffles-50/50/Food & Music! Exhibit awards will be given in the following categories: Classic/Hot Rods, Domestic/Import, New/Late Models, Best in Show.

Something different and fun for a great cause!! Reserve your special parking spot today! ~Dana :)

The Woodlands Car Club: Auto enthusiasts come together for community

Over the past 15 years, The Woodlands Car Club has raised more than $100,000 for local nonprofit organizations by participating in and hosting charity-driven events.

The Woodlands Car Club was formed in 2001 by a local group of auto enthusiasts including Dana Pritchard, co-owner of The Woodlands Performance & Suspension.

“Our motto is, ‘Using our cars to give back to the community,’ so everything The Woodlands Car Club does ties into a local nonprofit organization,” Pritchard said.

The main way the club achieves its goal is through the Cars & Coffee for a Cause monthly event, which is a partnership between the car club and Market Street’s Change for Charity initiative. Through the program, Market Street collects the change from 68 voluntary curbside parking meters on Market Street at the end of each quarter and chooses four Montgomery County nonprofit organizations to support with those collections throughout the year.

On the first Sunday of each month, the car club puts on a display at Market Street and invites representatives from the chosen nonprofit to hand out information and speak to spectators about their organization. The car club collects the money donated during the shows and, at the end of each quarter, Market Street and the car club present two checks to the nonprofit.

“Market Street is proud to host such a civic-minded group,” Market Street Marketing Director Noemi Gonzalez said. “Their donations have helped to make a difference in the lives of many here in Montgomery County.”

In 2015, the club donated a total of $2,000 to four nonprofits: the Humane Society of Montgomery County, Community Partners of Montgomery County, Conroe ISD Education Foundation and the Tamina Community Center.

Since 2008, Cars & Coffee for a Cause has raised more than $10,000 for nonprofit organizations. The next Cars & Coffee for a Cause will take place from 8-11 a.m. Sept. 4 and will benefit Bikers Against Child Abuse.

The club also helps raise money by displaying cars at local events, such as the Bombshell Car Exhibit on Aug. 20. Southern Star Brewing Company in Conroe will host the event, which will benefit Montgomery County Youth Services.

“It’s very important to contribute back to the community that we live in any way that we possibly can,” Pritchard said. “If you have a little, give a little. It’s important for us to do that. Using our cars to give back to the community is just a win-win for everybody.”

The Woodlands Car Club & Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers in Spring Support Cassidy Joined for Hope Foundation - Suicide Awareness and Prevention

The Woodlands Car Club teamed up w/Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers in Spring to raise awareness and funds for Cassidy Joined for Hope Foundation - Teen Suicide Prevention & Awareness.

"Thank you so much for thinking of our charity and including Cassidy Joined for Hope in your donations and support. This is such an important topic that has affected so any lives in our own community and needs to be addressed and talked about so that no other family has to lose a child to suicide. Thank you for helping us spread the awareness." Kim Hess, Founder

☆A big THANK YOU to WPS customer Eric Nitcher, Judy LaField Jackson and Phil Jackson, Blair Franklin for bringing your awesome cars out, Chadd from Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers, Cory from O'Reilly Automotive, Shawna Wilkins from 86 Today Show, students from College Park High School, and Kim Hess and family from Cassidy Joined for Hope Foundation. It was a nice morning to get together in support of raising awareness and suicide prevention. We appreciate you taking time out of your day to support this very important cause - our young people in our community, they are our future! ~Dana :)

All revved up: The Woodlands Car Club blends its love of classic vehicles with local charity efforts

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Before the crack of dawn on a Sunday morning, the cars start rolling into Market Street. 1968 Camaro. 2002 Corvette Z06. 2010 Jeep Wrangler. 2015 Mustang GT.

The car enthusiasts arrive early to get a good spot to show off their babies as more than 100 vehicles park around the shopping center for the monthly Cars and Coffee for a Cause event put on by The Woodlands Car Club.

The hobbyists gather in groups to swap car stories, fathers bond with their children over the inner workings of an engine and senior citizens take a walk down memory lane, admiring the classics.

"It's intimate, friendly, personable," Dana Pritchard, the event coordinator, describes the event that brings the community together to share its love of special cars while giving back. "You never know what you're going to see," she added.

Since the event is geared toward raising money for local charities and providing a venue for community car lovers to share their obsessions, there are no specifications or requirements for what vehicles can participate. "We don't discriminate," she said.

Pritchard's one request is that those who participate make a donation of any size to Market Street's Change for Charity program. Year-round, the change collected from the voluntary parking meters that line the shopping center's streets is donated to a local non-profit organization selected by Market Street. This year, the four charities, each receiving proceeds from a quarter of the year, are the Lone Star Animal Welfare League, the United States Veterans Initiative, Bikers Against Child Abuse and The Will Herndon Fund for Juvenile Batten Disease Research. Each quarter, The Woodlands Car Club writes a check to the designated Change for Charity organization, passing on the offerings from the community's car enthusiasts.

"My main goal is to educate (attendees) on non-profits that need help," Pritchard said. She describes the car show as an opportunity for the average person - who may not be able to afford to attend a charity gala or golf tournament - to make a difference.

"We're using our cars to give back ... it makes people happy to see these vehicles," Pritchard said. "It's a win-win." Since the event's conception in 2008, it's raised upward of $10,000 for more than two dozen Montgomery County charities.

Passion for cars

A New York native who retains a hint of an accent in spite of more than 20 years in Texas, Pritchard has been in the business of specialty cars for 13 years. As a self-described tomboy growing up around her dad's Corvette infatuation, she sees her career path as a natural step. In 2003, with only two nickels to rub together, she says, Pritchard teamed up with her business partner, Sean Rizk, to open The Woodlands Performance and Suspension. Now, the garage, which is guarded by a spunky shop dog, a Yorkie named Hazelnut, is crowded with a mix of classics and new cars alike to be maintained or customized.

Over the years, even as high-end vehicle dealers have moved into the area, their success has been built on care for the customer and the community, Pritchard says.

Anniversary mark

And even before opening the business, Pritchard was one of the first members of The Woodlands Car Club, which celebrates its 15 year anniversary this month. The club started as just a handful of car lovers organizing a couple of shows a year. Pritchard led the way in establishing the Cars and Coffee for a Cause event, wanting to make giving back a staple in the club's purpose. In addition to the monthly event, the club serves as a resource for business, groups and individuals who are looking for special cars to display or use for an event, such as a wedding or grand opening. Even for these club activities, Pritchard encourages that there be some kind of charitable component.

In its 15 years of existence, The Woodlands Car Club has donated over $100,000 to organizations in the county.

"(Those who donate) don't realize the good they're doing," Pritchard said. "There's no better feeling."

The Woodlands Car Club Cars & Coffee for a Cause donates to 2 local non-profits

TWCC was able to present checks in the amount of $1,000 from TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause monthly charity car event donations. $500 went to Tamina Community Center, and $500 to Lone Star Animal League, in addition to Market Street's donation check from coins collected in the parking meters. Thank you to EVERYONE who participates in this fun and creative way of giving back to our community. *Photo Credit: Kathleen Orth Ryan

The Woodlands Car Club welcomes McLaren Houston to TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause

Thank you to all who came to TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause yesterday morning and for your generous donations that will go to Lone Star Animal Welfare League this 1st quarter. Special thanks to McLaren Houston for bringing out their 2016 McLaren 570s in Ventura Orange and a 2015 Porsche 911 Turbo S in Polar White. It was an awesome turnout and we appreciate your support in our mission in "Using our Cars to Give Back to the Community".

Dana L. Pritchard | Owner/Woodlands Performance & Suspension, LLC & Owner/Woodlands Investigation Services, PLLC

TWCC donates to Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation

*Check presentation to 4th quarter recipient 2014 - Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation. TWCC was able to contribute $500 from the donations collected at our charity car event, TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause. Grand total of $2,268.03, which also included change from the parking meters located in Market Street. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participates in this fun and creative way to give back to our community! ~Dana

The Woodlands Car Club donates to Montgomery County Search & Rescue

Even though it was cold and it rained Jan., Feb., and March (2014), we were still able to donate $300 to the Montgomery County Search & Rescue - the 1st quarter non-profit organization for TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause. The volunteers w/MCSR work with Law Enforcement Agencies to help in various situations such as lost or missing persons, drowning victims, hiking accidents, swift water and wilderness rescue. It is the mission of search teams to identify and document clues in order to track and successfully locate missing or overdue persons involved in any of these situations listed. *Thank you JC and Larry, for all you do for MCSR. And thank you to everyone who came out despite the weather and for your donations. It's for a GREAT cause and we appreciate it! ~Dana

TWCC donates to Montgomery County Youth Services

The Woodlands Car Club presented a $600 check from donations collected at TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause, in conjunction with a check from monies collected from the parking meters, to Montgomery County Youth Services, 3rd quarter recipient (2014) at a presentation at Market Street. Pictured left to right: Michelle Rivera O'Rourke-MCYS, Dana Pritchard-TWCC, and Vanessa Johnson w/Market Street. Thank you to everyone who participates in this program the first Sunday of every month. ~Dana (Oct.2014)

TWCC donates to Education for Tomorrow Alliance

TWCC presented a $500 check to Education for Tomorrow Alliance at Market Street last week from donations collected at TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause. The rest of the money donated was collected from the parking meters - 2nd quarter 2014. Thank you to everyone who participates in this once a month Sunday morning event. We appreciate your support and generosity.

Group Cruises for Charity


Dana Pritchard, president of The Woodlands Car Club, also co-owns Woodlands Performance & Suspension with Sean Rizk. The couple shares a passion for cars and for helping out local charities. Photo: Lindsay Peyton / HC

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Tuesday, June 12 (Houston Chronicle). The first Sunday of each month, the main drag of the Market Street shopping center is transformed into a showroom for hot rods, sports cars and classic rides.

The Woodlands Car Club gathers at 9 a.m. for a morning dedicated to showing off unique vehicles. A total of 44 parking spaces are reserved for members, but the group also encourages area enthusiasts to join. All types of cars and all ages of guests are invited.

Besides admiring sleek lines and souped-up engines, members are raising funds for nonprofit groups. The club's monthly Cars & Coffee for a Cause collects coins for Market Street's "Change for Charities" program.

The causes change each year, but the car club's dedication remains steady. At the end of the day, members believe trophies are nothing compared to helping out the community.

President Dana Pritchard said the club's commitment to fundraising for worthy causes sets it apart. "There's no club like this," she said. "The main goal is for us to use our cars to give back."

Pritchard was first invited to join the car club by her father Bruce Carter, a car enthusiast, in 2001. She attended her first meeting with Sean Rizk. They both became dedicated members, and Pritchard soon made her way into the driver's seat of The Woodlands Car Club.

"My responsibilities grew as my passion grew," she said. "I wanted to drive the club in a charity way. I had to step up, because I knew there was more we could do."

Along the way, Pritchard and Rizk started their own business, Woodlands Performance & Suspension, a one-stop automotive shop for customization and modifications.

Rizk worked in the automotive industry for 10 years before deciding to venture out on his own. He also loved cars since childhood. "My dad took me to Indy 500 races, and I just grew up around race cars," he said. At work, Rizk saw how people related to their cars. "It's like building a custom home - you tailor it to who you are. The same goes for cars," he said. "It's an expression of style."

"People often identify themselves with what they drive," he added. "For older cars, it's nostalgia. People get into cars at a young age, and they want to have the car they had when they were 16," he said. For the newer cars, Rizk said it is more about adrenaline. "It's about horsepower and aesthetics," he said. "It starts with the engine power and evolves into the sound of the car."

In their new business, they saw first-hand how much people loved their vehicles and how customers gathered around cars. Pritchard, with a background in marketing, applied her observations to the car club.

"We started our business with nothing, and now we have a great customer base," she said. "As our partnership and our business grew, we were in a take charge position. I thought we had to do the right thing."

Her goal was to turn the car club around and focus on how to use the marketability of a car show to raise money for charities. Since 2001, the group has raised more than $70,000 for local nonprofit organizations. The club also hosts an annual Evening Fall Car Show. Each November, on a Saturday night, members invite the community to check out the cars, listen to live music and raise funds for the Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

Pritchard said the event provides residents in The Woodlands an option for a night-out to raise money that will not break the bank. "It brings people who can't write a $500 check for a black tie affair, who can't afford to play in a golf tournament or who don't have the time to train for a Fun Run," she said. "What about the people who work day in and out to provide for their families? They still want to give. This is their chance."

Pritchard said the Car Club is trying to do as much possible with limited resources financially and with volunteers. She is still sometimes shocked that a club with 50 members has raised so much. I just cry when I count the money," she said. "People are so generous. I wonder if they understand the magnitude of what they're doing." Pritchard said every little bit helps.

"In the big scheme of things, we're really small," she said. "We're small voices but we want to put a spotlight on what we can do to contribute to our community."

The Woodlands Car Club celebrates 10 years

Pictured is Dana Pritchard, president of The Woodlands Car Club, (far left) standing with car enthusiasts along with Tony Gullo, Sr. (second to the left) who hosted the private tour in celebration of the car club’s 10th anniversary.


THE WOODLANDS, Texas - The Woodlands Car Club celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a private classic car tour at Tony Gullo’s car museum in Magnolia. The private event was an invitation- only tour of Gullo’s more than 250 classic cars in a sprawling facility complete with mock gas station, 50s diner, Christmas village and muscle cars outfitted with car hops and window trays.

The Woodlands Car Club was founded in March 2001 by a local group of car enthusiasts to create friendships, fellowship, foster relationships with local business and community, create awareness for and give back to local non-profit organizations in Montgomery County. The organization is comprised of a small group of enthusiastic and committed volunteers to serve the community in a variety of ways.

The purpose behind The Woodlands Car Club is to provide gatherings to show off our special vehicles within the car club to our local community, share information about needful nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County, and to give back monetarily as well. For the 10 year anniversary get together TWCC requested a donation for the Gullo Christmas for Kids Foundation.

"We were so grateful to be given the opportunity to view Mr. Gullo’s vast car collection," Dana Pritchard said, president of The Woodlands Car Club. "Our guests made donations to enter the museum and we were able to donate $500 to the Gullo Foundation. We know this Foundation is so very special to them and we wanted to acknowledge that."

During its 10 year history, TWCC has donated more than $60,000 to Montgomery County charitable organizations and continue to ‘use our cars to give back to the community’ according to Pritchard. One such event is TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause held at Market Street the first Sunday of each month from 9-11 a.m.

"We host various car club events as well as a steady feature at Market Street the first Sunday of every month," Pritchard said. "The money we raise here goes to the Market Street Change for Charity program that benefits our local community."

The four Change for Charity recipients for 2011 are: The Woodlands Children’s Museum, Panther Creek Inspirational Ranch, Bridgewood Farms and Special Life Network.

"The Woodlands Car Club does so much good in our community and we are glad to be part of their success," Jenny Taylor said, marketing director for Market Street. "We know when they succeed nonprofit agencies in our community thrive. Giving back is what it is all about."

TWCC welcomes all types of vehicles from domestics to imports, classics, hot rods, exotics, and more. They encourage diversity and feel it is important to use our special vehicles at local events for such great causes.