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 :)
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 the Community".
(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.
☆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
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.
Thank you to Whitney Montgomery from The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes Magazine for the nice write-up and great photos of The Woodlands Car Club Cars & Coffee for a Cause Charity Car Display @ Market Street. We appreciate your interest and coverage. ~Dana
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 :)
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 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 :)
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