The Detroit Youth Choir recently gained popularity on the hit NBC show, “America’s Got Talent.” This talented group of young singers placed second on the reality competition, falling short of the $1 million grand prize. However, Ford wants to show support for the 52-member choir, which is why Ford Fund is giving scholarships to the members.
Each member of the choir is receiving a $1,000 scholarship
from Ford Fund. That amount of money can help pay for textbooks or other
necessary items for the choir members. Ford also gave the group a 15-passenger
Transit van, which will make traveling to events easier.
“We share the pride and excitement of Detroiters everywhere
in recognizing these remarkable and talented young people,” said Jim Vella,
president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We’re thrilled to be able to help them not
only with their transportation challenges, but also the next chapter of their
The Detroit Youth Choir has been a part of the Detroit
community since 1996. The choir teaches about music, theater arts, dance and
even life skills. It also has an impressive 98 percent graduation rate. Ford
has helped this choir as well as other members of Michigan communities with
about $177 million given to important causes.
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This year, Ford and the Ford Fund created a new mobility
program called Strengthen Her: Mobilizing Ventures for Social Innovation, or SHE-MOVES.
The SHE-MOVES mobility program was designed specifically to make a difference
in the lives of women and children in South Africa and Nigeria. SHE-MOVES is
built around the “Whole-Person Leadership” development, adhering to the UN’s
Sustainable Development Goals, which include Quality Education, Affordable and
Clean Energy, Clean Water and Sanitation, Gender Equality, and Good Health and
Specifically, SHE-MOVES made a difference in Nigeria by
awarding a grant to Shuttlers, a female-owned app-based service that helps more
than 400 women move around in Lagos, which is seeing tremendous population
In South Africa, SHE-MOVES partnered with the Uhambo
Foundation of Cape Town to give children with special needs the mobility they
require; the grant to the foundation also empowers caretakers of these
children. In addition to the financial assistance, the SHE-MOVES mobility
program donated a Ford Tourneo Custom to the organization.
“We are extremely grateful to receive the SHE-MOVES grant and the donation of the Ford Tourneo Custom, both of which will assist us immensely in reaching out to more members of the community and help improve the lives of children affected by disabilities, particularly in the impoverished rural areas,” remarked Uhambo Foundation General Manager Sarah Driver-Jowitt.
Contact us at L&L Motor for more exciting news about Ford’s charitable partnerships, as well as its new 2020 model lineup.
The Ford donated Ole Yeller Mustang given to a charity auction for EAA AirVenture on August 2 sold for $295,000, the proceeds of which went to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth programs. The Ole Yeller Mustang was aviation-inspired and specially designed by Ford engineers.
The winner of the auction was Hank Menke, a CEO from Indiana. Part of the nearly $300,000 will go to the Young Eagles, a program which has been giving free introductory flying lessons to children since 1992. This is the ninth unique vehicle Ford has had specially designed to auction in support of the EAA and has raised over $3 million over the years.
The Ole Yeller Mustang has a custom yellow exterior, custom accents and badging, mirrors that project images of aircraft, and airplane-inspired gauges in the cabin. It is a Shelby GT350 that generates 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, and the 6-speed manual transmission it’s mated to makes it “the most track ready road-legal Mustang ever produced.”
The Ole Yeller is meant to honor the P-51D fighter plane and the pilot Bob Hoover, who was considered by many to be one of the best pilots who ever lived. He flew a plane called Ole Yeller, which inspired the paint job and nickname of the special Mustang.