DEARBORN –Health care organizations and groups focused on children are among the charitable organizations benefiting from the first Ford Export and Growth (E&G) charity auction.
The March event raised more than $434,000 from E&G dealers, with all proceeds going to a charity of the dealer’s choice.
The auction took place during E&G’s annual Dealer Business Meeting and featured a collection of unique items, including a Franklin Mint 1908 Ford Model T signed by Executive Chairman Bill Ford and a Franklin Mint 1969 Mustang Boss 302 signed by CEO and President Alan Mulally.
The highlight of the auction was a Special Edition 2012 Mustang Boss 302 signed by Mulally, Ford and racing legend Parnelli Jones. E&G Director Hal Feder recently delivered the one-of-a-kind vehicle to the Kjaer Group at the company’s Denmark headquarters during a visit commemorating the organization’s 50th anniversary.
The winning bidder could select a charity from a list prescreened by Global Giving or could name a charity of their choice in their home country or region.
Al Jazirah Vehicles in Saudi Arabia requested one of its winning bids help meet the nutritional needs of children in East Africa. Children with terminal illnesses and debilitating diseases in Bahrain will benefit from one of Almoayyed Motors successful bids, which was earmarked for the Dreams Society.
Nigeria’s Lifeline Care Association, which is working to reverse the soaring mortality rates among victims of road traffic accidents and violent acts, was selected by Coscharis Motors as its beneficiary.
Gulf for Good, with a credo of “giving kids a chance around the world,” was designated by Qatar’s Almana Motors as its charity.
Multiple children’s organizations were among those selected by Jordan dealer Commercial and Industrial Company, while North Iraq Vehicles Agency also requested a children’s charity.
Groups focused on education and training as well as health care organizations are among those receiving funds from the Kjaer Group’s winning bids, while in the Dominican Republic, Grupo Viamar selected the Quiereme Como Soy Foundation, which reaches out to individuals and families living with Down syndrome and autism.
Altogether more than 20 organizations in at least 10 countries in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean and Central America either have or soon will receive donations ranging from $1,300 to $182,000.
“As we see the good that these contributions will do, I am reminded of the commitment our dealers have made to Go Further on behalf of their local communities,” Feder said.