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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Wraps Up China Tour with Charity Event Attended by Ford Employees

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Ford last week hosted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for the last leg of its inaugural tour of China to celebrate their milestone achievement with a special charity concert attended by company employees and family. The DSO’s 11-stop tour in China represents both its first foray into the country in history and its first tour abroad in 16 years; it was announced in December that Ford would serve as a sponsor of the trip.

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The celebratory concert was held in Shanghai and doubled as a fundraiser for Shanghai Healing Home, which provides foster care for orphaned infants and has seen Ford employees give time as volunteers. The show was then followed by the tour-concluding performance at the Shanghai Oriental Art Theater, which was attended by Chinese dignitaries.

“Bringing the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to China is a great way to showcase the talent of Detroit, while also giving back to the communities where we live and work,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “This tour not only promotes the cross-cultural ties that build global collaboration, it gives our employees the opportunity to enjoy the international language of music.”

Ford has been a supporter of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since the 1930s when it served as a sponsor of its live radio broadcasts. In the past two decades alone, Ford and its philanthropic arm, Ford Motor Company Fund, have funneled more than $18 million into keeping the orchestra going strong. Ford Fund, since its foundation in 1949, has distributed more than $1.5 billion amongst worthy causes.

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