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Ford Employees in Southeast Michigan Helped Raise $900K for JDRF in 2016

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Ford recently sold a one-of-a-kind 2017 F-150 Raptor for $207,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction with all proceeds benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Ford’s involvement with JDRF is storied and extensive, and it added another chapter this week when it was announced at the Ford Global Action Team awards that company employees from Southeast Michigan helped raise more than $900,000 for Type 1 diabetes research.

“Thank you so much for what you do. Ford has raised more than $3.5 million for JDRF in 2016, and it’s the 16th consecutive year that we’ve raised $3 million or more,” said Edsel B. Ford II, member of the Ford Board of Directors. “It helps a lot of us who are touched by this disease, and we couldn’t do it without you.”

The importance of type 1 diabetes research is especially important to Ford; his son, Albert, is a Type 1 diabetic.

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The $900,000 total includes more than $758,000 raised by the Dearborn Building Challenge and $143,000 raised by the Southeast Michigan Plant Challenge.

Gael Sandoval, National Manager, Ford Global Action Team for JDRF, also named other areas of success with regards to fundraising efforts in 2016.

“We raised $560,000 at Barrett-Jackson auctioning a Focus RS. The Kentucky Truck Plant raised $130,000 this year despite expansions, launches, and everything else they were going through,” she said. “And our team in Australia, even while facing a plant closure, recommitted to JDRF, and they raised double what they had in previous years.”

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