Ford Honors Dealers With Big Hearts


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    William Kindle Picture

    William Kindle, a New Jersey Ford dealer, is one of several dealers honored with this year's Salute to Dealers awards. | January 28, 2014

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Just the Facts:
  • Ford dealers who spent lots of time on charitable causes, including Angel Flight Northeast and Make-A-Wish, were honored with the company's Salute to Dealers awards.
  • Among those tapped for the awards were William Kindle of Kindle Ford Lincoln in Cape May Court House, New Jersey and Randy Nehring of Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • Ford and Lincoln dealers gave approximately $89 million to local causes and nonprofits in communities across the U.S. in 2013, according to Ford.

DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford dealers who spent lots of time on charitable causes, including Angel Flight Northeast and Make-A-Wish, were honored with the company's Salute to Dealers awards.

Among those tapped for the awards were William Kindle of Kindle Ford Lincoln in Cape May Court House, New Jersey and Randy Nehring of Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Randall Reed of Randall Reed's Planet Ford in Humble, Texas also was singled out by the automaker for the dealer award.

"The Salute to Dealers awards recognize dealers who 'Go Further' when it comes to giving back to the communities in which they live and work," the automaker said in a statement.

Kindle demonstrated a charitable bent in a number of ways. He has helped to save the lives of marine mammals and sea turtles along New Jersey's waterways by flying rescue missions in his plane. He also has logged 20,000 miles and more than 50 flights for Angel Flight Northeast, an organization that provides free air transportation to families in need of critical medical care.

Nehring's dealership has raised community awareness about pediatric cancer by supporting the Be Bold, Wear Gold campaign. It is also a supporter of Make-A-Wish.

Reed's dealership is committed to educational efforts. After an elementary school playground burned to the ground, Reed donated $35,000 to rebuild it. The dealership also donated a Ford Escape to the winner of Humble Teacher of the Year.

Ford and Lincoln dealers gave approximately $89 million to local causes and nonprofits in communities across the U.S. in 2013, according to Ford. The automaker said "children's causes top the list" of dealership efforts, "with more than 93 percent of dealers donating both time and money."

Edmunds says: Kudos to the winners of Ford's Salute to Dealers awards and the communities who benefit from their charitable spirit.

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