LAS VEGAS — Ford and Lincoln dealers went far beyond moving the metal in 2015, donating nearly $100 million to local causes and nonprofits throughout the U.S., Ford said on Monday in its annual Survey on Dealer Giving.
"This generosity reflects Ford Motor Company's global brand promise to go further in delivering great products, a strong business and a better world," the automaker said in a statement.
Six dealerships worldwide were recognized for "unparalleled giving" by Ford.
They include Ricart Ford in Columbus, Ohio.
"The family's love of music inspired them to support the annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Bluegrass Festival, where 100 percent of the proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis," Ford said.
Bill Currie Ford in Tampa, Florida also was singled out for raising "hundreds of thousands of dollars for All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg."
"The dealership has a special relationship with the Children's Cancer Center, a support service for families of children with cancer," Ford said.
O.C. Welch Ford in Hardeeville, South Carolina was another stellar dealership when it came to giving, Ford noted.
"Welch's giving includes donating more than $500,000 to Benedictine Military School of Savannah, a military faith-based institution," Ford said.
O.C. Welch also spent $3 million to help renovate Bacon Park Municipal Golf Course, where company president O.C. Welch got his first job.
"In addition, Ford is a founding member of the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire, which provides financial assistance to the surviving spouses and children of first responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty," the company said.
Edmunds says: Kudos to these Ford and Lincoln dealerships for having a big heart when it comes to helping their local communities.