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Ford Announced 2013 Ford Freedom Unsung Award Indianapolis Winners

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2013-12-17 22:39:06 - • Ford partnered with the Indianapolis Urban League to recognize winners of Ford Freedom Unsung recently in Indianapolis
• Winners were selected from local community nominations
• Kevin Frazier hosted awards event, actress KeKe Palmer served as youth ambassador

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 14, 2013 – Ford Motor Company announced the winners of the Ford Freedom Unsung award, celebrating individuals who have made significant contributions in their community. Over 250+ officials, community leaders, and guests recently gathered at the Indiana Historical Society. A special reception (on Dec. 12) took place that paid tribute to several honorees that were recognized for their outstanding achievements.

Made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company, Ford Freedom Unsung salutes individuals and organizations that have positively impacted communities with achievements that inform and inspire others.

“This program shines a spotlight on those who go above and beyond to positively impact communities, but are often not recognized for what they do,” said Pamela Alexander, director

of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Whether it is a mother who tutors children, a brother who sacrificed years serving his country, a neighbor who leads a nonprofit organization or a father who has dedicated his life to serving the homeless, unsung heroes surround us every day and look for nothing in return.”

Ford brought this national program to Indianapolis as part of its ongoing commitment to honor distinguished Americans who dedicate their lives to improving their communities and the world. Awards were given in five categories – community, education, military, youth and organization.

Awarding-winning actress KeKe Palmer served as youth ambassador for the Ford Freedom Unsung program. Palmer is not only known for her outstanding career in entertainment, but also for her commitment to youth issues such as bullying prevention.

Kevin Frazier, co-anchor of “omg!INSIDER,” served as master of ceremonies. Frazier has been an avid supporter of Ford community programs, frequently participating in events and speaking engagements.

The 2013 Ford Freedom Unsung Indianapolis awards were presented to:

Leslie Hodge
Patrick H. Jones II
William R. Sanders, III
Crystal Thorpe
Troy Turner

Debra Alexander
Kenneth R. Bigbee, Jr.
Paul D. McDowell

MacKenzie Issac
Kirsten Holston

Freewill Outreach Ministries
Helping Others Prosper Economically (H.O.P.E.) TEAM
The International Family Worship Center In Prison Ministry
Mozel Sanders Foundation
Ian Smith Foundation

Corey A. Duncan, Sr.
Reginald L. Jones, Sr.
DeIvory Hampton
Matthew Steward
Malachi Walker
Sheryl Wise

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 180,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

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