SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National MS Society, coordinated by its Michigan Chapter, is partnering with the Ford Motor Company to raffle off a 2015 Mustang 50 years convertible to help raise funds for the Society's cutting edge "No Opportunity Wasted" (NOW) multiple sclerosis research initiative. The goal of the raffle is to raise $2 million.
The 2015 Ford Mustang 50 years convertible donated to the raffle will be a one-of-a-kind vehicle, featuring:
- Special instrument panel badge engraved with the signature of Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford and the serial number 0001 of 0001
- Wimbledon White exterior
- Chrome-accented limited edition grille and tail lights
- 5.0-liter V8 engine with six-speed manual transmission
- Black leather interior with cashmere accent stitching and cashmere seat inserts
- 19-inch premium painted Y-Spoke wheels
- Rear decklid badge with "GT 50 Years" identification
"We're thrilled to be able to work with and help The National MS Society again," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. "As pleased as we are to be able to help financially with the Society's No Opportunity Wasted research project, we also feel it's important to help raise greater awareness of this terrific program. That we're creating one – and only one – Mustang GT 50 Years convertible for the Society shows how much we respect and support their efforts."
In addition to donating the vehicle, the Ford Motor Company is a long time charity partner with the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter and provides fundraising and volunteer support throughout the year to the organization that helps people affected by MS.
"We are so grateful for our continued and supportive relationship with Ford," said Elana Sullivan, president of the National MS Society – Michigan Chapter. "The funds raised through this raffle will be used to advance the productive and ongoing research to stop MS progression, restore function and end MS forever."
Adds Phil Keoghan, longtime National MS Society Ambassador and Ford enthusiast: "Talk about No Opportunity Wasted. This Ford raffle provides a unique opportunity to potentially own a one-of-a-kind Mustang while helping to create a world free of MS. It's a win-win. Think No Opportunity Wasted…NOW!"
A limited number of raffle tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter and Ford Motor Company, while supplies last. Tickets are $20 each. Ticket requests can be placed online anytime at www.ford4ms.com. Raffle tickets can also be reserved by phone at 1-800-243-5767 between 8am-8pm (EST) Monday – Friday.
The winning raffle ticket will be drawn in Mustang Alley at Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, MI during the Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday, August 16th.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. To move us closer to creating a world free of MS, last year alone, the Society invested over $48 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world while providing program services to over one million people. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.
SOURCE National Multiple Sclerosis Society