2014 AutoGlow Exceeds Goals for Community Support

Jan 29, 2014, 13:18 ET from The Children's Center of Wayne County

-The Children's Center's AutoGlow Detroit Razzle Dazzle, presented by Ford Motor Company, netted more than $250,000

-This year's corporate and community support for AutoGlow exceeded all sponsorship goals

-Nearly 1,000 guests attended the exclusive afterglow event at Ford Field following the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview on January 17, 2014

DETROIT, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Detroit community showed overwhelming support of The Children's Center through record sponsorship of AutoGlow Detroit Razzle Dazzle. Presented by Ford Motor Company, the event, which featured the glamour and glitz of the Roaring '20s, netted more than $250,000 for The Children's Center.

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The Children's Center's president and CEO, Debora Matthews, said, "Detroiters have been generously supporting our work with vulnerable children and families for 85 years." She continues, "Proceeds from AutoGlow and Charity Preview accelerate our ability to provide life-changing mental health services to more than 7,500 children and families regardless of their ability to pay. We thank all of our supporters for making AutoGlow and Charity Preview 2014 a resounding success."

The event was hosted by Lisa & Bill Ford and Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Company. Ford's Presenting Sponsorship of the event builds on more than 82 years of continuous support for The Children's Center from Ford Motor Company and members of the Ford family since its founding in 1929.

This year, several new event features created excitement and generated additional revenue.  There were live auctions of two paintings by speed painter Dave Santia.  There was also an exclusive onsite AutoGlow Delta Air Lines Razzle Dazzle Raffle.  The winning ticket for two Business Class round-trip tickets from the U.S. to Europe, courtesy of Delta Air Lines, was drawn by Ford Motor Company's Group Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Felicia Fields.

Nearly 1,000 guests enjoyed an elegant menu of hors d'oeuvres, dinner and decadent desserts featuring several dishes from the era.  Guests then danced to Detroit's Ben Sharkey Band. The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT was on display as well as an award-winning 1929 Ford Model A. The automobiles highlighted the past and future of the industry, which has been, and continues to be, a vital component of the region.

Among other sponsors supporting the event at record levels were Platinum Sponsor: BASF; Gold Sponsors: DENSO International America, Inc., Harman International, Tweddle Group and Silver Sponsors: Siemens PLM Software, The Detroit Lions, Inc., Jackson Dawson Communications and Team Detroit. Joining them were In-Kind Travel Sponsor Delta Air Lines, In-Kind Venue Sponsor Ford Field, Exclusive Magazine Sponsor HOUR Magazine, and In-Kind Food & Beverage Sponsor Levy Restaurants.

About The Children's Center 
For nearly 85 years, The Children's Center has been empowering Greater Detroit children and families to shape their own futures.  Annually, more than 7,500 children and families receive evidence-based therapeutic mental and behavioral health services from The Children's Center to help them overcome emotional and intellectual challenges, trauma from abuse, neglect and poverty.  Learn more about The Children's Center and our 20+ inter-related programs at www.thechildrenscenter.com or call 313.831.5535.

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 corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE The Children's Center of Wayne County