Ford Motor Company Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields Kicks Off 2013 United Way Community Giving Campaign

Sep 25, 2013, 13:00 ET from United Way for Southeastern Michigan

DETROIT, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark Fields, United Way for Southeastern Michigan's campaign chairman and Ford Motor Company's chief operating officer, will light the United Way torch in Hart Plaza to kick off the fall 2013 Community Giving campaign, titled "Invest in Our Kids." 

The campaign theme "Invest in Our Kids" celebrates iconic Detroiters who have contributed positively to greater Detroit by bringing hope, solutions and accomplishments to the community.  The campaign also will showcase to donors and volunteers how their efforts around basic needs, financial stability and education contribute to making Detroit a top-five city to live and work by 2030.

The United Way torch is a symbol of hope and dedication, as well as a tribute to the generous spirit of the citizens of greater Detroit.

WHO:  Mark Fields, United Way for Southeastern Michigan's campaign chair and Ford Motor Company's chief operating officer; Glover Quin, one of the newest members of the Detroit Lions; and Michael J. Brennan, President and CEO, United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

WHAT: United Way for Southeastern Michigan 2013 Campaign Kick-Off

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
6:30 – 7 a.m.
Program will start promptly at 6:30 a.m. with the lighting of the torch, rain or shine

WHERE:  Hart Plaza (adjacent to the intersection of Woodward and Jefferson Avenues)

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 171,000 employees and about 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's products, please visit

About United Way for Southeastern Michigan
United Way for Southeastern Michigan mobilizes the caring power of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways throughout the region. The organization is led by a diverse group of volunteers from business, labor, government, human services, education and the community. United Way provides opportunities to invest in the metropolitan Detroit community through its annual Campaign and is a leader in convening partners to impact local residents each year by increasing economic self-sufficiency, protecting children and youth at risk, strengthening families, empowering neighborhoods and communities, and promoting health and wellness. Additional information is available at

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