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FORD MOTOR COMPANY SUPPORTS HURON RIVERFEST '93

 DEARBORN, Mich., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) has donated $50,000 to the Huron River Watershed Council in support of Huron RIVERfest '93, becoming the largest financial sponsor of the May 14-22 event.
 Huron RIVERfest '93 is a region-wide, eight-day celebration of and tribute to the 125-mile-long Huron River, which courses through five counties in southeast Michigan.
 "Ford's financial support is a tremendous boost to us and the other organizations planning this celebration," says Paul Rentschler, director of the HRWC.
 A flotilla of 30 canoes, carrying citizens, experts and community leaders, will ply the entire length of the Huron in eight days from Commerce Township in Oakland County to Pte. Mouillee State Game Area on Lake Erie. Along the way, communities will host celebrations that include concerts; history, nature and cultural programs; and river- related displays of various organizations.
 "The canoe trip and community celebrations are designed to highlight the importance of the river in our lives, to promote communication among river basin communities and to promote stewardship of the river," said Rentschler.
 "Ford is committed to being part of environmental solutions," said O.B. Marx III, executive director of Ford's Automotive Components Group, which oversees a majority of the seven Ford plants located near the Huron River.
 "We believe RIVERfest '93 will be an excellent educational opportunity, particularly for the youth in the community. As parents and corporate citizens, it's our responsibility to teach our children to care for our planet. We all need to help be keepers of the environment, not just users of it. RIVERfest '93 assists in this endeavor," said Marx.
 Ford's contribution will be used to produce an educational video of the trip, a guide to the Huron River, RIVERfest '93 brochures and other informational items and to purchase and print RIVERfest T-Shirts for resale as a fund-raiser for the HRWC. Ford also is donating the use of vans, including one powered by natural gas.
 In addition, Ford will have displays and activities during the celebrations at Ypsilanti's Riverside Park on Wednesday, May 19, and Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown Township on Saturday, May 22. An Ecostar, Ford's electric van, will be displayed along with information about Ford's other alternative fuel vehicles. Recycled bumpers and car parts will be displayed in the form of benches, bird houses and even toys, while another display will show how consumer goods such as plastic soda bottles can be recycled into car parts. An activity booklet about the environment will be distributed to children. Finally, the Ford display will provide tips on how consumers can drive "green."
 For more information about the RIVERfest, call the Huron River Watershed Council at 313-769-5123 or Huron-Clinton Metroparks at 1-800-47-PARKS.
 HURON RIVERFEST '93
 CELEBRATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
 Celebrations will feature shows, educational displays and children's events.
 Saturday, May 15
 Mill Race Park in Commerce Township (9-11 a.m.)
 Central Park in Milford (Noon-2 p.m.)
 Kensington Metropark in Milford (2:30 p.m.-Dusk)
 Sunday, May 16
 Livingston County Conservation Club in Hamburg Township
 (8 a.m.-Dusk)
 Monday, May 17
 Hudson Mills Metropark near Dexter (3-9 p.m.)
 Tuesday, May 18
 Village of Dexter (9 a.m.-2 p.m.)
 Fuller Park in Ann Arbor (4-8 p.m.)
 Wednesday, May 19
 Riverside Park in Ypsilanti (5 p.m.-Dusk)
 Thursday, May 20
 Lower Huron Metropark in Huron Township (5:30 p.m.-Dusk)
 Friday, May 21
 Oakwoods Metropark in Flat Rock (3 p.m. - Dusk)
 Saturday, May 22
 Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown Township (9 a.m. - Dusk)
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 /CONTACT: Dave Moilanen of HRWC, 800-477-2757; or Pam Kueber of Ford, 313-337-2456/
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