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FORD MOTOR DONATES $100,000 TO DENVER ORGANIZATIONS

 FORD MOTOR DONATES $100,000 TO DENVER ORGANIZATIONS
 DENVER, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) will


contribute about $100,000 to four key Denver organizations as part of a major community initiative to benefit citizens of the Denver metropolitan area as well as the rest of Colorado.
 Robert L. Rewey, Ford vice president - Sales Operations, North American Automotive Operations, announced donations to the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Zoo, the Denver Children's Museum, and the Denver Center for Performing Arts at a news conference here today.
 "We encourage the citizens of Denver and the state to reap the benefits that these fine organizations provide," Rewey said. "At Ford, we are glad to play a role in helping these excellent institutions."
 Ford initiatives include:
 -- In March, Ford will sponsor a reception for governmental officials and civic leaders to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Denver Art Museum.
 -- The company also will contribute $25,000 and several vehicle loans in support of the Denver Zoo's "Wildlights" effort that provides clothing and toys for less fortunate families during the holiday season.
 -- Ford will contribute $10,000 to The Denver Children's Museum to purchase Star Lab, a portable planetarium that will travel to public schools throughout the greater Denver area. Rewey also presented the keys to a 1993 Mercury Villager minivan for museum officials to use for one year to transport Star Lab to area schools.
 -- Ford will contribute $10,000 to the Denver Center for Performing Arts to be a corporate sponsor throughout the 1992-93 performance year, and to be the sole sponsor of the "Evita" performance April 3, 1993. In addition, Ford will donate a new 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII, which carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $36,640, to support the Center for a fund-raising raffle to be held on March 6, 1993.
 Rewey was in Denver as part of a national, multi-city tour by Ford Motor Company executives in November and December to discuss the importance of the U.S. manufacturing sector to the nation's overall economic health.
 "Ford is undertaking the major community outreach program for two reasons," Rewey said. "One, we want to share with you firsthand information on Ford and the domestic auto industry. And two, we want to do something we're working very hard at attempting -- getting closer to our customers and potential customers, if you will, by listening directly to their views and concerns on Ford, its products, services and people.
 "Once we listen, we want to act upon what we hear, and do what we can to be a better company and a better corporate citizen in the communities where we operate."
 Ford has approximately 1,200 employees in the Denver area, working in Ford, Lincoln-Mercury and Ford Parts and Service Division offices and at Ford's Microelectronics Division High Altitude Emissions Laboratory in Colorado Springs. Ford also has a Glass Division branch office in Denver and a Governmental Affairs office that covers governmental matters in Colorado and many surrounding states.
 Ford's financial services subsidiaries are represented in the Denver metropolitan area and throughout the state. Ford Credit, The Associates, First Nationwide Bank, Columbia Savings, Primus Automotive, and American Road Insurance all operate branch offices in the state.
 During the first eight months of 1992, the 13 franchised Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealers in Denver sold 9,876 cars and trucks. Those sales helped make Ford the only vehicle manufacturer in the United States -- domestic or import -- to gain both truck and car market share during the 1992 model year.
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 /CONTACT: Carolyn Burke of Ford, 313-594-3080/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: Michigan, Colorado IN: AUT SU:


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