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Paul Brown, dealer prin­ci­pal of Auck­land’s John Andrew Ford, was one six deal­ers from around the world re­cently hon­oured for ex­cep­tional com­mu­nity ser­vice as part of Ford’s Salute to Deal­ers.

Ed­sel B. Ford II and four other judges se­lected the six from a to­tal global field of nearly 80 nom­i­nees from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Europe, Asia Pa­cific, the Caribbean, Mex­ico and Cen­tral Amer­ica, plus Africa and the Mid­dle East re­gions. As part of the award, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany Fund is donat­ing US$10,000 to a char­ity of each dealer’s choice.

Ford and Lin­coln deal­ers in the US gave more than US$100-mil­lion and 800,000 hours to lo­cal causes and non-prof­its in 2016, ac­cord­ing to Ford Mo­tor Com­pany’s an­nual sur­vey on Dealer Giv­ing.

The sur­vey co­in­cides with the 17th-an­nual Salute to Deal­ers Awards de­liv­ered at the 2017 Na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Con­ven­tion and Expo in New Or­leans.

In the sur­vey, nearly 80 per­cent of deal­ers said their teams give both time and money to lo­cal causes. Most deal­ers say they are driven to make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­ni­ties be­cause giv­ing is a part of their deal­er­ship tra­di­tion.

“Time and time again our deal­ers find ways to truly go fur­ther in their com­mu­ni­ties,” said Ed­sel B. Ford II, who chairs the Salute to Deal­ers awards pro­gramme, and is a mem­ber of the Ford board of di­rec­tors. “I am con­tin­u­ally amazed by the self­less ef­forts of our honorees and nom­i­nees who choose to make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives ev­ery day.”

Deal­ers give to causes that ad­dress a broad range of com­mu­nity needs – from chil­dren’s char­i­ties to the en­vi­ron­ment, from ed­u­ca­tion and health care to parks, mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices and disaster relief.

In 2016, chil­dren’s causes topped the list, with 69 per­cent of re­spond­ing deal­ers donat­ing, fol­lowed by 62 per­cent giv­ing to ed­u­ca­tion and schol­ar­ships. Fifty-six per­cent gave to vet­eran’s causes, while 46 per­cent par­tic­i­pated in ini­tia­tives fo­cused on po­lice, fire and other first re­spon­ders.

As part of the award, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany Fund is donat­ing $10,000 to a char­ity of each dealer’s choice.

A painted por­trait of each hon­ouree fea­tures a mon­tage of the phil­an­thropic and vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties that led to the award. Du­pli­cates of the por­traits will join a Salute to Deal­ers dis­play in the lobby of Ford World Head­quar­ters in Dear­born, Mich.

Of Paul Brown, the award ci­ta­tion stated: “Paul Brown is a ded­i­cated ad­vo­cate and sup­porter of Camp Qual­ity, a char­i­ta­ble ini­tia­tive that fo­cuses on im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for chil­dren liv­ing with can­cer.”

The pro­gramme pro­vides sum­mer camps and year-round ac­tiv­i­ties in a stress-free and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Pro­ceeds from his deal­er­ship’s many fundrais­ing ef­forts – over US$950,000 to date – have helped Camp Qual­ity grow its of­fer­ings and the num­ber of chil­dren they can ac­com­mo­date.

Brown also is a gen­er­ous sup­porter of the BDO Welling­ton to Auck­land Cy­cle Challenge, a seven-day, cross­coun­try event that raises money for a va­ri­ety of char­i­ta­ble causes.

Each year his deal­er­ship do­nates ve­hi­cles to the win­ners of the cor­po­rate challenge race, who in turn as­sign the ve­hi­cles to be used by se­lected char­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Can­cer So­ci­ety and Ron­ald McDon­ald House, among oth­ers.

Brown has re­cently com­pleted two terms on lo­cal school boards, spear­head­ing fundrais­ing ef­forts and donat­ing his per­sonal time to im­por­tant ed­u­ca­tional projects. Brown has un­de­ni­ably estab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion for car­ing and is a true role model for his com­mu­nity.

Other award win­ners were Ken Crow­ley, Crow­ley Ford Lin­coln, Plainville, Con­necti­cut; Natalie Tin­dol, Tin­dol Ford, Gas­to­nia, N.C; Alan Jay Wild­stein, Alan Jay Ford Lin­coln, Inc., Se­bring, Florida; Vaughn A. Wyant, Ju­bilee Ford Sales Ltd., Saska­toon, Saskatchewan, Canada; Tur­gay Mersin, Sadıko lu, Uçak, Turkey.

Paul Brown gets his award from Ed­sel Ford

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