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DEALER ADVISORY GROUP

Preserving our past, for our future ...

Dear Ford/Lincoln Dealer,

In today's business climate, you would probably agree that the word "entrepreneur" defines us more than ever. We have been faced with struggles and challenges on all fronts, and yet somehow we persevere and prevail.

That essence is the reason we write today. Henry Ford was a larger than life example of an entrepreneur facing the same kinds of struggles and challenges which we face today. His determination has left over a century of followers who work to carry on his legacy in their own business. Those followers are you and me.

Following the passing of Clara and Henry Ford in 1950 and 1947, respectively, the estate changed hands a couple of times. From 1956 to 2013, the University of Michigan - Dearborn held the property, running a restaurant and using it for events and meetings. In 2013, the estate was transferred into a new 501c3 with the purpose to restore, reimagine, and reopen the estate to the public.

In light of this, when it came to our attention that the final home of Clara and Henry Ford was closed for restoration to become a living testament to entrepreneurs, we decided that we as dealers - those who maintain his legacy - had a duty to help the effort. That's where you come in.

We convened the Dealer Advisory Group (DAG) with the goal to involve as many Ford/Lincoln dealers across North America as possible. Below you will find some more information on how you can get involved with the project and who has joined us so far.

Sincerely yours,

DAG Chairman
Sam Pack, Pack Auto Group, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

DAG Members
Gary Ackerman, Gaudin Motor Company, Henderson, NV
Cathy Anderson, Woody Anderson Ford, Huntsville, AL
Jay Cimino, Phil Long Ford, Colorado Springs, CO
Cam Clark, Cam Clark Ford, Olds, Alberta
Kevin Collins and Bill Collins, Ford Lincoln, Louisville, KY
Steve Ewing, Wade Ford, Smyrna, GA
Charlie Gilchrist, Southwest Ford, Weatherford, TX
Dan Hay, Jim Burke Ford, Bakersfield, CA
Junie Michael, Parkway Ford, Winston-Salem, NC
Gregg Middlekauff, Middlekauff Ford, North Twin Falls, ID
Rhett Ricart, Ricart Automotive, Groveport, OH
James Seavitt, Village Ford, Dearborn, MI
Collin Sewell, Sewell Ford, Odessa, TX
Mike Stollery, Barrie Ford, Barrie, Ontario

To make your commitment to the campaign, click on the form to the right to download it.

You may either email it to bglass@fordhouse.org, or send it by mail to Henry Ford Estate, 1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236, attn. Brent Glass.

Henry Ford and the 10 Millionth Model T

GOALS

In 2015, recognizing their uniquely close connection to the man who put the world on wheels, dealers from across the United States and Canada came together to establish the Dealer Advisory Group (DAG) to advise and guide the Campaign for Fair Lane. Sam Pack, of Dallas-Fort Worth, Elena Ford, and Edsel B. Ford II co-chair the initiative.

As one should expect from the industriousness of Ford dealers, the DAG set for itself an ambitious $3.5 million fundraising goal toward the ultimate Phase I goal of $25 million.

To date, dealers from across the U.S. and Canada have donated just over $2 million to Fair Lane.

Your contributions:

- Address all life-safety and structural failure issues of Estate
- Restore 12 core rooms of the home, the gardens, and the Powerhouse
- Develop interactive programming that educates and inspires visitors through the legacy of Clara and Henry
- Establish an endowment to ensure self-sufficiency going forward

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Donor Wall

Participating dealers will receive special recognition on Fair Lane’s donor wall. Below is a rendering of the proposed dealer donor wall. The wall will also serve as the welcome sign for the estate, guaranteeing maximum visibility and impact for donors.

The wall will be comprised of limestone, one of the preferred materials used by renowned landscape architect, Jens Jensen, who designed the grounds of Fair Lane. The donor recognition plates will be comprised of rusted steel, bringing in Henry's role in industrialization. From above, the donor wall is shaped like the fender of the Model T. Taken together this structure will embody the spirit of those who contributed to Fair Lane’s unique character.

Initial plans suggest the wall will be ready by October 2017, with a proposed dealer appreciation event to be held in Spring 2018.

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Levels of Giving

The Fair Lane Society
$5,000 - $9,999
RECOGNITION ON DONOR WALL (ONE LINE)

The Model A Society
$10,000 - $24,999
RECOGNITION ON DONOR WALL (TWO LINES)
FRAMED PHOTO AND LETTER FROM EDSEL B. FORD II

The Model T Society
$25,000 - $49,999
RECOGNITION ON DONOR WALL (THREE LINES)
FRAMED PHOTO AND LETTER FROM EDSEL B. FORD II

The Sweepstakes Society
$50,000 - $99,999
RECOGNITION ON DONOR WALL (FOUR LINES)
FRAMED PHOTO AND LETTER FROM EDSEL B. FORD II

The Quadricycle Society
$100,000 and above
RECOGNITION ON DONOR WALL (SIX LINES)
FRAMED PHOTO AND LETTER FROM EDSEL B. FORD II

Get Involved

To discover how you can help achieve the mission and vision of Fair Lane, please contact the development staff:

Matthew Wawro, Vice President of Philanthropic Initiatives
(313) 453-2033
mwawro@fordhouse.org

Brent Glass, Development Associate
(313) 692-4108
bglass@fordhouse.org

To make your commitment to the campaign, you may download a form (click here). Either email it the Henry Ford Estate c/o bglass@fordhouse.org, or send it by mail to the Fair Lane Campaign, c/o Henry Ford Estate, 1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236.

DOnors

ALBERTA, CANADA

Cam Clark Ford, Airdrie, AB

Jim Hansen's Gateway Ford Lincoln Sales, Grande Prairie, AB

Advantage Ford Sales, Calgary, AB

Woodridge Ford Lincoln, Calgary, AB

ALABAMA

Woody Anderson Ford, Huntsville, AL

Long-Lewis Ford, Muscle Shoals, AL

Buster Miles Ford, Heflin, AL

AUSTRALIA

Peter Warren Ford, NSW

CALIFORNIA

Burke Automotive Group, Bakersfield, CA

Future Ford Lincoln, Roseville, CA

Kearny Pearson Ford, San Diego, CA

Hansel Ford Lincoln, Petaluma, CA

Ken Grody Ford, Buena Park, CA

Simi Valley Ford, Camarillo, CA

South Bay Ford Lincoln, Hawthorne, CA

Lake Elsinore Ford, Lake Elsinore, CA

Santa Margarita Ford, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

COLORADO

Phil Long Ford Lincoln, Colorado Springs, CO

FLORIDA

Brandon Ford, Tampa, FL

Parks Motor Group, Longwood, FL

GEORGIA

Wade Ford, Smyrna, GA

Hennessy Ford Lincoln, Atlanta, GA

Courtesy Ford, Conyers, GA

J.C. Lewis Ford, Savannah, GA

IDAHO

Middlekauff Ford Lincoln, North Twin Falls, ID

Kendall Ford of Meridian, ID

KENTUCKY

Alton Blakely Ford, Somerset, KY

Bill Collins Ford Lincoln, Louisville, KY

Byerly Ford, Louisville, KY

Hays Automotive Supervision, Inc., Louisville, KY

MANITOBA, CANADA

Kelleher Ford Sales, Brandon, Manitoba

MARYLAND

Preston Automotive Group, Preston, MD

MICHIGAN

Dorian Ford, Clinton Charter Township, MI

Jack Demmer Lincoln, Dearborn, MI

North Brothers Ford, Westland, MI

Village Ford, Dearborn, MI

MISSISSIPPI

Watson Quality Ford, Jackson, MS

MONTANA

Archie Cochrane Motors, Billings, MT

NEW ZEALAND

Fairview Motors, Fairview, NZ

NORTH CAROLINA

Crescent Ford, High Point, NC

Crossroads Automotive Group, Henderson, NC

Cloninger Ford of Hickory, NC

Green Ford Lincoln, Greensboro, NC

Hilbish Motor, Kannapolis, NC

Lee Motor Company, Wilson, NC

Leith Ford, Wendell, NC

Parkway Ford, Winston-Salem, NC

Capital Ford, Raleigh, NC

Lafayette Ford Lincoln, Fayetteville, NC

Sanders Ford, Jacksonville, NC

Ken Wilson Ford, Canton, NC

Parkway Ford Lincoln, Winston-Salem, NC

Mooresville Ford, Mooresville, NC

NEW MEXICO

Richardson Ford, Albuquerque, NM

NEVADA

Gaudin Motor Company, Henderson, NV

Friendly Ford, Las Vegas, NV

OHIO

Bob-Boyd Ford, Lancaster, OH

Pallotta Ford Lincoln, Wooster, OH

Ricart Ford, Columbus, OH

Kings Ford, Inc., Maineville, OH

Nourse Chillicothe Ford Lincoln, Chillicothe, OH

OKLAHOMA

Cooper Auto Group, Oklahoma City, OK

Bill Knight Ford, Tulsa, OK

ONTARIO, CANADA

Dixie Ford Sales, Mississauga, ON

Donnelly Ford Lincoln, Ottawa, ON

Eastgate Ford Sales, Hamilton, ON

Barrie Ford, Barrie, ON

QUEBEC, CANADA

Le Circuit Ford, Montreal, QC

RHODE ISLAND

Tasca Automotive Group, Cranston, RI

SOUTH CAROLINA

Vic Bailey Ford Lincoln, Spartanburg, SC

Jim Hudson Ford, Lexington, SC

Conway Ford, Conway, SC

Mike Reichenbach Ford Lincoln, Florence, SC

Jones Ford, North Charleston, SC

Palmetto Ford Lincoln, Charleston, SC

TEXAS

All Star Ford, Palestine, TX

Covert Ford, Austin, TX

Jordan Ford, San Antonio, TX

SouthWest Auto Group, Weatherford, TX

Bluebonnet Motors, New Braunfels, TX

Pack Auto Group, Carrollton, TX

McCombs Ford, San Antonio, TX

Wichita Falls Ford Lincoln, Wichita Falls, TX

Sewell Ford Lincoln, Odessa, TX

Bob Tomes Ford, McKinney, TX

Bill Utter Ford, Argyle, TX

Bob Utter Ford Lincoln, Sherman, TX

Bayway Lincoln, Houston, TX

Smith South Plains Ford, Levelland, TX

VIRGINIA

Beach Ford, Virginia Beach, VA

WASHINGTON

Vancouver Ford, Vancouver, WA

Wendle Ford Sales, Spokane, WA