Ford Announces Greater Houston Area Winners of the Ford Freedom Unsung “Heroes of Harvey” Awards

ABOVE: Ford Freedom Unsung “Heroes of Harvey” Honoree Trae Tha Truth of the ‘Relief Gang’ with Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Ford Motor Company Fund Director of Community Development Pamela Alexander

This past Monday, February 12, Ford Motor Company recognized the winners of the Ford Freedom Unsung “Heroes of Harvey” Awards, which celebrated several individuals for the significant contributions and outstanding achievements made in the Greater Houston community during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The special reception in their honor was held at the Bell Tower in Houston, where Uncle Larry Jones, veteran air personality at MAJIC 102.1, served as the master of ceremonies of the event..

“In the face of tremendous difficulty, Houstonians came together to support each other and their community,” said Pamela Alexander, director of Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We congratulate the winners and are proud to honor their selfless acts.”

Ford brought its national program to the Greater Houston Area as part of its ongoing commitment to honor distinguished Americans who dedicate their lives to improving their communities and the world. Made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Freedom Unsung salutes and honors individuals who went above and beyond to support the community during this difficult time. Residents of the Greater Houston area were invited to nominate unsung heroes who demonstrated heroic deeds during the relief efforts.

The 2018 Ford Freedom Unsung “Heroes of Harvey” Award recipients are: Alexandra Bowman, Patrick Britton, Carl Butler Jr., Ashaia Clark, Marian Dever, James Dixon, II, Keith Downey, Taranieshia Grigsby, Houston Hands, The Street Kings, Hilton Koch, Jerome Love, Kay Matthews, Marsha McCray, Terence Narcisse, Alma Ogletree, Nikishia Price, Bobby Rouse, Thelma Scott, Donald Specht, Marguerite Stewart, Eric and Kathy Stone, Chrystopher Terry, The Relief Gang, Megan Turner, James & Shannon Vultaggio and Corey & Maritza Woodard.

Houston is one of 26 markets in the United States and Puerto Rico where Ford and its dealers have expanded their commitment to meet community needs by collaborating on programs and nonprofit outreach. The initiative, known as Operation Better World, was launched in 2008.

Ford Motor Company supports programs that make a positive difference in the neighborhoods and communities where the company does business.

Other initiatives that have taken place in the Greater Houston area include:

  • Ford Dealers, Ford Motor Company and Ford Fund have committed more than $3.5 million in Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts
  • Ford Driving Dreams (FDD) program has donated 10,000 books to 10,000 children in need in partnership with First Book, and provided more than $100,000 in scholarships to 50 high school students. FDD award ceremony hosted in partnership with Ford Region and Dealers at the NASA Space Center
  • Last April, Ford Fund hosted its Driving Skills for Life program with more than 227 teens with 226 parents participating

Overall, Ford has invested more than 25 million in community building initiatives since 2000 in the state of Texas.

The Forward Times congratulates all of the 2018 Ford Freedom Unsung “Heroes of Harvey” Award recipients.

2018 Ford Freedom Unsung “Heroes of Harvey” Honorees and Supporters