2011 Salute to Dealers
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At first, you might be inclined to think something called Salute to Dealers is about dealerships with the best coffee and bagels in the customer waiting area. It’s not. It’s an initiative from Ford, and now in its 12th year, designed to honor Ford and Lincoln dealer principals who improve the lives of those in need while also providing outstanding products and services. Each year, as a group, they support and participate in hundreds of programs for a multitude of worthy causes.

What is your dealership up to? We want to know, because during this time of year, stories of goodwill and cheer are especially meaningful to hear. Also, if you work at a dealership, don’t forget to snag a Ford Social Dealer Badge here! Not a dealer? Grab a badge (or more than one!) that does suit you here, be it your love of Mustangs, racing, music, The Great Outdoors or choose from the many others, including one that represents the Ford you drive!

And now, here’s a look at the 2011 Salute to Dealers award-winners and their causes:

Ronnie Watkins, Ronnie Watkins Ford, Gadsden, Alabama
“I’ve supported Gadsden’s ESTEEM program from its beginning. ESTEEM rewards disadvantaged kids when they get good grades. We’re sponsoring trips to museums and amusement parks, we’re helping with their nutrition and health care, and we’re encouraging them to believe that they can achieve great things if they work hard.”

Keith Kocourek, Kocourek Ford, Wausau, Wisconsin
“My daughter accompanies me on Angel Flights. We once picked up three kids from Chicago’s inner city and flew them to a camp in Minnesota for kids who are critically ill, to give them a week of fun. We’ve flown breast milk from Minnesota to Ohio for premature babies. I have the flexibility and the resources, so I volunteer when I can.”

Paul Miller, Paul Miller Ford, Lexington, Kentucky
“We have a great city that provides countless opportunities for giving, and we’ve participated in everything from fundraising efforts for saving horses to saving lives at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. More than 40 charities in 58 years. As a Ford Dealer, we feel it’s important to be part of the fabric of our community.”

Don and Cheryl Brenengen, Brenengen Ford, Sparta, Wisconsin
“We were able to help get a Boys and Girls Club started by leading a fundraising effort and remodeling a vacated clinic building. Attendance has been about 80 youths a day and membership is over 500.”

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46 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Kevin Bradberry Glad to be here
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Evie Kesling I just want you to know that I thought the Chevy commercial for the superbowl last night was in very poor taste. Not only for their dis to Ford but making light of tragedy. I have never owned a Chevy and I never will. We have always owned Fords and will be buying another new one soon. Thank you Ford for sticking to your high standards and for not taking a bail out like GM did!
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Nick Please bring the Crown Victoria back! Please!
2 year(s) ago via
Grady Lowman I think Ford should make an Eddie Bauer Explorer again along with Eddie Bauer Taurus.
2 year(s) ago via
yonathan cummings yonathan cummings why did a tundra 5.7l smoke my f 150 5.4l really bad that i cried for weeks?
2 year(s) ago via
yonathan cummings yonathan cummings why did a tundra 5.7l smoke my f 150 5.4l really bad that i cried for weeks?
2 year(s) ago via
shellby bretschneider Keep up the great work Ford!
2 year(s) ago via
Brad Barefoot Hey Ford Crewmates ! Greeting from the Detroit Auto Show ! We have seen many great cars, all of them Ford. The new Fusion (E-Ticket Ride), the new Ford C-Max (another E-Ticket Ride), and the new Escape (yet another E-Ticket ride). To sum it all up Ford Motor Company ..... WELL DONE.
2 year(s) ago via
Susan fitzgerald I wish to convey extreme kudos to Karl the service manager at Tillamook Oregon Ford. He totally took care of me and my two daughters on December 2nd this year. We were on our way back to our home in Idaho after visiting family for Christmas when my poor Fiona (a 2001 Expedition that I love) started running REALLY rough on acceleration. He has been there for my family on many other occasions so my mom called and asked for him right away. He told my mom, "send her right over, we'll take care of her" and in we went. He got the diagnosis done right away and set one of the able mechanics to work. In short, we were back in Idaho by 8 pm that night and all thanks to him and his trusty mechanics. Thank you so much Karl and all who participated. You Rock!! ~ Susan Fitzgerald
2 year(s) ago via
Trevor McKirgan What like Visteon UK pensioners
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
JUANITA ROYE My dealership Pat Milliken Ford is awesome and my sales person Shauntice Richmond is awesome also!! I really LOVE MY 2007 EDDIE BAUER EXPLORER!! My hands are already itching to buy a new FORD!! I would buy one over and over again!! : )
2 year(s) ago via
Yvonne Simmons-Sims I have put my comments about 2011 Salute to Dealers in the Social comment section, hopefully it was posted, so you may know what goes on in some of your dealerships.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mathias Baumann I really like your site...
2 year(s) ago via
Dustin Helland Dario, the Milan was built on the SAME assembly line as the Fusion. And being a former employee of Pasha Automotive. We recieved Many Enterprise Rental vehicles from Hawaii. Fusions and Milans included. Interior, Engine and body are essentially the Same. Fusions seemed to not like to start, even with a New battery. The Transmissions would go out of them early on. My friend had a2011 Fusion and she had a blown tranny within' 4k miles and the electrical system wouldnt work right. She sold it for a 2011 Ranger to which I helped her get.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Darío Petrollini No Dustin, the Milan it´s better.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jerry Fisk The problem with america is the dumbasses like curtis
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
William White I didn't expect to see 5 updates from Ford per day. Too many.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dustin Helland The Milan is the same thing as the Fusion
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Darío Petrollini The Milan is better than the Fusion.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sue Arscott Love love love my 2008 Ranger!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Curtis Womack the Fusion is made in Mexico and built in Canada! SCREW FORD. WHATS WRONG WITH AMERICA?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Irma Petersen I really like how century Ford of Mount Airy MD is involved in the Comunity, that was one of the reasons I went to them when we needed a reliable car and the way I was treated made me feel great, no preassure no hassle, by the time my husband came back from work I had done all the legwork and testdriving was done.He was very pleased. I will buy a Ford again from them without even second guessing, Irma Petersen
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Karak Holgerson Tubbs & Sons of Colby, KS.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brad Barefoot Hey Ford ! I had my wife's Escape in for routine maintenance last week and I spoke with the service manager. He thanked me for the good report from the survey from Ford service. Here is what I wrote in the comment column ......... Good Service + Good Sales Staff = Great Dealership. High marks and regards for Dunn/Benson Ford, my dealership.
2 year(s) ago via
Lloyd Watt Ford the one and only. Car salesman are all the same
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tommy Curran Best dealer? I'd say Herb Chambers Ford, Braintree, Mass. Worst dealer(s)? That would be a tie between Quirk Ford in Quincy, Mass and Muzi Motors in Needham, Mass.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robin Libbey Dont listen to the LIARS, Ford Rangers are the best trucks produced.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Darío Petrollini Put Mercury in the Market again and kill Lincoln. Mercury sold more cars than Lincoln in 2009, 2010 and 2011!. Bad strategy Ford. Please put Mercury again in 2013!!.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John McPherson You can Salute you Dealership in Yuma Az Bill Alexander Ford this Dealership has been helping me for year sences 1989, they are also a Blue Oval Dealership which i think is well deserved THANK YOU FORD
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alex Zambrano Your Damm daelers wouldn't come down $500.00 and then a week latter on TV it $600.00 lower. I guess that why I didn't add another truck this year.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alex Zambrano Your Dealers suck!!!!
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Tony Basso they didnt help me...
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Darío Petrollini I want Mercury again in 2013. Please!.
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Barbara Beyer Yea Varsity Ford in Ypsilanti, MI and Saleman Dan Divens.... Good Deals all the time. Right off of I 94. ASK for Good 'ole' Dan. He's been there for years.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Barry Hudson Come see me at Metro Ford in Independence, MO for the best vehicle buying service that you will ever experience
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Mike West Great service at Jerseyville, Illinois. At least ford didn't take the buyout.
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James Trentham I have a 67 mustang coupe a 95mustang gt 5.0 n a 98 mustang gt 4.6 with 5 speed a ford 150 truck a ford bronco n a 1968 ford glaxy custom 500 i got to be a ford man u thank
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Donald Young I love the service I get at Darlings in Bangor,Maine. Great service and the Women and Wheels party was just the best. I have a 2002 yellow Mustang and a 2011 Ford Plantium F-150. Go Ford. Janice
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Eveline Luppi Best Ford Dealer, Tasca Ford, Rhode Island.
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Mick McCarthy i.love.my.mk2.R.S.1800.your .friend mick.mk2.
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Dan Boura thats the way its supose to be ford the only one
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Higinio Caballero Gimenez FUERZA !!!!
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Jim Hatton 2012 race red mustang! The only real muscle car left besides the corvette!
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Edis Yumandra Ok
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Diana Sprouse I love my Ford Fiesta. It's bright yellow.
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Carl Warmington Awarding your dealers for these issues is a good thing, but may I suggest that Ford award dealers whom actually serve the (Fords) customers, and that Ford award themselves for serving your dealers :-)
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