Motorcraft, Tasca - JDRF fundraiser summary

Fundraising for Tasca's JDRF-themed funny car raises $84,542 for type 1 diabetes research * The Motorcraft and Quick Lane-sponsored car design contest to help raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, received 307...

Fundraising for Tasca's JDRF-themed funny car raises $84,542 for type 1 diabetes research

* The Motorcraft and Quick Lane-sponsored car design contest to help raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, received 307 entries from 42 JDRF chapters to help raise $84,542 for research for type 1 diabetes.

* The top six designs have been submitted to the Ford judging table for final selection

* Winning design to be revealed Aug. 28 in downtown Indianapolis prior to the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 5, 2008 -- The votes are in, and after five weeks of online voting for the JDRF-themed design that will appear on Bob Tasca III's Shelby Mustang Funny Car during the NHRA U.S Nationals, a total of $84,542 was raised for research for type 1 diabetes.

Over 300 designs were submitted for the online contest, and the top six donation-earning designs have been submitted to the Ford judging table for final selection. The winning design will be unveiled on Tasca's race car in downtown Indianapolis on August 28.

"The goal of this design contest was to help raise awareness for JDRF, and with over $84,000 in donations from people from all across the country, I think we accomplished that goal," said Al Giombetti, Ford Customer Service Division executive director. "We're very excited to have one of the top six designs on our car during the U.S. Nationals in Indy, and look forward to continuing our partnership with JDRF."

The online fundraising contest, sponsored by Motorcraft and Quick Lane, was put into place to help raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research worldwide.

"We are very excited at how much support was shown from within JDRF and for JDRF from people all across the country through the online car design contest," said Gina Roche-Kelly, senior account manager, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Ford Global Walk Team. "We're very grateful to the Motorcraft and Quick Lane employees at Ford for helping get us closer to our goal of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes."

The winning designer will participate in the unveiling of their car in Indianapolis, prior to the running of the U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend. The winner will also spend time with the Tasca racing team at the track, and see their car design run during qualifications for the race.

Top Six Designers:

Samuel Millard: Age 6, raised $6,801: Grea Dallas Chapter

Steven Klingbiel: Age 10, raised $6,220: Metro Detroit Chapter

Kevin Mewhinney: Age 10, raised $5,780: Northeast Ohio Chapter

Allie Puntel: Age 15, raised $5,643: Northeast Ohio Chapter

Alex Nolan: Age 13, Raised 5,595: Charlotte Chapter

Riley Wayland: Age 12, raised $5,395: Grea Dallas Chap ter

To view the top six designs and the rest of the JDRF car designs, please visit www.jdrf.org/ford.

About Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease, which strikes children suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.16 billion to diabetes research, including more than $137 million in FY2007. In FY2007, the Foundation funded 700 centers, grants and fellowships in 20 countries. See www.jdrf.org

-credit: motorcraft/ford racing

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