NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ford Motor Company Fund is teaming up with country music singer Drake White on a series of community service events in five key markets across the U.S.
Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, will host the community projects with White, who’s new single “Livin’ the Dream” is currently in the top 30 of the Country Music charts. The projects will be in cities that coincide with White’s performances on the Zac Brown Band’s “Black Out the Sun” Tour. Ford dealers are assisting with vehicle transportation in the individual cities.
The dates and locations are:
- May 19, 2016 - Foodshare, Hartford, CT
- June 4, 2016 - American Red Cross, Los Angeles, CA
- July 2, 2016 - Habitat for Humanity, Detroit, MI
- August 14, 2016 - Ford Driving Skills for Life, Dallas, TX
- August 20, 2016 - Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston, MA
Ford Fund and White — a Ford truck owner — organized the tour after discovering a shared interest in community service.
“Ford, country music and community service have a long, rich history, dating back to Henry Ford, a big music fan and believer in making the world a better place,” said Yisel Cabrera, community relations manager, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We are excited to join with Drake in fighting hunger, disaster relief, promoting safe driving and building stronger communities.”
White has previously worked with Outnumber Hunger and Feeding America through their partnership with Big Machine Label Group. “Even before I had a public voice, giving back to the community has always been very important to me,” said White. “I used to volunteer in my hometown in Alabama and now that I have this platform it is more important to me than ever.”
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions and impaired driving. Innovation in education is encouraged through Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Next Generation Learning and other innovative programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities and improve people’s lives in more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.
About Drake White
Named one of the Huffington Post’s Top Country Artists to Watch in 2016, DRAKE WHITE is an accomplished songwriter with a rock-infused, organic country sound and signature foot-stomp. He continues to stun crowds with his incredible live show and soulful voice. Backed by his band The Big Fire, Drake has previously toured with Superstars including Willie Nelson, Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Toby Keith and more. It is no wonder that the Alabama native was featured in Rolling Stone’s 10 Country Artists You Need To Know and Billboard’s Hot New Country Artists to Watch. Drake’s current single “Livin’ the Dream” is both heartfelt and humbling with a wholesome lyric video to match. The single is the follow up to his first EP, the four-track IT FEELS GOOD – LIVE EP, which is now available on iTunes. He is also featured on the new album OPRY 9.0, VOL 1: DISCOVERIES FROM THE CIRCLE from the Grand Ole Opry which spotlights the country music careers destined to propel the show toward the century mark. Drake is currently working on his debut album for Dot Records slated for release in 2016 and will hit the road again soon with Zac Brown Band. For the latest updates, visit DrakeWhite.com.
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