Ford Freedom Unsung Hero Awards in Southern California
Ford Motor Company announced the winners of the Ford Freedom Unsung Award at a special reception at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. Award-winning actress KeKe Palmer, known for her commitment to bullying prevention and other youth issues, served as the program’s youth ambassador and was on hand to celebrate the achievement of all the honorees. Kevin Frazier was the event host and musical guest performer was Sheryl Lee Ralph. Twenty winners were selected from more than 130 nominees. Made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford Freedom Unsung salutes individuals and organizations that have positively impacted communities with achievements that inform and inspire others.
“This program shines a spotlight on those who go above and beyond to positively impact communities, but are often not recognized for what they do,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Whether it is a mother who tutors children, a brother who sacrificed years serving his country, a neighbor who leads a nonprofit organization or a father who has dedicated his life to serving the homeless, unsung heroes surround us every day and look for nothing in return.”
Ford is bringing its national program to Southern California as part of its ongoing commitment to honor distinguished Americans who dedicate their lives to improving their communities and the world. Awards are given in five categories: Community, Education, Military, Youth and Organization.
The 2013 Ford Freedom Unsung-Southern California awards were given to:
Community-Wilfred Coggins, Rita Hall, Sherri Pegues, Areva Martin, William Allen Young. Education-Angela M. Evans, Haywood Galbreath, Darlene Jernigan, E.Elaine Moore,Derek Richardson. Military-Patricia Jackson Kelley,Ivan Mason. Youth-Justice Reigns Ferguson, Shauniece Frazier, Carey Poindexter. Organization-Gang Alternatives Program, Jenesse Center Inc., New Directions For Veterans, A New Way of Life Reentry Project and Starting Over Inc.
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