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Help Haiti: How You Can Contribute to Disaster Relief Efforts
Ford's Comeback Makes Mulally a Star at Detroit Show
Chrysler Returns to Super Bowl to Advertise Dodge
Committed to Community: Detroit Auto Dealers, Local Charities Sell 8,000 Tickets to Charity Preview
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Help Haiti: How You Can Contribute to Disaster Relief Efforts

The U.S. Department of State has issued guidelines for those who want to help with disaster relief for Haiti following the most powerful earthquake ever recorded on the island. Much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, has been devastated. Media reports say the death toll could reach 100,000. 

As many as 45,000 Americans were on the island when the earthquake struck. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince is still in the early stages of contacting American citizens through their warden network. Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time. For Americans seeking information about loved ones in Haiti, the State Department Operations Center has set up the number (888) 407-4747. E-mail inquiries to Haiti-Earthquake@state.gov.

Governments around the world are joining the relief effort, but according to the State Department, "a disaster of this magnitude requires everybody’s help. Including yours."

To help, simply text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. Or you can go online to organizations like the Red Cross and Mercy Corps to make a contribution to the disaster relief efforts.

How To Help: Center for International Disaster Information | InterAction | Mercy Corps | Red Cross
Source: NADA Newswire / U.S. Department of State

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Ford's Comeback Makes Mulally a Star at Detroit Show

Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally, whose company gained market share in the U.S. last year while his domestic rivals went bankrupt, is the toast of the North American International Auto Show this week. Ford swept the show’s awards for car and truck of the year and unveiled the Focus compact. The car, which Mulally plans to sell worldwide, attracted throngs of media and auto executives. “We’re not talking about just surviving,” Mulally said during a Jan. 11 filet mignon dinner with reporters at the MGM Grand Detroit casino. “I came to Ford to help turn around a global and American icon.”
Source: Bloomberg

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Chrysler Returns to Super Bowl to Advertise Dodge

DETROIT — Chrysler is advertising during the Super Bowl for the first time since 2004. The automaker will showcase its Dodge brand in a 60-second ad in the first half of the world's most expensive advertising showcase on Feb. 7. Chrysler spokeswoman Dianna Gutierrez says the company wants to let Americans know it has emerged from bankruptcy protection.
Source: The Associated Press

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Committed to Community: Detroit Auto Dealers, Local Charities Sell 8,000 Tickets to Charity Preview

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association and 12 local charities have sold 8,000 tickets to the Charity Preview of the North American International Auto Show which takes place Friday night. That’s about 25 percent or 1,500 tickets ahead of the number sold by this point in 2009, said Sam Locricchio, president of John Bailey & Associates Inc., speaking on behalf of the DADA. “We’re still aiming for 9,000 this year as our goal,” he said. Last year’s Charity Preview raised $2.7 million. For more information on Charity Preview tickets, visit www.charitypreview.com.
Source: Crain's Detroit Business

Editor's note: If you have a story about involvement in your community, send it to publicaffairs@nada.org.

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"We're not talking about just surviving. I came to Ford to help turn around a global and American icon."

   
-- Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Co. CEO, Bloomberg, Jan. 14
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Pre-Registration Deadline Extended to Jan. 27

To provide dealers and their managers with more time to sign up for the convention, the pre-registration deadline — which includes a $50-$75 cost savings — has been extended to Wednesday, Jan. 27. If you have not yet registered, now is the time. Click here to r
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