The tradition of test driving new Ford vehicles continues but the program has a new name – the Ford Demolition – due to fender benders and an unauthorized road trip to Avila Beach “to test freeway handling.”
Over 200 Ford Dimension alumni gather for a dinner to thank Jim Burke for his contribution to education. As a tribute to him they establish the Jim Burke Education Foundation along with a $10,000 donation. The purpose of the Foundation is to continue the spirit of Mr. Burke’s generosity by contributing to the educational support of others in our community.
The Education Foundation launches its signature student leadership program—Dream Builders, history in the making! 284 students have participated in the program creating over 49 significant community projects.
Ford Motor Company’s 2018 Salute to Dealers program recognizes six extraordinary Dealer Principals for their remarkable dedication to giving back and volunteering in their communities. These honorees have been selected from a field of thousands of dealers across the globe. Ford salutes all of its compassionate dealers for their generosity and goodwill especially Dan Hay, one of this year’s six honorees of the Salute To Dealers Award.
The Foundation’s goal is to create servant leaders who will not only change the world, but come back and enrich the Bakersfield community. Alumni Ulysis Baael ( ‘15) did just that by creating Relief Shoppers project.