Monday, February 15, 2010

Taurus Top Ten Competition Announces Winner During NBA All Star Weekend

Ford Motor Company’s Earl Lucas, Magic Johnson, Grand Prize Winner Johnny Deas, Alonzo Mourning, Ford Motor Company's Bennie Fowler and Radio Personality Tom Joyner at Ford's Taurus Top Ten check presentation during the 5th Annual Zo & Magic’s 8-Ball Challenge, sponsored by Ford Motor Company in Dallas, TX, February 11, 2010.
Ford Announced Honor During NBA All Star Weekend Activities
Last fall, Ford Motor Company launched the "Taurus Top Ten" competition, to highlight individuals who are not only on top in their respective fields, but who also make a difference in the communities around them. Out of ten finalists, one was crowned The Top Performer in America in front of a crowd that included Magic Johnson, Alonzo Mourning and Tom Joyner. Via Ford:

DALLAS, TX., February 12, 2010 – After several months of searching for The Top Performer in America, Ford's "Taurus Top Ten" online competition announced that Johnny Deas of Lewisville, TX has been named the Grand Prize Winner. Ford made the announcement at the 5th Annual Zo & Magic’s 8-Ball Challenge, a fundraising event hosted by NBA legends Alonzo Mourning and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Just as the 2010 Taurus has ten class-exclusive features that make it a top-performing vehicle in the market, Ford chose ten outstanding individuals who are top performers in the fields of philanthropy, business, entertainment and sports whose actions are making positive impacts in the world around them. A former Marine, Deas founded Great Ideas Edutainment Foundation – a non-profit using entertainment to teach financial literacy and life skills in urban communities. Deas' leadership and dedication to his community made him standout and ultimately led to him winning.

Magic Johnson, Ford Motor Company’s Bennie Fowler, Tom Joyner, Ford Motor Company’s Earl Lucas and Alonzo Mourning

As Grand Prize Winner, Deas will receive an all-new 2010 Ford Taurus and a $10,000 donation to a charitable organization of his choice. In addition, all nine finalists will receive $2,500 to be donated to a charitable organization of their choice in addition to an NBA All-Star weekend experience.

“It was great to be in Dallas, and to be back here to play a role in honoring some of the outstanding individuals in the community,” said Earl Lucas, Lead Exterior Designer of the 2010 Ford Taurus. “At Ford, giving back to the community isn't an afterthought. It's something that we are committed to and have been since the very beginning. To be able to shine a spotlight on individuals that are not only on top in their respective fields, but who also make a difference in the communities around them during one of the biggest events of the weekend was phenomenal. Each and every one of them are unsung heroes,” said Lucas.

The 2010 Ford Taurus, which was recently named "Urban Car of the Year," offers an unprecedented array of technologies typically reserved for luxury cars at a price that is affordable. Its impressive standard and available technologies add convenience, connectivity, safety and value for customers. These include Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning with Brake Support, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Cross Traffic Alert, MyKey™ parental programmability, Ford SYNC® and Voice-Activated Navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link™. Photo credit: Picture Group

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