Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Announces Ford Motor Company as Automobile Sponsor for 38th Annual Gracie Awards

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Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is pleased to announce longtime supporter Ford Motor Company as the official automobile sponsor of the 38th Annual Gracie Awards which will take place on May 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. At the gala, Lincoln Motor Company will display the new 2013 Lincoln MKZ, the brand’s recent addition to the midsize luxury segment.

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The Gracie Awards (also known as “the Gracies”) recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable and new media.

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is pleased to announce longtime supporter Ford Motor Company as the official automobile sponsor of the 38th Annual Gracie Awards. The 38th Annual Gracie Awards Gala will take place on May 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. At the gala, Lincoln Motor Company will display the new 2013 Lincoln MKZ, the brand’s recent addition to the midsize luxury segment. The new MKZ represents the future of Lincoln Motor Company in both style and substance.

The Gracie Awards (also known as “the Gracies”) recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable and new media. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multi-faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.

“The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and Ford have a long history of partnering to provide vital programming, including the Empowering America® education series and Emerging Voices scholarship program,” said AWMF president Erin M. Fuller. “We are happy to welcome Ford to the Gracies as our automobile sponsor this year.”

“Ford is honored to be the exclusive automobile sponsor of the 38th Annual Gracie Awards,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Fund and Community Service. “As a longtime supporter of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, we are delighted to expand our dedication to this tremendous organization through our Ford Motor Companylong Fund. It is also our pleasure to introduce awards attendees to our new 2013 MKZ.”

The Gracies are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Alliance for Women in Media that supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honors programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary and sports.

For more information about the 2013 Gracies, please visit http://www.thegracies.org. For the most up-to-date, insider information, follow the Gracie Awards on Twitter @thegracies.

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About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1961 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.

About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services: Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and dealers work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit http://www.community.ford.com

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