Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn is donating a custom 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 adorned in one-of-a-kind Venom paint to JDRF that in turn will raffle it off to raise funds for Type 1 diabetes research.
The unique JDRF Mustang Shelby GT500 is a stealthy charcoal color with black painted over-the-top racing stripes. It has the Ford Performance Carbon Fiber Track Package, including exposed carbon fiber wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, rear seat-delete, Recaro leather-trimmed seats, and a Mustang GT4 track wing.
“Building on the excitement around GT500 is a terrific way to help JDRF fund research and help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes,” says Dave Pericak, director of enterprise product line management for Ford. “Not only does this raffle provide an opportunity to win the most powerful production Ford ever, it also speaks to how Ford strives to make people’s lives better.”
Ford joined forces with suppliers Protean and Penske Vehicle Services to create this custom-colored Mustang.
The automaker and JDRF are hoping to sell 75,000 raffle tickets during this annual fundraiser. Ford has been donating vehicles to the New York-based charity for its raffle fund-raiser for nearly a decade. JDRF is an international leader in Type 1 diabetes research funding, programming, and awareness.
The first-place raffle winner takes home the Venom Shelby GT500. The second-place winner will receive an all-inclusive VIP race experience for two to the 2020 Daytona 500.
Tickets can be purchased online here for $10 each. The drawing will take place Nov. 14 at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn. The winner need not be present to win.
Ford also announced that it is continuing its partnership with the Dallas-based Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization. Beginning its 25th year together, Ford is an official transportation solution for Komen and the patients it supports through its Ford Warriors in Pink program.
The program will work with GoRide Health to provide transportation services through Dec. 31 to breast cancer patients who are faced with challenges in getting to their treatment appointments as lack of transportation can be a significant barrier to care for many patients.
In addition to becoming an official transportation solution for Komen, Ford Warriors in Pink will be investing $300,000 in Komen’s Treatment Assistance Program, with individual grants benefiting more than 600 breast cancer patients nationwide who need assistance with transportation.
Over the past quarter century, Ford has contributed more than $137 million to the fight against breast cancer, supporting groups like Komen who work to save lives through research and provide real-time support.