Ford Donates $500,000 to the Smithsonian

Chaparral Ford in Devine, TX is releasing the details of Ford’s $500,000 donation to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Online PR News – 30-March-2013 – Devine, TX – The Ford Motor Company Fund recently announced that it had made a $500,000 donation to the National Museum of American History to fund a program to inspire youth to invent and create new things. Chaparral Ford in Devine, TX is proud to be part of a company dedicated to motivating the future of America to reach new heights. Ford offers additional information in its press release that can be found online, at
Ford’s donation is going specifically to the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, where they will be used to expand the Center’s Spark!Lab. The Spark!Lab was created to challenge kids to create, collaborate and invent. The donation continues Ford’s commitment to further innovation and honor arguably the greatest innovator ever; Ford’s founder Henry Ford.
“My great-grandfather Henry Ford knew as well as anyone how truly rewarding the invention process can be,” said Edsel B. Ford II, who is a board member of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. “Ford is proud to support programs like Spark!Lab, which encourages kids to use and condition their creative minds so they can become the next generation of great American innovators.”
This year will mark Henry Ford’s 150th birthday and the Spark!Lab is something Ford believes he would be proud to be a part of. Henry Ford’s goal to be at the forefront of automotive technology is an ideal that has pushed the Michigan automaker throughout its history, and the Spark!Lab is yet another example of that objective.
“Innovation has been central to Ford’s philosophy and mission,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Ford Fund is pleased to lend our support to this worthwhile program, which truly embodies the spirit of innovation championed by Henry Ford and the company he built.”
Customers interested in learning more about Ford’s commitment to innovation can visit Chaparral Ford in Devine, TX for more information. The Texas dealer also offers purchasing information for Ford vehicles online, at, to those interested.
About Chaparral Ford
Chaparral Ford is a local Ford dealer located in Devine, TX. The Texas dealer offers an extensive inventory of Ford trucks, SUVs and cars. Chaparral Ford’s website,, allows customers to conveniently navigate from purchasing information to their certified service department. Chaparral Ford works with a vast array of lending services to offer the best financing package available.
Chaparral Ford is located at:
102 County Rd. 773
Devine, TX 78016
(866) 276-5602