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News Community Local dealership donates to autism organization

Larry Hinton, general manager for Andy Shaw Ford, presents a $1,000 check to Norman West, president of Full Spectrum Farm’s board of directors.On the evening of Nov. 15, Andy Shaw Ford in partnership with Ford Motor Company and local charity, Full Spectrum Farms, hosted a Go Further With Ford Night event. The event drew more than 100 community members, who just by showing up, raised $1,000 for Full Spectrum Farms. Each individual had a chance to win a new 2013 Fusion, audition for a “Guest Judge Experience” and VIP package from “American Idol,” and test drive the 2013 Ford Fusion.

“Ford Motor Company and Andy Shaw Ford donated $20 for each person who registered that evening, up to a thousand dollars,” said Larry Hinton, general manager at Andy Shaw Ford. “Each person was entered into a drawing for a new Fusion and a trip to Hollywood,” he added. “People also had the opportunity to test their judging skills with ‘American Idol’ and possibly win a VIP prize package,” said Hinton.

Full Spectrum Farms is a non-profit organization that serves adults with autism. It is located on a 34-acre farm in Cullowhee where people with autism spectrum disorder can live, work, and become a functioning part of the larger community. When it is completed, Full Spectrum Farms will provide a special model for autism services as a sensory-sensitive, holistic environment with work centering on organic farming and natural craft products. The Farm will help people with autism develop lifelong learning and living skills through cottage industries such as woodworking, pottery, and weaving as well as growing and selling organic produce and bedding plants.

“Such working and learning endeavors provide an opportunity for persons with autism to help support their communities and themselves,” said Norman West, board president. “This was really a fun evening with food, beverages, drawings, prizes, chair massages and a chance to help support a local charity,” he added. Both Hinton and West agreed that while no one from Jackson County won any of the big prizes it was “a real hoot” judging the American Idol act and a fun way to earn $1,000 for Full Spectrum Farms. For additional information on Full Spectrum Farms visit their website at www.fullspectrumfarms.org.


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