$5.00 a day to save Highland Park Model T Plant fundraiser

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Gooding, Crystal, MI on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 10:18 pm:

http://www.mlive.com/business/detroit/index.ssf/2013/08/fundraiser_asks_for_5_a_ day_to.html#incart_river_default

Fundraiser asks for $5 a day to restore Detroit’s former Model T plant

DETROIT, MI – Tuesday marks the launch of a month-long campaign by the
Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) called “Five Dollars a Day,” a crowd-funding effort that aims to restore two historic Highland Park buildings synonymous with Detroit’s automobile heritage.

The buildings in the Ford Highland Park Plant complex - which is currently closed off to the public - are where Henry Ford’s first moving assembly line paid workers $5 a day to build the Model T.

The WA3 has offered to buy the buildings for $550,000. It has secured a $400,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation and a $15,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and is pitching in $10,000 of its own funds, but still needs $125,000 by Sept. 19 to seal the deal, the non-profit agency says.

Here's their pitch video:

“We are appealing to individual donors to contribute just five dollars, or more, to help us save this important piece of Americana,” Deborah Schutt, interim director of WA3, said in a release. “ The Henry Ford Plant was the place where workers made a wage of $5 per day – giving birth to the middle class. This online ‘Five Dollar a Day’ fundraising campaign will play a pivotal role in helping us meet our goal and realize our vision of creating an auto heritage attraction.”

The Detroit Free Press reports that WA3’s ultimate goal is to turn the site into an Automobile Heritage Welcome Center. The complex would house a theater and historical displays, and possibly driving simulations and auto parts assembly features. Quicken Loans’ philanthropic arm has reportedly already been in talks with WA3.

David Muller is the business reporter for MLive Media Group in Detroit. Email him at dmuller@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Craig Anderson, central Wisconsin on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 11:47 pm:

Here's the page at which you can make a donation if you wish >>> http://www.woodwardavenue.org/Invest/Preserve+Ford+Highland+Park-106.html

I see paypal can be used in addition to credit cards........good....... :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Hjortnaes, Men Falls, WI on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:17 am:

Wisconsin leads the way. I sent my donation in.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clayton Paddison, Portland Oregon on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 11:41 am:

Washington State is following Wisconsin's lead...Donation made :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clayton Paddison (Vancouver Washington) on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 11:44 am:

...Not sure why it showed "Portland Oregon"...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Gould on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 11:44 am:

California follows


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Craig Anderson, central Wisconsin on Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 12:02 am:

Helping keep Wisconsin in the lead...... :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Olsen on Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 12:06 am:

Illinois is in the game


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter Nikolajevs on Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 07:40 pm:

Did my part. :-) (Smiley faces courtesy of my daughter Natalie :-) and son Andrew :-).)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Wells on Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 09:04 pm:

Just cause I'm in Canada is no reason not to contribute. Donation sent.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Thomas Mullin on Monday, September 16, 2013 - 09:41 am:

For more information on the Willow Run Bomber Plant and Rosie the Riveter, go to Save the Bomber Plant


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Rosenkrans on Monday, September 16, 2013 - 09:53 am:

Pennsylvania is doing its part...


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