By Marie Gilmore

It was a happy afternoon at Brandon Ford as local resident, Elizabeth Maroney,  accepted the keys to her brand new 2013 Ford Escape that she won in a national contest that also benefitted Feeding America with more than 1.2 million meals.

Last summer, while working her hospitality position at Yuengling Brewery, Ford brought a new Escape to the brewery as part of its national Ford Motor Company’s Ford Escape Hunger Drive event. Maroney, along with a group of tourists and all the staff at Yuengling, took a look at the new vehicle and entered to win.

Maroney never expected to hear back about the contest but was contacted by Ford directly and was told that she won. She had marked Brandon Ford on her entry form as that was where her husband and entire family have purchased their Ford vehicles, including a Ford Mustang.

“I just never expected to win,” said Maroney, a mother of five. “I was one of many people who entered the contest that afternoon and I never expected to hear from them.”

Maroney was able to select her color-black, and features of her new Ford Escape.

Participants in the 2013 Ford Escape Hunger Drive had the opportunity to feed people facing hunger, while also getting a chance to experience Ford’s all-new small utility vehicle that is loaded with smart technologies.

“We at Feeding America are proud of our longstanding relationship with Ford,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “Ford has a history of merging transportation with hunger relief efforts, and we are grateful they are extending that partnership, linked to the  2013 Escape, to help us get food to millions of families struggling with hunger.”

Ford Motor Company Fund, in partnership with Newman’s Own, has already provided 103 Ford refrigerated trucks to Feeding America affiliates through an 11-year initiative called Partnership for Hunger Relief.

“We believe it is critical to support people in need and we have been doing so throughout our company’s 108-year history,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services.

Brandon Ford is located at 9090 Adamo Dr. at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 301 and Highway 60. For more information, call (888) 405-1052 or visit


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Marie Gilmore
Marie is the Managing Editor at the Osprey Observer. She covers news, transportation, education and likes to make a positive impact on the community and be 'in the know'!