Chrysler and Howard Teams Up for Charity Work

By: Lisa Ziegler

The DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund (or simply Chrysler Corporation Fund) plans to do charitable projects to support the youth in developing their skills in music and arts.

For the second time, DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund announced that the they are once again teaming up with Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actor Terrence Howard to donate a total of $38,000 to Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, one of the largest community-based school of the arts in the United States. The amount will be used to support the school's Kaleidoscope Pre-School Arts Enrichment Program.

Frank Fountain, Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Public Policy (Auburn Hills) of Chrysler Group said: "This grant in the name of the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund and Terrence Howard reflects our commitment and understanding of how the arts empower our young people to develop and succeed despite any challenging circumstance. Settlement Music School, which will celebrate 100 years in 2008, has a history of enriching young minds and changing lives so DaimlerChrysler celebrates being a part of this legacy."

The first charitable project made by Chrysler Group in conjunction with Howard is the customized 2006 Jeep Commander, designed by Chrysler Group's head of vehicle design, Ralph Gilles. The vehicle comes with quality auto parts inside and out like and other personalized Jeep parts. The sales amount of the vehicle was donated to the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit to support the automotive design scholarship in the institution.

Aside fro being a notable film and stage actor, Terrence Howard is also a long time musician, and a huge supporter of school programs related to arts and music. DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund and Terrence Howard will also sponsor a scholarship program to fund an arts program in Pennsylvania. This program will reach out the youth to encourage them to be inclined arts and music activities.

Terrence Howard commented: "My guitar is a solace and inspiration. Kids today need to know and appreciate music and the arts because it sparks an inner cord that can transform our children in so many ways. So, I see today as an opportunity to partner with DaimlerChrysler, Settlement Music School and the children of this great State to support a music genre that inspires our youth to greatness."

Meanwhile, Robert Capanna, Executive Director of Settlement Music School praised DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund and Terrence Howard for their charitable work in the institution. He said: "We are delighted that DaimlerChrysler and Mr. Howard have chosen to recognize Settlement Music School's Kaleidoscope pre-school program with this generous contribution. Several studies have shown that Kaleidoscope is uniquely successful in developing school readiness skills in children and giving them an important introductory experience in music, dance and art".

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