Ford Motor Company has announced the winners of the Ford Freedom Unsung Award, celebrating individuals who have made significant contributions in their communities.

Honorees will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at a special reception at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live June 19.

Made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford Freedom Unsung salutes individuals and organizations that have positively impacted communities with achievements that inform and inspire others.

“This program shines a spotlight on those who go above and beyond to positively impact communities, but are often not recognized for what they do,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Whether it is a mother who tutors children, a brother who sacrificed years serving his country, a neighbor who leads a nonprofit organization or a father who has dedicated his life to serving the homeless, unsung heroes surround us every day and look for nothing in return.”

Ford is bringing its national program to Southern California as part of its ongoing commitment to honor distinguished Americans who dedicate their lives to improving their communities and the world. Awards are given in five categories: Community, Education, Military, Youth and Organization.

Award-winning actress Keke Palmer, known for her commitment to bullying prevention and other youth issues, will serve as the program’s youth ambassador.

Kevin Frazier, co-anchor of “The Insider,” will serve as master of ceremonies. The recognition program will include a special performance by actor/singer Sheryl Lee Ralph.

The 2013 Ford Freedom Unsung-Southern California awards will be given to:

  • Organization
    Gang Alternatives Program
    Jenesse Center Inc.
    New Directions for Veterans
    A New Way of Life Reentry Project
    Starting Over Inc.
  • Community
    Wilfred “Bill” Coggins
    Rita Hall
    Sherri Pegues
    Areva Martin
    William Allen Young
  • Education
    Angela M. Evans
    Haywood Galbreath
    Darlene Jernigan
    E. Elaine Moore
    Derek Richardson
  • Military
    Patricia Jackson Kelley
    Ivan Mason
  • Youth
    Justice Reigns Ferguson
    Shauniece Frazier
    Carey Poindexter
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