Thousands of people left the Erie Auto Show after getting a look at the latest cars and trucks on the market.
Representatives of the Sight Center of Northwest PA left with something better — the keys to a new Ford van, a gift from Erie-area Ford dealers.
“The goal of the Ford Friendship Express program is simple — to provide the gift of transportation to the people and organizations that need it most,” said Mark Winkler, chairman of the Erie Ford Friendship Express Selection Committee.
The Sight Center was selected from among more than 30 charities that submitted applications from Erie, Crawford and Warren counties.
The organization will use the van to transport people in the area who are blind or severely visually impaired.
The philanthropic program, already established in western New York, was announced in November for Erie County.