Ford Escape Hybrid brings in a whopping $33,000 at auction

Ford’s 2008 Escape Hybrid fetched $33,000 at the 2008 Heal the Bay annual charity auction. Thank God, Ford donated the Escape Hybrid for free since you can get one straight from Ford for $26,640. If Heal the Bay had bought one themselves to auction they would’ve only brought in $6,360 to heal the bay.

Okay sorry – we’ll stop. Good job Ford. The 2008 Escape Hybrid is worth only $6,360 at an auction. Okay we just read a little more of the press release and guess who the winner was? Roger Wojahn, who actually works with Ford in producing their American Idol music videos.

Let’s hope when David Cook makes it big, he’ll drop this whole FoMoCo lover deal.

Click through for the press release if you dare to care.


Press Release:


The 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient SUV sold in America.

– 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid brings in $33,000 at live auction
– Sale supports the work of environmental group Heal the Bay
– Auction totals since 2004 from Ford hybrid SUVs at group’s annual event total $195,000

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 30, 2008) – The 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient SUV sold in America, generated $33,000 for the environmental group Heal the Bay at the organization’s annual charity auction.

Ford donated a 2008 Escape Hybrid SUV to Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica-based environmental group dedicated to improving water quality along California’s coastline.

The Escape Hybrid was the featured auction item at the group’s annual “Bring Back the Beach” dinner May 29 at Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. This is the fifth straight year Ford has provided a hybrid SUV to benefit Heal the Bay. The five-year auction total from Ford hybrid SUVs at Heal the Bay’s annual dinner is $195,000.

The winning bidder, Roger Wojahn, outbid numerous others to claim the Escape Hybrid. As co-owner of Wojahn Bros Music, he’s familiar with the Escape Hybrid from working closely with Ford in producing their American Idol music videos. “I’ve been attending the Heal the Bay dinner for over a decade,” says Wojahn, a Mar Vista, California resident. “My friends and I reached deep this year and I’m proud to finally have an Escape Hybrid of my own.”

Since 1995, Ford Motor Company has supported Heal the Bay and in recent years has been the title sponsor of the group’s “Beach Report Card,” an annual survey of water quality at California’s beaches. The Beach Report Card assigns a letter grade (A-F) based on bacterial levels at beaches along California’s coast from Humboldt County to the Mexican border.

“This year’s ‘Bring Back the Beach’ dinner theme was ‘Making Waves’ – recognition of those whose thoughts, words and actions show that every individual is capable of affecting positive change,” said Dr. Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay. “Ford Motor Company has demonstrated that they are an organization that strives to make waves with their commitment to the environment that ranges from green building to coastal protection.”

Earlier this month, Ford announced its donation of 45 specially-equipped Escape Hybrids to the Los Angeles County Lifeguards, a division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. On May 23 Ford presented the squad with the first 10 four-wheel drive Escape Hybrids for use on rescue patrol along 72 miles of Southern California coastline.


Source: Ford (via AutoblogGreen)