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NMEDA And FCA US Announce National Contest Winner


Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles Change Lives by Providing Independence

TAMPA, Fla., July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) and FCA US LLC announced the winner of the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country wheelchair-accessible vehicle awarded through National Mobility Awareness Month's Local Heroes Contest.

Lori Hastings, seated, along with her husband Dave, right center, are the 2016 Local Heroes Contest Winners of a Chrysler Town & Country wheelchair accessible vehicle in the caregiver category of the online contest. It is a part of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Associations' National Mobility Awareness Month Campaign.  On left is Matt Huber and far right is Denise Berecz of FCA Us LLC.  Eldorado Mobility is providing the wheelchair conversion.

Dave Hastings of Coopersville, Mich. has won a customized minivan with conversions by ElDorado Mobility.  Married for 33 years, Hastings is the primary caregiver for his wife Lori who has Muscular Dystrophy. In 2012 Dave was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and forced to retire early.  Knowing the hardships medical expenses can have on families, the Hastings founded the non-profit, Lori's Voice, that raises funds, to assist with medical expenses not covered by insurance for special needs children under the age of 18.The online Local Heroes Contest had 928 Local Hero entries that received 1.1 million votes.

"Independence and a sense of empowerment is what FCA US offers to its customers with the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan," said Jeff Kommor, Vice President – U.S. Sales Operations, Fleet and Small Business Sales, FCA US LLC. "There are so many options that allow for detailed customization to meet nearly every type of mobility challenge. The Town & Country is a perfect vehicle for this market, and especially for the well-deserving Hastings family.  FCA's long history of commitment to the mobility market will continue this year with our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, our all-new minivan with more than 100 safety and security features."

"The Local Heroes Contest is a rewarding part of what we do at NMEDA," said Dave Hubbard, NMEDA CEO. "Each year the awareness for mobility challenges and solutions continues to grow and we thank our members, contest sponsors and the hundreds of communities and thousands of individuals who rallied this year to make this special once again.  I also want to personally thank the millions who took the time to read and learn about all of the Local Heroes in our contest and then cast their votes."

About National Mobility Awareness Month: 
Each year, May is National Mobility Awareness Month and is the annual celebration that encourages seniors, veterans, caregivers and people with disabilities to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles. Founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit trade association, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) supports the awareness month with the assistance of approximately 600 mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and driver rehabilitation specialists located in the United States and Canada dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities. For updates, please visit, as well as Facebook, Twitter (@NMEDAcom) and Pinterest. 

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU" and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol "FCA."

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Donna P. Tinoco, APR
281 229-0180

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