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Courageous Persuaders is Your Chance to Win Scholarship Awards and Make a Positive Impact on Young Minds

TROY, MI, Feb 2, 2016 – The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Education Foundation reminds students that the deadline for entry into the Courageous Persuaders video competition is almost here. The deadline for entry is February 11, 2016. Courageous Persuaders offers over $27,000 in scholarship awards. "The DADA, along with many important partners, strive to take an active role in our local communities by educating our youth on the dangers of underage drinking and distracted driving," said Ryan LaFontaine, DADA president. "The messages conveyed in the commercials these young adults create are truly very powerful." Courageous Persuaders is a competition-based scholarship program that invites high school students to create a 30-second commercial about the dangers of underage drinking. The commercials are targeted toward middle school-aged children, with the winning entries aired on television and via streaming video on www.CourageousPersuaders.com. The Michigan Department of State also shows the winning commercials in select Secretary of State (SOS) branch offices. The winners will be announced at a gala Awards Celebration to be held in May. The Courageous Persuaders program was created in 2000 by the late Oakland County District Judge Michael A. Martone and John Barczyk, a retired local McCann-Erickson advertising executive. In [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:24:48+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|Education and Learning, News and Events, Smartfinds|Comments Off on Courageous Persuaders is Your Chance to Win Scholarship Awards and Make a Positive Impact on Young Minds

Courageous Persuaders Honors High School Students with Over $23,000 in Scholarships and Awards at Upcoming Celebration

TROY, Mich., May 5, 2015 – The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Education Foundation announced today that tickets are still available for its 2015 Courageous Persuaders Video Competition Awards Celebration which will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan. The Courageous Persuaders Video Competition, now in its 15th year, recognizes high school students that take a creative approach to educate fellow students on the dangers of underage drinking. This year, Courageous Persuaders will give away over $23,000 in scholarships. “As a parent I can’t think of a more worthy initiative to support, especially one that has the potential to save children’s lives,” said Sam Slaughter, DADA president. “I encourage parents with teenage children to attend and not only educate themselves on the dangers of underage drinking, but learn about more creative ways to connect with their children on this important cause.” Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $25 for adults and $20 for 18 and under, can be purchased at the door. Huel Perkins, noted WJBK Fox2 Detroit television personality will be the emcee for the event and will be joined on the stage by many notable [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:26:22+00:00 May 8th, 2015|Education and Learning, News and Events|Comments Off on Courageous Persuaders Honors High School Students with Over $23,000 in Scholarships and Awards at Upcoming Celebration

Courageous Persuaders Video Competition Deadline is February 12, 2015

Courageous Persuaders program delivers youth-to-youth message about dangers of underage drinking and is seeking video competition participants to submit their videos by February 12, 2015. TROY, MI, January 28, 2015 – The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Education Foundation reminds students that the deadline for entry into the Courageous Persuaders video competition is almost here. The deadline for entry is February 12, 2015. DADA President Sam Slaughter made the announcement. Courageous Persuaders is a competition-based scholarship program that invites high school students to create a 30-second commercial about the dangers of underage drinking. The commercials are targeted toward middle school-aged children, with the winning entries aired on television and via streaming video on www.CourageousPersuaders.com. The Michigan Department of State also shows the winning commercials in select Secretary of State (SOS) branch offices. The winners will be announced at a gala Awards Celebration to be held in May. “As auto dealers, members of DADA are also very involved in their local communities,” said Slaughter. “With Courageous Persuaders, we, along with many organizations who join us by contributing toward the scholarship awards, have the opportunity to take an active role in educating our young people about the dangers of underage drinking and [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:26:25+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Education and Learning, Marketing, News and Events|Comments Off on Courageous Persuaders Video Competition Deadline is February 12, 2015

Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration Recognizes High School Student-Produced Anti-Underage Drinking Commercials

Students received over $21,000 in scholarships and awards TROY, Mich., May 27 – The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) hosted the annual Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration, at which high school students who took a stand against underage drinking won $21,250 in scholarships and awards. The event, which took place on Wednesday, May 21 at the Troy Marriott in Troy, Mich. was hosted by renowned Detroit television personality Huel Perkins, anchor at WJBK FOX2. The DADA is the primary sponsor and administrator of the Courageous Persuaders program, which is facilitated through the DADA Education Foundation. "We look forward to this event each year," said DADA President Paul Sabatini. "The Courageous Persuaders program works to set kids on the right path by discouraging underage drinking, and it reaffirms the good that there is in today’s society. Since these are young people that we honor, it gives us confidence that there can, indeed, be a bright future." The annual competition, now in its 14th year, encourages high school students to create 30-second television commercials warning middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking. The contest drew 727 participants from 165 high schools who submitted 489 video entries, which included thousands of students [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:27:50+00:00 May 27th, 2014|Education and Learning, Marketing, News and Events|Comments Off on Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration Recognizes High School Student-Produced Anti-Underage Drinking Commercials

Enter Now – Courageous Persuaders Video Competition Deadline is February 12

Courageous Persuaders program delivers youth-to-youth message about dangers of underage drinking TROY, Mich., Jan. 29, 2014 – The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Education Foundation reminds students that the deadline for entry into the Courageous Persuaders video competition is approaching quickly. The deadline for entry is February 12, 2014. DADA President Paul Sabatini made the announcement. Courageous Persuaders is a competition-based scholarship program that invites high school students to create a 30-second commercial about the dangers of underage drinking. The commercials are targeted toward middle school-aged children, with the winning entries aired on television and via streaming video on www.CourageousPersuaders.com. The Michigan Department of State also shows the winning commercials in select Secretary of State (SOS) branch offices. The winners will be announced at a gala Awards Celebration to be held in May. "This is a great program for both middle and high school students," said Sabatini. "Creating the videos and messages gives high school students an opportunity to be positive role models and influence younger peers’ attitudes and behavior, and gives middle school students insight into the very real dangers of underage drinking. I’m very proud that the DADA Educational Foundation is so engaged in the program." The Courageous [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:28:38+00:00 February 3rd, 2014|Education and Learning, News and Events, Strategic Partnerships|Comments Off on Enter Now – Courageous Persuaders Video Competition Deadline is February 12

Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration Recognizes High School Student-Produced Anti-Underage Drinking Commercials

Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration allows students to walk away with over $21,000 in scholarships and awards for recognition of high school student produced anti-underage drinking commercials.

By | 2017-01-01T11:34:53+00:00 May 21st, 2012|Education and Learning, Internet Marketing, News and Events|Comments Off on Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration Recognizes High School Student-Produced Anti-Underage Drinking Commercials

Enter Now Courageous Persuaders Video Competition Deadline Fast Approaching

Courageous Persuaders video competition is approaching quickly with the deadline for entry is February 9, 2012. Courageous Persuaders is a competition-based scholarship program that invites high school students to create a 30-second television commercial about the dangers of underage drinking.

By | 2017-01-01T11:35:15+00:00 February 3rd, 2012|Internet Marketing|Comments Off on Enter Now Courageous Persuaders Video Competition Deadline Fast Approaching

Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration Recognizes High School Student-Produced Anti-Underage Drinking Commericals

Students Walk Aawy with $18,000 in Scholarships TROY, Michigan, June 1, 2011 – The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) awarded high school students who took a stand against underage drinking with $18,000 in scholarships at the annual Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration, featuring a red carpet arrival and hosted by renowned Detroit television personality Huel Perkins, anchor at WJBK Fox2. The awards celebration was held on May 19th at the Troy Marriott in Troy, Mich. The DADA is the primary sponsor and administrator of the Courageous Persuaders program, which is facilitated through the DADA Education Foundation. “This was truly an inspirational event,” said Bob Shuman, DADA Vice President, who represented the DADA at the event. “It provides hope that our next generation will not only make positive lifestyle choices, but will inspire others to do the same.” The competition, now in its 11th year, encourages high school students to create 30-second television commercials warning middle school students about the dangers of drinking alcohol. The contest drew 898 participants who submitted 514 video entries, which included thousands of students from schools throughout the U.S. Student scholarships and award winners: Grand Prize, $3,000 - “That’s Not Cool” by Catrina Stoner, Dundee High School, [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:35:25+00:00 June 1st, 2011|Internet Marketing|Comments Off on Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration Recognizes High School Student-Produced Anti-Underage Drinking Commericals