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Lincoln Donates $100,000 to Red Cross as Vonage Wins 'Smartest Company in America'

  Lincoln Donates $100,000 to Red Cross as Vonage Wins 'Smartest Company in
                                   America'

> Lincoln, the luxury automotive brand, will donate $100,000 to the American
Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter on behalf of Vonage

> Results based on reasoning exercises and group challenges; participants had
the opportunity to drive the Lincoln MKS full-size sedan, MKX midsize
crossover and MKT three-row crossover

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 21, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Lincoln has named Vonage the
"Smartest Company in America" after it won the "Lincoln Intelligence Project."

The luxury automotive brand will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross
Jersey Coast Chapter on behalf of Vonage, a leading provider of communications
services bringing people together through cloud-connected devices worldwide.

The "Lincoln Intelligence Project" searched nationwide for the most
technologically and socially savvy company. More than 20 companies competed in
games to showcase their intelligence and knowledge of Lincoln, earning points
toward winning the contest and benefiting the winning company's charity of
choice.

"The activities included reasoning exercises, intuition, puzzle-solving,
memory and computation," said Dave Rivers, Lincoln U.S. Marketing
Communications Manager. "Touchscreen tablets with software designed
exclusively for the 'Lincoln Intelligence Project' measured individual and
group challenges and promoted teamwork."

Over the past three years, Lincoln has donated $300,000 to various charitable
organizations on behalf of "Lincoln Intelligence Project" winners to encourage
community involvement and create brand awareness through interactive
intelligence games.

"We are excited to be named 'Smartest Company in America' by Lincoln, and
thrilled that our activities have resulted in funds that will make a
difference to those in need in New Jersey, especially following Hurricane
Sandy," said Graham McGonigal, Vonage's senior vice president of Network
Operations and a board member of the American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter.
"This honor not only demonstrates just how smart Vonage employees are, but
also reinforces their dedication to helping those in our community."

Participants experienced the smart technology of the 2013 Lincoln MKS – a
full-size luxury sedan that makes driving easier and more enjoyable. SYNC with
MyLincoln Touch™, for example, provides detailed turn-by-turn directions via
voice and on-screen graphics, and allows drivers to use voice command to
program a destination. Information is managed in whatever way is most
convenient for the customer – voice control, touch screen or five-way
controllers on the steering wheel.

"Thousands of employees all over the country had the opportunity to experience
the 2013 MKS, which helped change opinion, promoted test drives, engaged
participants with the brand, and allowed them to opt in to receive more
information from Lincoln, all while competing for their favorite charities,"
said Rivers.

Vonage, headquartered in Holmdel, N.J., won with nearly 195 test drives during
the "Lincoln Intelligence Project."

The 2013 three-row premium utility, the MKT, and the midsize luxury crossover,
the MKX, also were available for test drives.

"The American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter is honored to receive such a
generous gift from Vonage through the 'Lincoln Intelligence Project,'" said
Nancy Orlando, Regional Executive Director. "We congratulate Vonage on winning
the contest and thank them for selecting the Jersey Coast Chapter to receive
the award. This gift from Vonage will support our vital community programs and
services, including Disaster Relief, Services to Armed Forces, Blood Services
and Health and Safety Training."

About Lincoln 
Lincoln is the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F),
committed to creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership
experience to match. Lincoln will introduce four all-new vehicles in the next
four years. For more information about Lincoln, please visit media.lincoln.com
or www.lincoln.com. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/Lincoln.

About Vonage
Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of communications services connecting
people through cloud-connected devices worldwide. Our technology serves
approximately 2.4 million subscribers. We provide feature-rich, affordable
communication solutions that offer flexibility, portability and ease-of-use.
Our Vonage World plan offers unlimited calling to more than 60 countries with
popular features like call waiting, call forwarding and visual voicemail – for
one low monthly rate. Our Vonage Mobile® app lets users make free
high-definition calls and send free texts to all users of the app, worldwide.
The app works over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G wireless data networks. Vonage's service
is sold on the web and through regional and national retailers including
Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Kmart and Sears, and is available to customers in the U.S.
(www.vonage.com), Canada (www.vonage.ca) and the United Kingdom
(www.vonage.co.uk).

Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. Vonage® is a
registered trademark of Vonage Marketing LLC., owned by Vonage America Inc. To
follow Vonage on Twitter, please visit www.twitter.com/vonage. To become a fan
on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/vonage. To subscribe on YouTube, visit
www.youtube.com/vonage.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood;
teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and
supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of
the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit
redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

SOURCE Lincoln

Website: http://www.lincoln.com
Contact: Sam Locricchio, +1-248-622-8242, slocric1@lincoln.com
 
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