|Perdue Farms' associates in Lewiston, N.C., are among the top fund-raising teams nationwide for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.|
LEWISTON, N.C. (February 27, 2014) — Perdue Farms has been recognized by the American Cancer Society as a regional and national leader in supporting the fight against cancer. Associates at the company's Lewiston facility were honored with several awards for their 2013 participation in Relay For Life, including Team of Excellence, South Atlantic Division Top Team and National Top Ten Team. Perdue ranks seventh in the nation among all Relay For Life fund-raising teams.
Perdue Farms has been a major sponsor of Relay For Life of Bertie County since 1995. Chaired by Arthur Johnson, the 2013 event included 94 registered teams and 1,256 registered participants. The event raised $238,652 with the Perdue team raising $127,170. Since 2009, Perdue has also offered its employees the opportunity to donate to the American Cancer Society through payroll deduction. Through Relay For Life and workplace giving, the company and its associates have donated nearly $675,000 over the years.
“Perdue Farms is a tremendous supporter of the fight against cancer,” said Shari Henning, executive vice president and operating officer, South Atlantic Division, American Cancer Society. “The leadership and dedication demonstrated not only by their management, but all of their associates, is outstanding. Their efforts allow us to conduct lifesaving research and to provide programs and services for individuals facing cancer and their caregivers. Together, we are working to finish this fight.”
In addition to fundraising, Perdue is very committed to supporting the Society’s mission. It educates its employees about programs and services focusing on cancer prevention and early detection. The Lewiston facility was recently a host site for the Society’s Cancer Prevention Study 3, which enrolled more than 300,000 volunteers in a historic nationwide study designed to better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.
“We’re very proud of our associates’ commitment to the fight against cancer here in Lewiston through the Bertie County Relay for Life,” said Jeff Stalls, director of operations for Perdue Farms in Lewiston. “The compassion they show through their giving and participation in activities to support the American Cancer Society mission is inspiring. These awards reflect the character of our associates and their passion for giving back to the community in which they live and work.”
About Relay For Life
Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and raise money for the fight against cancer. Teams of individuals gather together each year to participate in the largest fundraising event in the nation. The funds raised through Relay For Life enable the American Cancer Society to continue its mission to save lives from cancer. Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available at 252-695-9054, relayforlife.org/bertienc.
About The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or www.cancer.org.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND® and COLEMAN NATURAL® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms and our Corporate Responsibility Report at www.perduefarms.com.