|Perdue's professional drivers participated in the World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Delaware.|
Salisbury, Md. (Saturday, October 11, 2014) — Perdue Farms’ professional truck drivers hit the road on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 to participate in the 12th World’s Largest Truck Convoy to benefit Special Olympics Delaware.
Twenty-eight drivers from Perdue Transportation Inc. joined the convoy and traveled a 28-mile route through scenic southern Delaware that began and ended at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The convoy featured a record 167 trucks representing 51 companies, and the event raised a record $45,000 for Special Olympics Delaware.
Perdue has participated in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for seven years. This year, Perdue continued its support of Special Olympics Delaware by sponsoring the festival at the World’s Largest Truck Convoy through a $5,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.
“Perdue’s contribution as sponsor of the post-convoy celebration is invaluable because it not only gives our truckers an opportunity to celebrate their contributions to the organization, but the chance to meet, mingle with, and get to know the athletes and their families who came out to thank and cheer them on,” said Ann Grunert, executive director of Special Olympics Delaware. “And, of course, having Jim Perdue there to thank the truckers and acknowledge the athletes made the day even more memorable for all in attendance.”
“At Perdue, we recognize the importance of supporting our communities through partnerships like this,” said Chairman Jim Perdue. “It’s events like these that really showcase the heart and soul of our drivers. Their community efforts often go unsung, but that does not stop them from giving of their time. I’m inspired by their commitment in support of Special Olympics.”
About The World’s Largest Truck Convoy
The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is part of a national effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. It was the creation of former truck driver and Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Norm Schneiderhan, whose family is involved in the truck industry. He was so inspired by the impact Special Olympics has had on his life through participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, that he decided to create the World’s Largest Truck Convoy. Today, it has expanded to 26 states and four Canadian provinces.
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.
About The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.™