|Chairman Jim Perdue, center, joins Special Olympics athlete Beth and Perdue drivers at the World's Largest Truck Convoy in Delaware. From left are Lester Dawson, Beth, Jimmy Smith and Derwin Strand.|
|Perdue trucks in the World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Delaware.|
Salisbury, Md. (Wednesday, October 7, 2015) — Perdue Farms’ professional truck drivers hit the road on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 to participate in the 13th annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy to benefit Special Olympics Delaware.
Thirty-four drivers from Perdue Transportation Inc. joined the convoy and traveled the 28-mile route through scenic southern Delaware that began and ended at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The convoy featured a record 197 trucks and the event raised $45,000 for Special Olympics Delaware.
Many of the Special Olympics athletes rode “shotgun” in the big rigs during the convoy, making a lasting impression on the Perdue drivers.
“I go to see the smiles on the faces of the athletes and to see the support of the community as the convoy passes by,” said Perdue driver Lester Dawson. “It gives me a warm feeling to know I helped in some small way.”
“After doing the convoy I actually shed some tears thinking about how lucky I am and how glad that I had the chance to do my small part to help Special Olympics,” said Perdue driver Lamont Robinson. “This was my first time but will not be my last.”
Perdue trucker Dave Dewindt had an uncle who participated in Special Olympics and said, “I feel I should give back after what Special Olympics did for my uncle.”
Perdue has participated in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for eight years. This year, Perdue continued its support of Special Olympics Delaware by renewing its sponsorship of the festival at the World’s Largest Truck Convoy through a $5,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
“The support of the trucking community continues to amaze us. And what overwhelms me year after year is just how much they enjoy being around our athletes and families during the ride and afterward at the festival,” said Ann Grunert, executive director of Special Olympics Delaware. “It’s there when they truly get to see the difference they are making in the lives of our athletes. It’s those impressions that last far beyond a 28-mile ride.”
As Larry Ogg, director of Perdue Transportation, explains, “It is an honor for Perdue Transportation to support Special Olympics at the World’s Largest Truck Convoy and it reflects our company commitment to give back to the community. Our drivers and associates who volunteer at the event look forward to this event each year and start planning for it months in advance.”
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® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® 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 at www.perduefarms.com.
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.™