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Perdue associates in Maryland present record donation to United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore

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Perdue associates present a check for $321,015.43 to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. From left are associates Amy Wingate, campaign co-chair, Gus Lebois, United Way Board member, and Jennifer Cannon, campaign co-chair, and United Way representatives Amy Luppens, assistant director, Connie Strott, Wicomico County campaign chair, and Cathie Thomas, Board president.
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, February 25, 2016) — Perdue Farms associates presented a record $321,015.43 to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore during a presentation here on Monday, Feb. 22. The contribution includes a record donation of $216,270.95 by associates and a $104,744.48 grant funded by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. 

The Perdue contribution brings the local United Way closer to reaching its $1.65 million campaign goal.
“At the United Way, we are blessed to have the support of Perdue and its compassionate associates year after year,” said Kathleen Mommé, executive director of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. “Without their continued generosity, the thousands of residents who benefit from United Way agencies and programs would be devastated. We are grateful for their continued support and humbled by their record contribution this year.”

Perdue is the No. 1 contributor to the 2015 United Way campaign. Perdue associates have contributed more than $3.1 million to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore since 1994. 
All the monies contributed by Perdue will remain on the Lower Shore to support crucial programs and services provided by 29 local agencies through 62 programs.

Perdue campaign co-chair Jennifer Cannon explains that associates representing Perdue facilities in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties helped spread the word about this year’s campaign, inspiring them to reach deep into their pockets with financial support.

“Year after year, a network of Perdue campaign coordinators, along with United Way staff, visit many of our facilities to share stories regarding ways in which the United Way touches the lives of so many people in the community and reinforce how contributions are put to work locally,” she said. “Perdue associates really stepped up this year to a new level of giving and support for United Way. I couldn’t be more proud of their generosity.”

“Our associates have a long history of generously giving to United Way,” said Chairman Jim Perdue. “Their generosity and compassion for helping others never ceases to amaze me. They truly exemplify what it means to ‘Live United,’ ” said Perdue.

About The United Way Of The Lower Eastern Shore
As the largest non-governmental source of funding for area nonprofit agencies, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore supports 62 programs in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties with a special focus on the impact areas of educational opportunities to help children succeed, financial stability for those in crisis, and healthcare for our aging and vulnerable populations. 

The organization currently has a 31-member Board of Directors and a staff of eight covering the four-county region. Currently, United Way is impacting lives throughout the Lower Shore by providing almost $1.3 million in funding to 29 local agencies. For more information visit the United Way website at www.unitedway4us.org or call the office at 410-742-5143.

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®, 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 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and 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®.


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