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Perdue renews support for Special Olympics Delaware and World’s Largest Truck Convoy

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The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation provides a $5,000 grant to Special Olympics Delaware and the World's Largest Truck Convoy. From left to right in front row are Darren Hunt, Perdue driver, George Coffin, Perdue driver advocate, Tyleer Tilghman, Special Olympics Delaware athlete, and John Miller, Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics state director. In back row are Carl Klotz and Ken Bode, Harrington Police Department, Mark Anderson, Greenwood Police Department, and Gary Fournier, Delaware State Police.
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, August 11, 2016) — Perdue Farms, through a $5,000 grant funded by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has renewed its commitment for Special Olympics Delaware and the World’s Largest Truck Convoy scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Del.

“Perdue has long supported the efforts of Special Olympics Delaware through the World’s Largest Truck Convoy,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Foundation. “Our drivers really enjoy participating in this event. It is an honor to be a part of a day that brings joy to so many and that produces such benefit to such a wonderful organization.”

The Foundation has supported Special Olympics Delaware for the past four years, aligning itself as festival sponsor at the annual Special Olympics Truck Convoy. The funds provide lunch and entertainment for hundreds of truck drivers, supporters, and Special Olympics families following the 28-mile drive through scenic Sussex County in support of Special Olympics. Perdue drivers with their big rigs have participated in the Truck Convoy since the event’s inception in 2003.

“Our truckers comment year after year that while the drive is certainly a wonderful part of the convoy event, it’s the festival afterward when they get to socialize not only with each other but with the Special Olympics athletes and families they are supporting when they truly realize the impact their participation is making,” said Lisa Smith, Special Olympics Delaware director of development.

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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