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Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Emergency Preparedness Challenge benefits American Red Cross on Delmarva

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The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has issued a $13,500 emergency preparedness challenge grant to help the Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross raise money to fund the purchase of two emergency response trailers. Bill Hetherington, right, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, presents a ceremonial grant check to members of the Red Cross chapter in Salisbury from left John Culp, executive director, Mark Rudnick, treasure of the board of directors, and Madalaine How, secretary of the board.

Salisbury, Md. (Wednesday, May 9, 2012) - With hurricane season bearing down on us, Perdue is helping the Lower Eastern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross be even better prepared to assist Delmarva residents.

To help the Red Cross respond when disaster strikes, the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has issued a $13,500 emergency preparedness challenge grant to help fund the purchase of two emergency response trailers. Perdue, through the Foundation grant, has agreed to match every dollar raised by the Red Cross up to the first $13,500. The Red Cross will use the combined monies to outfit two trailers with evacuation center and shelter supplies to be strategically positioned on the lower Eastern Shore of the Delmarva Peninsula. The Red Cross already has one emergency response trailer.

Red Cross assistance is a gift to the community, from the community.  Thanks to generous community partners like the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the Red Cross is there to answer the call to prevent and respond to emergencies on the Delmarva Peninsula,” said John Culp, executive director of the Lower Eastern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross. “The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Emergency Preparedness Challenge will help the Red Cross ensure we have the material and human resources strategically placed to quickly respond to disasters and support the immediate emergency needs of those affected, starting them down the path to recovery.”

To help support the Red Cross in its fund-raising effort, contact John Culp at 410-749-5331 or john.culp@redcross.org. 

“When disaster strikes, we all recognize the critical importance of the services provided by the American Red Cross,” said Bill Hetherington, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “This will greatly enhance their ability to respond when hurricanes, floods, fires and other disasters affect residents on the Eastern Shore. With this challenge grant, we hope that the community will join us and pledge their support so that our local Red Cross will be ready when they’re needed.”

About the Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross

The Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. In addition, the Red Cross offers preparedness training in CPR, first aid, and other life-saving skills. Since 1916, the American Red Cross has served residents of Maryland’s Lower Shore. In January 2011, the Lower Shore Chapter expanded to include the Virginia counties of Accomack and Northampton.

About Perdue and the Arthur. W. Perdue Foundation

PERDUE® is the No. 1 brand of fresh chicken in the Eastern United States. Ranked as the third largest poultry company in the U.S., Perdue is a leading international food and agriculture family of businesses providing quality products and services to customers in more than 100 countries. Privately held and family-run for three generations, the company employs more than 21,000 associates and partners with more than 2,200 independent farm families — all of whom share in the commitment to quality that has guided the company since its founding in 1920.

The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable foundation established in 1957 by the founder of Perdue Incorporated. Grants are distributed for the improvement of life in the community through support of the arts, community development, education, health, human services and youth activities.

For more information, visit www.perdue.com

 

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