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Arthur W. Perdue Foundation supports Maryland's Mission of Mercy dental clinic with $5,000 grant

Foundation MOM Grant

Bill Hetherington, right, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, presents a $5,000 grant to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore in support of the Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy. Pictured from left are Dick Van Gelder, Eastern Shore MOM Community Lead, Gregory Allen, ESMOM Chairman, Doug Wilson, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore president, and Hetherington

Salisbury, Md. (Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012) — Perdue, through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has awarded a $5,000 grant to help support the operational needs of the Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy’s (MOM) first dental clinic. The two-day clinic is scheduled March 15-16, 2013 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury. 

“We are grateful to the Perdue Foundation for this generous donation,” said Dr. Gregory Allen, Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy chairman.  “This grant will allow MOM to purchase dental equipment and products to serve the uninsured and underserved populations on the Delmarva Peninsula.  Financial support from the community is critical due to the scope of this mission.  We are anticipating serving hundreds of residents from across the peninsula during the two-day project.”   

“We’re pleased to provide this grant on behalf of Perdue to help bring the first Mission of Mercy to the Eastern Shore,” said Bill Hetherington, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “The resources of the Foundation enable us to continue to have a positive impact in the community, and we believe bringing access to free dental care to hundreds of under-served Lower Shore residents through this effort will make a tremendous impact.”

In April, 2012, the Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy established a fund at The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore based in Salisbury for the sole purpose of raising money to support the mission.  The total fund-raising goal for the MOM is $125,000.  CFES has generously agreed to make a $10,000 matching donation to the cause and is supporting the volunteer needs of the mission through the ShoreCAN Volunteer Center.  The mission has raised $35,000 towards their goal.

“The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) is pleased to serve as the fiscal agent for the Mission of Mercy,” said Doug Wilson, President, CFES.  “There are a growing number of residents along the Lower Eastern Shore who don’t have access to dental care and we’re honored to assist with this program.”  

About Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy
The Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy (MOM) is a community event hosted by the Eastern Shore Dental Society; a component of the Maryland State Dental Association.  The focus of this mission is to provide treatment of immediate dental needs to the underserved populations on the Delmarva Peninsula.  Licensed volunteer dental professional will provide at the treatment at no cost to those receiving care.  This mission will provide a secure and supportive environment for adults on the Delmarva Peninsula who have not been able to attain necessary dental care.  The primary focus of this mission will be the alleviation of pain and infection.  This mission will also provide basic assessments of health-related issues for these members of our community, resulting in the identification of appropriate referral sources and pathways to foster continuing healthcare solutions for identified needs.

The mission will collect, analyze, and format detailed records of all treatments rendered.  This data will help to elucidate needs on the Delmarva Peninsula and facilitate focused care for future mission endeavors.

Not only is financial support necessary for the success of the mission.  Volunteer support is also critical to operating such a large community initiative.  For more information and to sign up to volunteer visit our website at: www.eastershoremissionofmercy.org

About Perdue
The Perdue Family of Companies includes Perdue Farms, Perdue AgriBusiness, and our shared services organizations. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue's farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to today's third-generation of family leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we've remained a family-owned company dedicated to making Perdue the most-trust name in food and agriculture products. At the Perdue Family of Companies, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.

About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the Perdue Family of Companies, 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 the Perdue Family of Companies where large numbers of our associates live and work. At the Perdue Family of Companies, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.


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