Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently recognized donors that supported expansion of its Salisbury, Md., Children’s Therapy Services. From left are Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation, Donna Altvater, executive director of the Richard A. Henson Foundation, Ken Sklenar, president and CEO of Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and Bev Ward, Easterseals Board member and donor.

Perdue Foundation helps Easterseals expand children’s therapy services in Maryland

May 6, 2019

Salisbury, Md (Monday, May 6, 2019) – Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently marked the 100th anniversary of national Easterseals by celebrating an expansion of its Salisbury Children’s Therapy Services, thanks to the generous support of local foundations and donors, including the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

Other donors the Richard A. Henson Foundation, Inc. and Beverly Ward, Easterseals board member and the first employee of Children’s Therapy Services in Salisbury, were honored for making the expanded services possible.

“There’s no better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Easterseals than honoring the donors who are allowing us to serve more children with disabilities in our local community,” said Ken Sklenar, president/CEO for Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. “Support by the local community has always driven Easterseals’ ability to help families in need. We are extremely grateful.”

“At Perdue, we share in the belief that children are the heart and future of our communities, and we’re proud to support the important work being done by Easterseals through support from the Perdue Foundation,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. The Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to support the expansion

Easterseals has provided disability services in Salisbury since 1996. Currently, more than 500 children receive physical, speech and occupational therapies annually. The expansion allows Easterseals to increase their capacity and provide services to 100 to 150 more children per year in Salisbury and on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.

"The Easterseals facility in Salisbury has been quietly meeting the needs of children with disabilities and their families, providing comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation for more than 20 years,” said Donna S. Altvater, Executive Director of the Richard A. Henson Foundation, Inc. “As a long-time supporter of Easterseals, the Henson Foundation was proud to partner with Easterseals to expand their Salisbury office. The expansion will allow them to provide therapy to well over 600 children and families in our community."

Now an Easterseals Board member, Bev Ward began her career at Easterseals when the Salisbury office opened in 1996: “After being involved with the Salisbury facility since its inception, I am so excited to see that Easterseals is expanding to better serve the needs of children and their families in the lower shore area,” said Ward. “The services that Easterseals provides meet a unique need and I am proud of their continued commitment to the lower shore families.”

For 100 years nationally, Easterseals has served as an indispensable resource for individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors and their families. Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, and respite services for caregivers.

To learn more about how your local Easterseals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.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®.

About Perdue Farms
We’re a fourth-generation, family owned, U.S. food and agriculture company. Through our belief in responsible food and agriculture, we are empowering consumers, customers and farmers through trusted choices in products and services.

The PERDUE® brand is the number-one brand of fresh chicken in the U.S., and the company is the leader in organic chicken in the U.S., and Perdue AgriBusiness is an international agricultural products and services company. As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, our path forward is about getting better, not just bigger. We never use drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock, and we are actively advancing our animal welfare programs. Our brands are leaders in no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey and pork, and in USDA-certified organic chicken. Learn more at www.perduefarms.com.

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