From left to right are Capt. Kenny Brode, Harrington Police Department, Ray Belote, Perdue driver, Danny Yonker, Special Olympics athlete, George Coffin, Perdue driver advocate, Cpl. Carl Klotz, Harrington Police Department, and Greg Nolt, State Director, Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics.

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

August 5, 2017

Salisbury, Md. (Saturday, August 5, 2017) — The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, awarded Special Olympics Delaware a $10,000 donation during a check presentation ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

“Special Olympics Delaware, the athletes and their families hold a special place in our hearts at Perdue,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation. “We’re proud to continue and expand our support for the World’s Largest Truck Convoy through the Foundation. Each year, our drivers look forward to participating in this event and seeing the smiles of the athletes as they join them for a ride in their big rigs. It is an honor to be a part of a day that brings joy to so many and helps advance the cause of such a wonderful organization.”

The Foundation has supported Special Olympics Delaware for the past five years, aligning itself as festival sponsor at the annual Special Olympics Truck Convoy. The funds provided 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.

This year the Foundation is doubling its support to $10,000 and aligning itself as an official sponsor of the event along with FedEx Ground and Walmart.

“It’s a great company which cares about the community,” Special Olympics executive director Ann Grunert said. “And so when a company of their stature and its employees step forward to support our athletes, it speaks volumes to those outside of our organization that our athletes deserve to be accepted, respected and celebrated.”

Perdue drivers with their big rigs have participated in the Truck Convoy since the event’s inception in 2003. The 2017 Truck Convoy is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

About Special Olympics Delaware
The mission of Special Olympics Delaware is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for 4,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

About the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The foundation strives to strengthen the communities where Perdue Farms associates live and work by focusing its efforts on education, agriculture, the environment, health and social services, and fighting hunger and poverty.

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