|Perdue Farms’ driver Kevin Sterling, left, with Special Olympics Delaware athlete Michael Hartzell and his father, Jeffrey Hartzell, prepare for their ride in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy.|
SALISBURY, Md. (Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013) — Perdue Farms’ professional truck drivers hit the road on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 to participate in the 11th World’s Largest Truck Convoy® to benefit Special Olympics Delaware.
Thirty drivers from Perdue Transportation Inc. joined the convoy and traveled a 28-mile route through scenic southern Delaware that began and ended at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The convoy featured 147 trucks representing 57 companies. The event raised $43,000 for Special Olympics Delaware.
Perdue has participated in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for six years. This year, Perdue expanded its support of Special Olympics Delaware by sponsoring the festival at the World’s Largest Truck Convoy through a $5,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.
“We’re excited to have Perdue come on board this year as our festival sponsor,” said Lisa Smith, director of special events for Special Olympics Delaware. “The stature of a company like Perdue standing side-by-side with Special Olympics Delaware just elevates the level of respect and dignity for our athletes. We’re grateful for the continued support of Perdue and its drivers.”
For some Perdue drivers, it was their first experience in the convoy.
“It’s a honor for me to be involved in this,” said Keith Wolford, a 13-year Perdue driver. “I really like that Perdue is being a part of this and donating for the children. That’s the reason why it’s really special for me. It’s all about the children.”
Perdue driver Bryan Ward, another first-time participant, said, “The opportunity to interact with kids who are a little less fortunate than we are – that’s always been very important to me. The footprint that we leave in the community is awesome. I just think it’s very important to contribute in that fashion and be part of a company that does the same.”
“I have a brother who participated in Special Olympics years ago,” said Perdue driver Ed Wright. “I think it’s a great program and it brings recognition to the special Olympians, and that was my main reason for participating.”
About The World’s Largest Truck Convoy
The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is part of a national effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. It was the creation of former truck driver and Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Norm Schneiderhan, whose family is involved in the truck industry. He was so inspired by the impact Special Olympics has had on his life through participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, that he decided to create the World’s Largest Truck Convoy. Today, it has expanded to 26 states and four Canadian provinces.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, and represents the Perdue family ownership. 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 our third-generation of family leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained a family owned, family operated business dedicated to making Perdue the most trusted name in food and agricultural products. To learn more about Perdue, visit www.perdue.com®.
About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The 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.