Perdue associates joined Chairman Jim Perdue in presenting a check for $271,788.17 in support of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore during a presentation here on Friday, Feb. 15. The contribution includes associates’ pledges of $191,788.17 and an $80,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, bringing the local United Way closer to reaching its $1.55 million campaign goal for 2012.
“We’re are truly blessed to have a partner like Perdue Farms and their compassionate associates who give so freely of themselves each and every year to United Way,” said Kathleen Mommé, executive director of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. “Our community would be devastated without their support. Perdue associates help create a safety net that touches the hearts and lives of thousands of residents each year. Their generous contributions this year will help ensure we can continue to meet the needs of Lower Shore residents.”
Perdue is the No. 1 contributor to the 2012 United Way campaign. Perdue associates have contributed more than $2.4 million to the United Way campaign since 1994.
Even in a challenging economy, Perdue associates reached deep into their pockets in 2012. All the money raised will help support crucial programs and services delivered by 24 local agencies through 53 programs on the Lower Shore.
Jennifer Cannon, Perdue campaign co-chairman, explains that a coordinated network of dedicated associates across Perdue facilities in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties helped spread the word about this year’s campaign.
“We visited many of our facilities, sharing personal stories about agencies supported by the United Way, and answering questions,” she said. “We helped our associates understand that United Way touches people directly in our community and showed how their contributions would be put to work in the local community.”
Cannon said this year’s campaign was bolstered by the grass-roots fund-raising efforts organized by associates that raised more than $1,639 through raffles and luncheons.
“At Perdue, our associates have a long and strong history of generosity,” said Perdue Chairman Jim Perdue. “It never ceases to amaze me how our associates respond to the needs of their community through their commitment to the United Way.”