Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, February 25, 2016) — Perdue Farms associates presented a record $321,015.43 to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore during a presentation on Monday, Feb. 22. The contribution includes a record donation of $216,270.95 by associates and a $104,744.48 grant funded by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
The Perdue contribution brings the local United Way closer to reaching its $1.65 million campaign goal.
“At the United Way, we are blessed to have the support of Perdue and its compassionate associates year after year,” said Kathleen Mommé, executive director of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. “Without their continued generosity, the thousands of residents who benefit from United Way agencies and programs would be devastated. We are grateful for their continued support and humbled by their record contribution this year.”
Perdue is the No. 1 contributor to the 2015 United Way campaign. Perdue associates have contributed more than $3.1 million to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore since 1994.
All the monies contributed by Perdue will remain on the Lower Shore to support crucial programs and services provided by 29 local agencies through 62 programs.
Perdue campaign co-chair Jennifer Cannon explains that associates representing Perdue facilities in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties helped spread the word about this year’s campaign, inspiring them to reach deep into their pockets with financial support.
“Year after year, a network of Perdue campaign coordinators, along with United Way staff, visit many of our facilities to share stories regarding ways in which the United Way touches the lives of so many people in the community and reinforce how contributions are put to work locally,” she said. “Perdue associates really stepped up this year to a new level of giving and support for United Way. I couldn’t be more proud of their generosity.”
“Our associates have a long history of generously giving to United Way,” said Chairman Jim Perdue. “Their generosity and compassion for helping others never ceases to amaze me. They truly exemplify what it means to ‘Live United,’ ” said Perdue.
Perdue associates present a check for $321,015.43 to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. From left are associates Amy Wingate, campaign co-chair, Gus Lebois, United Way Board member, and Jennifer Cannon, campaign co-chair, and United Way representatives Amy Luppens, assistant director, Connie Strott, Wicomico County campaign chair, and Cathie Thomas, Board president.