Decatur, Ala. (October 22, 2014) – The Wayne Farms Decatur complex was just announced for completing another successful year of support to the American Cancer Society (ACS) by raising $160,000 and placing eighth in the nation’s top fundraising spots for 2014.
The company’s team, led by Beckie Patrick, Tina Wiggs, and Kathy Greenwell, surpassed their 2013 results by $45,000 and more than doubled the 2012 results of $60,000. This year’s achievement placed the Wayne Farms Decatur Relay team 2nd out of 103 Relays in the state of Alabama; 5th out of 549 Relays in the Mid-South region and 8th nationally out of 4,898 Relays.
Don Dubnik, Senior Director of Operations for the Wayne Farms FP Business Unit commented: “I am more than proud of the hard work and dedication of the entire Wayne Farms Decatur team. They have achieved tremendous success, more than doubling their fundraising efforts in just three years and have now garnered national attention. And knowing these funds go toward battling a disease that affects everyone in some way makes the long hours that much more rewarding.”
In addition to the Relay for Life event held on June 20th at Ingall’s Harbor in Decatur, the Relay team also hosted two golf tournaments, coordinated bake sales and auctions, and accepted employee donations throughout the year.
The Decatur division of Wayne Farms consists of a 72,000 square-foot fresh processing facility, two further processing facilities at approximately 360,000 square feet and a 110,000 square foot cold storage facility. The Decatur division employs approximately 1600 people from the surrounding community.
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About Wayne Farms LLC
Wayne Farms LLC is the sixth-largest vertically integrated poultry producer in the U.S. with annual sales exceeding $1.9 billion. A subsidiary of Continental Grain Company, Wayne Farms owns and operates 11 fresh and further-processed facilities throughout the Southeast, produces more than 2.5 billion pounds of poultry products each year, and employs more than 8,900 individuals. Producing products under the brand names of WAYNE FARMS® fresh chicken; PLATINUM HARVEST® premium fresh chicken; DUTCH QUALITY HOUSE® chicken and CHEF’S CRAFT™ gourmet chicken, Wayne Farms has a well-known history of delivering exceptional poultry products to some of the largest industrial, institutional, and foodservice companies across America.
About Relay for Life
Relay for Life is an annual fundraising initiative of the American Cancer Society. The first team Relay was held in 1986, and was the brainchild of Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Washington colorectal surgeon who wanted to find a way for everyone to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost and get inspired to fight back. Since that first event, millions of people around the world have participated in Relay for Life, making it the largest fundraising event in history. For more information about Relay for Life, please visit www.relayforlife.org.
The Wayne Farms Decatur complex walking their first team lap for the 2014 Relay for Life event.