Averitt Express recently was recognized as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Employee Giving Partner of the Year during the presentation of the ALSAC/St. Jude Volunteer Appreciation Awards in Memphis, Tenn. The award was presented to Averitt in recognition of its associates’ support of St. Jude throughout the past 20 years.
Since 1990, Averitt associates have made more than $2.8 million in donations to St. Jude through Averitt Cares for Kids, the company’s 100 percent associate-funded charity. Through this charity, Averitt associates completed an endowment to fund the initial construction of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Clinic at St. Jude, and they continue to provide financial support with annual donations to the hospital. Averitt Cares for Kids presented St. Jude with a donation of $350,000 in 2009.
“Averitt associates have always placed the utmost importance on giving back to the communities in which we live and work,” says Gary Sasser, president and chief executive officer of Cookeville, Tenn.-based Averitt. “We truly believe that there is no better way for us to accomplish that than through our support of St. Jude. Being recognized as the Employee Giving Partner of the Year is an extraordinary honor for us.”
“We are so blessed to have compassionate champions of the St. Jude mission who are dedicated to helping our doctors and researchers find cures and save children battling catastrophic diseases,” says Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fund-raising organization of St. Jude. “Their generous support brings us closer to achieving our founder Danny Thomas’ dream of a day when ‘no child will die in the dawn of life.’ On behalf of everyone at St. Jude, congratulations and thank you to all of our award winners.”