Turkey producer David Jaindl, owner of Jaindl Farms, has honored veterans in his own special way, by hosting a Tough Mudder event at one of the company's farms in Heidelberg Township, Penn. Jaindl's motivation to host this event, which attracted 22,000 participants and 8,000 spectators was stimulated by Tough Mudder's commitment to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Jaindl decided early on to commit all of his net proceeds received from the Jaindl Farms Tough Mudder event to charity with the "lion's share" going to the Wounded Warrior Project. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The organization raises awareness and enlists the public's aid for the needs of injured service members. It helps injured servicemen and women help one another, and provides unique direct programs and services to meet their needs.
In the fall of 2013, Jaindl contacted the Wounded Warrior Project headquarters, located in Jacksonville, Florida and reached retired United States Marine Corps Lt. Denis M. Oliverio, director of Major Gifts. Given the level of this gift, Oliverio felt it would be appropriate to make the trip to Pennsylvania to receive the contribution in person. Oliverio is not only employed by the Wounded Warrior Project, but is a wounded warrior himself.
While in Pennsylvania, Oliverio spoke briefly about his experiences during an assembly for history students at Parkland High School in South Whitehall Township and then accepted the contribution from Jaindl. Local dignitaries were also present.
A check for $50,000 was presented to Oliverio from Jaindl on behalf of the David Jaindl family. The contribution was strongly supported by Jaindl's family and staff, many who are service veterans themselves and who collectively spent more than 600 hours to prepare the land for the Tough Mudder event.
"Wounded Warriors such as Denis deserve our sincere appreciation. It is important to take the time to honor our servicemen and servicewomen, not only on Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, but every day. There is no more worthwhile cause than the Wounded Warrior Project," said David Jaindl. "With this gift, we give them our thanks."