For the 10th consecutive year, Wayne Farms Decatur has made the American Cancer Society’s Nationwide Top Ten roster, after local team members raised more than $109,000 for the society’s signature Relay For Life fundraiser. Undaunted by COVID- 19’s impact on fundraising possibilities in 2020, the local team held various campaigns on site at the company’s Decatur Fresh and Prepared Foods facilities, hosting bake sales, holiday ornament and wreath sales and even sponsored company contestants in the “Real Men Wear Pink” fundraising competition. Their relentless efforts put the company in the top 10 of fundraising teams nationwide and helped put Decatur over the top and in the winner’s circle as the top Relay For Life fundraiser in the entire country.
Beckie Patrick, Wayne Farms senior administrative assistant at the Decatur Facility said participation was outstanding even in the face of COVID-19. Historically, the company’s popular RFL charity golf tournament is the largest single fundraising element in the campaign but had to be cancelled due to COVID concerns. Patrick, who has been running the local Wayne Farms RLF effort for a decade, didn’t miss a beat and set out to involve team members at every level from line staff to senior managers.
“We even got some of the guys to sign up for “Real Men Wear Pink” for the first time, and they raised $14,000 right out of the gate,” said Patrick. “I couldn’t be more proud.” Under her leadership as Team Captain, Wayne Farms Decatur has raised more than $1.28 million in the last ten years for Relay For Life. This year the company received the 2020 Spirit of Relay Award, recognizing those who go above and beyond to help the American Cancer
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