The dedication and naming ceremony for The Perdue Family Living Well Education Center at MAC Inc., the Area Agency on Aging, was held recently at an event attended by a full house of area legislators, and honored donors and guests.
“The Perdue family knows of the valuable services that organizations like MAC provide to our aging populations here and throughout the footprint of Perdue,” said Jim Perdue, chairman, Perdue Farms.
“Our family is honored to be a part of the growth and continued success of MAC by making a gift of this nature to assure that our elderly neighbors, many of whom are our former Perdue associates, have the resources and education opportunities they need to continue to live full and enjoyable lives here on the Shore,” he said.
Funding for the education center included a grant from the Perdue Family Trust.
The new center includes three classrooms, all equipped with Smart classroom technology.
The Perdue Family Living Well Education Center is home to the non-profit organization, the Association for Lifelong Learning, which offers courses taught by retired professionals on a variety of topics, such as art, history, music and the environment – learning for the sake of learning.
Other classrooms host a variety of evidence-based classes such as chronic disease, diabetes and pain self-management, Cancer Thriving and Surviving, falls prevention, and healthy cooking, classes that are “shepherding the statewide expansion of programs to empower persons with chronic conditions to live a healthy life,” said Margaret A. “Peggy” Bradford, MAC executive director.
“These classes have demonstrated, through research, to improve quality of life, reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations, reduce medical expenditures, and maximize independence as we age,” she added.
In expressing gratitude to the Perdue family for providing their name to the building, Bradford noted the Perdue name is associated with quality, integrity, community stewardship and commitment to education.
“Everywhere you look in this community you see evidence of the Perdue’s commitment and dedication to family values passing their core values from generation to generation,” Bradford said.
About MAC Inc.
MAC Inc., founded in 1972, is the designated Area on Agency on Aging and disability resource center for Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. MAC’s mission is to preserve dignity and promote optimal health and independence of older adults through services and education.
About the Perdue Family Trust
Frank Perdue, in his generous manner, set aside money from his estate for his family to have discretion in awarding. These funds were to be used to better the regions where members of the Perdue Family live in the name of the Perdue Family and the legacy of philanthropy that Frank would have loved to see continue.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®,PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM®and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.