HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Bob Evans Farms, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, today was honored with the American Meat Institute’s Edward C. Jones Community Service Award. CEO Steve Davis accepted the award, which was presented during the AMI Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase, October 4-6, 2006, in Hollywood, Fla.
AMI Chairman Robert
Manly, executive vice president of Smithfield
Foods, Inc., presented the award. “The great
Bob Hope once said, “If you haven’t got any
charity in your heart, you’ve got the worst
kind of heart trouble,” Manly said. “The
Team Members at Bob Evans Farms have
demonstrated just how healthy – and big --
their hearts are.”
When Bob Evans
employees lost their colleague and friend Cindy
Akers to breast cancer in December 2005, the
employees rallied in her memory, forming
“Team Bob Evans” and launching a major
effort to raise money for the Komen Columbus
Race for the Cure. The company proudly notes
that this was not a corporate-sponsored
initiative. Rather, it was a 14-week
grassroots effort from across all areas of the
company. Colleagues saddened by their loss
came together to do something positive by
raising funds to find a cure.
Evans set a goal to raise $30,000 for the race.
They launched bake sales, garage sales,
silent auctions, a car wash, a bowl-a-thon and
many other activities. When race time came,
the Team had raised $103,000 and paid a
touching and fitting tribute to their friend.
“This team effort mirrors many of Bob
Evans Farms’ corporate efforts in all the
communities where they operate,” Manly said.
The company’s many philanthropic efforts
focus on families and children – “areas
that reflect our values and the interests of
our employees, customers and stockholders,”
the company says.
The award is named in honor former AMI
Board member, the late Edward C. Jones of Jones
Dairy Farm, in Ft. Atkinson, Wisc., who was a
model of community service.
Bob Evans Farms, Inc., Honored With American Meat Institute Edward C. Jones Community Service AwardThursday, October 5, 2006
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