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[image: thumbnail]The company led the chapter’s employee donation segment and placed in the top three for Central Georgia donations.

Fort Valley, GA (September 25, 2014) – Over 1,600 Blue Bird employees enthusiastically rallied to support the Central Georgia Chapter of the American Heart and Stroke Association and its 2014 Heart Walk. Blue Bird led the local chapter’s employee donation segment by contributing over $17,000, in addition to becoming one of the top three fundraising companies in Central Georgia. After setting an impressive initial goal of $10,000, the company quickly surpassed the target within eight weeks.

The company’s donation was raised through employee and community contributions, bake sales, dunking booths and raffles for premium items. This year’s donation highlights Blue Bird’s continuing commitment to the American Heart and Stroke Association and the Central Georgia community. In 2013, Blue Bird donated just over $14,000 to the local chapter. Within the community, Blue Bird participates and supports numerous charities through volunteerism, corporate and employee contributions, as well as contributions from its annual supplier golf tournament.

Heart disease is the number one silent killer in the United States, with strokes serving as the number four cause. Locally, the Central Georgia chapter of the American Heart and Stroke Association provides research assistance, CPR training and educational support.

“We are delighted to support the American Heart and Stroke Association. It is a terrific organization and we’re pleased that our employees’ donations can help fight this terrible disease,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “The enthusiasm and generosity displayed by Blue Bird employees is a testament to our community-oriented workforce.”

“The American Heart & Stroke Association thanks Blue Bird employees for all of their hard work dedication to the Central Georgia Heart Walk,” said Kellie Thigpen McKenzie, regional director for the American Heart and Stroke Association. “With the support of generous donors like Blue Bird, we are able to better fight the number one killer of all Americans. Congratulations on surpassing your initial goal and raising over $17,000.”

Photos available upon request.

Posted on 2014-09-25

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Director of Transportation
Hilton Central School District
Hilton, NY

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