RELEASE: May 12, 2014
CONTACT: Richard Lewis (301-452-4202)
Virginia Beach, Virginia – The Log A Load For Kids Foundation conferred its 2014 National Log A Load For Kids® Volunteer Champion Award on Allen Farley, Chair of Arkansas’s River Valley Log A Load For Kids chapter, at the Forest Resources Association’s Annual Awards Dinner, May 8 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.An employee of Green Bay
Packaging’s Morrilton, Arkansas mill, Allen Farley has built visibility for the Log A Load For Kids campaign throughout the River Valley region, working with print reporters, giving radio interviews, speaking to civic clubs, and reaching out to area businessmen. The chapter’s annual fundraising event attracts over 600 supporters and consistently raises over $100,000 annually to support Arkansas Children’s Hospital.Conferring the Award, Log A Load For Kids Foundation Chair, Rich Palermo, noted,
“Allen Farley is a humble man, and he’s the first to say that all credit for the River Valleyregion’s extraordinary work goes to the community and its volunteers. But he’s the instigator. His enthusiasm and the passion he has for Log A Load show in everything he does.”
Accepting the Award, Allen Farley stated, “When I was informed that I was chosen, I said, this is a great honor, but I’ll only accept this award on behalf of team Arkansas. It’s about natural resource professionals, loggers, mills, and many others.”
Speaking of Arkansas, Farley pointed out, “On the one hand, we’re forty-ninth in per-capita income, but we’re first or second in giving. We have big hearts. I challenge each and every one of you to do this in your states. I want you to come to Arkansas to see the big hearts. I challenge you each to set your heart on fire.”
He also thanked his employer, Green Bay Packaging, for sponsoring his attendance at the ceremony.
Log A Load For Kids is an annual campaign, which encourages loggers and others in the forest products community to donate the value of one load of logs, or any amount, to local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Log A Load For Kids is a national leader in CMN fundraising. For more information, or to donate funds to a CMN-affiliated hospital in your area, please visit www.logaload.org.
Caption for photo: “Log A Load For Kids® Foundation Chair Rich Palermo (left) congratulates Log A Load 2014 Volunteer Champion Allen Farley.”