Panther Expedite CEO Hits the Road Raising Funds for Toys for Tots
Fourth annual fundraiser raises money and donations for less fortunate
SEVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 11, 2012
SEVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Panther Expedite, the global
leader of Premium Logistics® specializing in time-sensitive and high-value
freight announces the launch of their Fill the Truck fundraiser on behalf of
Toys for Tots. Partnering with local Marine Corps League #569, this annual
event features Panther C.E.O. Andy Clarke driving a donated straight truck to
move client cargo with all proceeds from the transportation donated to Toys
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Beginning with an internal fundraiser after Thanksgiving, Panther's employees
and business partners were challenged to raise funds and donate. At a
community event on December 9th, with activities for families and a visit from
Santa Claus, Panther employees gathered to celebrate the season and wish Andy
well as he begins his drive across the United States. For a week Andy will
pick-up and deliver Panther's client cargo using a donated truck, with all
proceeds from transportation going to Toys for Tots. Andy will send updates
from the road through @PantherExpedite, Panther's Twitter account and also
This is the fourth year of the Fill the Truck fundraiser that has brought over
$75,000 in cash and toy donations on behalf of Panther and its partners. It
began in 2009 when Andy and CIO Ed Wadel drove a Panther sprinter van for a
week. The next year Andy secured his Commercial Driver's License and he hit
the road with a 22-foot straight truck with Owner-Operator Lyn Brumfield who
will accompany Andy again for the third year. This year driving together with
a truck supplied by Fyda Freightliner, they will traverse state lines and
battle inclement weather while moving time-sensitive cargo with proceeds
benefiting less fortunate families.
"The holiday season is the peak season for many of Panther's customers with
critical freight, and we are always up to the challenge, however this is also
a season when we reflect back and consider how fortunate we are," said Clarke.
"Our Fill the Truck fundraiser is perhaps my favorite way Panther gives back
to the community, giving us a chance to raise awareness and donations for a
needed and worthy cause."
About Panther Expedite
For shippers and manufacturers who need supply chain logistics and expedited
transportation, Panther Logistics is the global leader of Premium Logistics®.
For time-sensitive, high value, special security, and for normal supply chain
needs Panther offers flexibility like no other transportation or 3PL company.
With local expertise backed by 24/7 customer service and specialized
vertical-specific solutions, we are the leader in superior customer service,
focus on quality, and on-time performance. Unlike traditional transportation
and 3PL companies, only Panther has the largest fleet of specialized
equipment, with industry-leading technology, and a network that can
accommodate any shipment schedule or timeframe. Panther is a subsidiary of
Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), with more information available
online at http://www.pantherexpedite.com/.
About Toys for Tots
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization
authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps to provide fundraising and other necessary
support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its
65th year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to less fortunate
children through the gift of a new toy or book during the Christmas holiday
season. Our gifts offer these children hope, recognition, and a positive
memory they will cherish for a lifetime. In 2011, Marines distributed toys to
more than 7.2 million children who might not have otherwise experienced the
magic of the Christmas holiday season.
SOURCE Panther Expedite
Contact: Jamie Bell, Marketing Coordinator, +1-800-685-0657 Ext. 3618,
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