It may be all about the Benjamins, but it's not always about the bottom line. The fund to revitalize the Lake Harrison recreational area in Harrison, Ark., is richer by 10,000 Benjamins (that's Franklin, not Harrison), thanks to a contri bution from a civic-minded corporation, FedEx Freight. The $1 million donation, which jumpstarts a $4 million fundraising effort, will be disbursed in $100K annual donations over the next 10 years.
The largest company in Harrison, FedEx Freight employs more than 1,000 residents of the community. The company, formerly Arkansas Freightways before being renamed American Freightways in 1993 and FedEx Freight in 2002 after its acquisition by FedEx Corp., was founded in Harrison in 1982 and has deep roots in the community.
"At FedEx Freight, we are committed to the communities in which we operate and live. We are pleased to support the Harrison community in this worthwhile endeavor," says Patrick L. Reed, president and CEO of FedEx Freight East. "By offering greater opportunities for our youth to fully develop their leadership and teambuilding skills, we are investing in the business and civic leaders of tomorrow. Further, by enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve, we ensure that we continue to recruit and retain the outstanding employees who make our company strong."