Averitt Express employees match largest contribution to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with $500,000 donation

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (March 31, 2016) — Truck drivers and other employees of Averitt Express raised $500,000 in 2015 that was recently donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a formal event held at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The donation was fueled by weekly contributions from Averitt employees during 2015 as part of Averitt Cares for Kids, the company’s charitable employee-giving program. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its inception in 2016, Averitt Cares for Kids has contributed nearly $8 million to various charities, a total that includes more than $5 million to St. Jude.

This year’s $500,000 contribution to St. Jude matches the company’s largest employee-contribution in history, which was in 2008.

Thanks to the generous support of Averitt Express and its associates, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

“An important part of our team’s culture is the idea of ‘The Power of One,’” said Gary Sasser, Averitt’s chairman and CEO. “With weekly donations of just $1, our associates have shown the power of one dollar, and the power of working together as a team for a good cause. I am truly humbled by our team’s willingness to provide support to families everywhere who are affected by childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases.”

In September 2007, Averitt Cares for Kids completed a $1.5 million endowment to help fund the initial construction of the St. Jude Leukemia and Lymphoma Clinic, through which the majority of St. Jude patients are treated. Averitt associates' most recent contribution will continue to support the groundbreaking research and lifesaving care at St. Jude, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Clinic.

In recognition of Averitt Cares for Kids' contributions, St. Jude has twice honored Averitt Express with its “Employee Giving Company of the Year” distinction.

More information about “Averitt Cares for Kids” can be found at AverittExpress.com/AverittCares.

Above: During the recent visit to present St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the 2015 Averitt Cares for Kids donation, Louisville operations manager Jimmy Hoskins shares some quality time with a patient.

About Averitt Express

Celebrating its 45th year of service, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. The company is a founding SmartWay℠ partner and a member of The Reliance Network™, a network of carriers that provides seamless LTL services throughout North America. Averitt specializes in delivering customized transportation solutions that include cross-border, dedicated, expedited ground/air, intermodal COFC/TOFC, international ocean/air, local customization, less-than-truckload, PortSide®, retail solutions, temperature-controlled, transportation management, truckload (dry van, flatbed, brokerage) and warehousing services. Averitt's technology offerings include a full suite of web-based shipping tools, electronic data interchange (EDI), warehouse management systems (WMS), and transportation and operations management systems. Together, these services and technology solutions provide "The Power of One" to shippers, allowing them access to multiple transportation solutions from a single provider. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT (283-7488) or visit AverittExpress.com.