David Duke of National Express Corp. (center) accepted the Hero Award presented to Durham School Services by Dave Breen of Special Olympics Illinois (left) at the organization's annual appreciation dinner. They are pictured with Special Olympics athlete/global messenger Garrett Anderson.
WARRENVILLE, Ill. — School bus contractor Durham School Services was recently presented with a Maggiano’s Hero Award from Special Olympics Illinois at the organization’s annual appreciation dinner in Schaumburg, Ill.
The event was emceed by Chris Boden, Comcast SportsNet anchor, and recognized outstanding supporters of Special Olympics Illinois.
Special Olympics Illinois recognized Durham for its consistent support and volunteerism in the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby since the event began in 2006; for providing buses and drivers for the Polar Plunge in Lake Bluff and Palatine, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull at O’Hare Airport for the past three years; and for collecting new sports equipment for Area 2 as part of its annual Christmas drive last year.
“We are truly grateful for the many ways that Durham School Services and its employees have embraced the athletes and mission of Special Olympics Illinois,” said Dave Breen, president and CEO.
“We are honored to receive this award from Special Olympics Illinois and are proud to support such a worthwhile organization,” said David Duke, CEO of National Express Corp., which operates Durham School Services in the U.S. and Stock Transportation in Canada.
Duke went on to say that Durham embraces the Special Olympics cause and admires what the organization does for the participating athletes.
“I am grateful to all of our employees who have stepped up to volunteer their time and resources to Special Olympics events,” Duke added. “Serving the communities in which we operate is a primary value at Durham School Services, and these employees genuinely demonstrate this company priority.”
Durham has partnered with Special Olympics to support local events across the country for the past 15 years.