Interstate Batteries gives back: Egg in the hand worth $5,000
Every ounce of hope matters.
That’s the lesson after eight team members from Battery Bowl team No. 43 visited Children’s Medical Center Monday, June 10, to donate $5,000 to support their hope-giving, life-changing activities and care.
Interstate Batteries joins a 100-year legacy of donors to support the pediatric health center that does everything it can – from altering the heights of murals and mirrors to employing the most talented pediatric specialists in the country – to change the life of every patient they receive.
Team 43 voted unanimously to support Children’s. The Battery Bowl winners donated Interstate pit road hats, the Interstate Batteries 2013 calendar, Interstate racing T-shirts and a box of the white-hot No. 18 Interstate racecar.
Team Captain Regina Thorsov, infamous egg-catcher Charlie Brim, Charles Daniel and Scott Egbert all chose Children’s because they know or have young children who needed serious medical care.
In fact, probably everyone in Dallas has had family, friends or neighbors who have had an experience through Children’s, said Director of Development Bill Braem. Bill leads the foundation that supports all seven of Children’s DFW campuses.
Started 100 years ago as tents for treating ill babies, Children’s Medical Center now employs 6,000 people, operates the fifth-largest pediatric hospital in America and sees an average of 383 patients a day. And Children’s is anything but average.
Along with the classic trainscape, Children’s now sports a new touch-enabled donor recognition wall where children see all the generosity powering the hospital. There’s also Seacrest Studios, named for American Idol’s host whose foundation started Children’s new on-site radio and TV studio running the Red Balloon Network. The studio is on the air every day, offering regular programming as well as live performances from celebrities like Taylor Swift and Sting.
It may be the first year for Interstate’s Battery Bowl winners to make a charitable donation, but it won’t be the last. As Charlie told Children’s director of development, this level of community involvement is something that Interstate stands for and “what we’ve always been about for 60 years.”
Through the Chaplain’s Group, Interstate has given back to the community for decades. This donation, though, added an element of that care for the community to the fun of Battery Bowl. Giving the check, touring the facility, and meeting the team who works so hard to ensure hope for the young and sick “was one of the best things Interstate has done during my time here.”
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