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Great Course, Great Cause: Interstate Batteries Sponsors Operation Appreciation

June 24th, 2015 by
One foursome at the Operation Appreciation tournament included NAC's David Bytnar (right) and one of his important customers.

One foursome at the Operation Appreciation tournament included NAC’s David Bytnar (right) and one of his important customers.

Almost 200 golfers, including Wounded Warriors and active-duty military, played in Sunday’s Operation Appreciation golf tournament, sponsored by Interstate Batteries and Interstate All Battery Centers.

Heavy rains on Memorial Day weekend forced the event to reschedule for Father’s Day. It was to be the official kick off of the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament at the TPC Four Seasons course in Las Colinas.

Interstate's Charlie Brim (left) with Aaron Lauterbach and Cynthia Mitchell.

Interstate’s Charlie Brim (left) with Aaron Lauterbach and Cynthia Mitchell.

Sunday’s tournament started off soggy, too, but the rain moved on and allowed the groups to play through.

The Operation Appreciation event benefits the nationally acclaimed Momentous Institute in Oak Cliff and North Dallas. The Institute serves 6,000 kids and family members with odds-changing education and other services.

Chris Willis, Vice President of Interstate’s Talent Group, worked the event as a member of the Salesmanship Club, which runs the AT&T Byron Nelson. He said the values of the Momentous Institute harmonize with Interstate’s.

When the rain went away, the course's mascot came out to play. We told him all about Interstate Batteries, and he was all ears.

When the rain went away, the course’s mascot came out to play. We told him all about Interstate Batteries, and he was all ears.

Interstate Batteries Team Members Chevelle Freeman, Cynthia Mitchell, Jermaine McCord and their family members and friends volunteered with Charlie Brim at the event Sunday. David Bytnar played in the tournament with an important National Accounts customer.

“It was great to have the opportunity to chat with some of the golfers and speculate on which individual was the ‘pro’ prior to them starting the first round,” Chevelle said. “I also enjoyed getting a chance to get to know Chris Willis and Charlie on more of a personal level.”

From left: Jermaine McCord, his wife ShaRon and daughter Celese, and Charlie Brim.

From left: Jermaine McCord, his wife ShaRon and daughter Celese, and Charlie Brim.

Jermaine said volunteering with his wife and daughter made his Father’s Day special.

“It meant so much to have both the two women I love and adore with me, serving beside me as we served others,” he said. “It’s a characteristic I’m instilling within my daughter for her to carry into her adult years.

“Seeing those veterans’ smiling faces and the camaraderie they showed for each other was priceless. Some teams were built with random members, and they all respected each other’s rank without a uniform being worn.”

Interstate Batteries will sponsor Operation Appreciation again next year.

By James Pecht (177 Posts)

James Pecht writes about franchising, battery technology, tips, racing and company culture for Interstate Batteries.


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