Brighton Tru-Edge team members participated in the second annual Andrew Lang Memorial Golf Outing on Sept. 10th and the Sunflower Rev It Up for Parkinson’s Walk, Ride, Run, Learn on Sept. 11th.
In total, more than 250 Brighton Tru-Edge employees and their family and friends volunteered their time, raising approximately $20,000 in support of the charitable events.
“Both events went well, and we’re proud of everyone who joined us. Even with the weather issues for the golf outing on Saturday, everyone played at least 10 holes before the rain. And one group finished all 18,” says Director of Sales Rich Wonder.
“I walked in the 5K portion of the Sunflower Rev on Sunday, and it was a great day. It was inspiring to see the group that (Vice President of Sales and Marketing) Steve Hammoor led. It was the largest group at the event.”
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Second Annual Andrew Lang Memorial Golf Outing
The event is held in honor of Andrew Lang, the late son of Brighton Tru-Edge President Mark Lang and a former Enerfab employee. Lang was a nine-year military veteran who served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 34.
The money raised goes to Fisher House Cincinnati, a program that provides a free “home away from home” for families of patients receiving care at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Last year’s tournament raised more than $12,000.
“The golf outing and dinner afterward were terrific,” Mark Lang said of the event held at Beckett Ridge Golf Club in West Chester, Ohio. “We had more than 200 people between golf and dinner, and we anticipate having a larger donation to give the Fisher House than we did last year.”
Sunflower Rev It Up for Parkinson’s Walk, Ride, Run, Learn
The event held in downtown Cincinnati benefits the research and educational efforts of the Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute. Hammoor’s group raised more than $8,000 and led all teams at the event with 77 members.
“It was a humbling experience and an awesome feeling to be part of the biggest team at such an incredible event,” Hammoor says. “We want to thank everyone for helping us raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease research.”
Overall, 800 people participated in the Sunflower Rev, raising more than $150,000 for Parkinson’s research.
Hammoor also got to meet U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a supporter of the event, and Sunflower Rev grand marshal Dave Parker, a former Major League Baseball All-Star and MVP who played four seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.
Like Parker, Hammoor has Parkinson’s disease. He came away impressed with Parker’s ability to be an ambassador for those with the disease.
“Dave Parker is going through some of the same things I am. It can happen to anyone. It’s just about how you deal with it,” Hammoor says. “He’s just like anybody else. At the event, he was so down to earth and would talk to anyone.”
Brighton has worked to be a difference maker in Greater Cincinnati for more than 100 years. Read more about Brighton’s belief in being active participants and leaders in the community.