Braun Dealer Reels In Fun With Paralyzed Veterans
We can't say it enough: our dealers across the country are incredibly active and involved in their customers' communities. Not a weekend goes by that they aren't supporting or fundraising for an individual, organization or cause....and that's especially true in the summer.
Over the weekend we received some photos from the crew at Advanced Mobility Systems of Texas after they spent a couple days on Lake Ray Hubbard in Garland, TX for the Lone Star PVA Annual Fishing Tournament. Guy Tucker, President of Advanced Mobility, as well as Kevin Quesenberry and Mike Shipka from the Mesquite location and Craig Holmes from the Fort Worth store, were on hand to volunteer.
The two-day bass fishing competition pairs a disabled veteran with a boat captain to fish for a number of titles, both from the boat and off the dock and as individuals and teams. While they can get a little help with baiting and hooking, the fisherman or woman is required to cast and reel the fish in completely on his or her own...and some competitors have come up with sophisticated systems to overcome any lack of strength.
"They don't expect anything in return for the service they've given their country. This is just our chance to show our appreciation in return."
"They definitely take it very seriously," said Quesenberry, who regularly volunteers for the event, doing everything from baiting hooks for fishermen to serving as a "traffic cop" on the water to guide boaters through the weigh-in navigation.
The attendance was outstanding, despite the 100-degree heat. An estimated 100 fishermen drove their wheelchair vans from hundreds, even thousands of miles away to compete (one even hauled his boat all the way from Washington DC to take part). The dealership had the opportunity to award a $500 check to the winner of the "Biggest Fish Off the Dock" title, and Guy Tucker was also recognized by the LSPVA for a generous donation and his regular support of the organization.
The volunteers, the veterans and everyone involved had a terrific time. And we're happy to hear that the parking lot was full of Entervans and Rampvans belonging to the local vets. "
They're inspiring," said Quesenberry of the veterans he's gotten to know through the tournament. "They don't expect anything in return for the service they've given their country. This is just our chance to show our appreciation in return."
Thank you to Advanced Mobility and all the dealers who are out supporting our customers and communities during their weekends and off-hours. We'd love to hear how your BraunAbility dealer goes the extra mile to support a cause close to your heart...if you have a story, please give your dealer a shout-out!