Petra's recent 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, held as part of its 30th anniversary commemoration, raised a total of $100,000 for five charities (see our online story in Dealerscope Today's Friday, October 9th edition), but it did more than that. It demonstrated a company history of community-mindedness - a "giving back" philosophy that underlies its way of doing business.
Along with holding the Tournament this year, Petra launched its Hope-In-One program, designed to honor longtime supporters of the Tournament and their dedication to giving back to the community. The program solicited suggestions from supporters about charities that had significance in their lives, and whom the supporters deemed worthy of consideration to receive Tournament support. From those nominated, Petra selected three additional charities to add to the benefactor list. The total of five charities honored were: Whiz Kids Oklahoma; Mercy Multiplied; Wounded Warrior Project; FedEx FamilyHouse; and Oklahoma Project Woman.
"Being able to give back to the community is such an important part of Petra, and the support of this Tournament every year proves over and over again that it is also important to our business partners," said Bill Stewart, Petra's founder and CEO. "That is why we were so excited to create the Hope-In-One initiative and be able to extend our financial reach so much further and give to so many more causes that fill crucial needs within so many communities."