Indianapolis — Bryant and the USO of Indiana recently hosted a group of wounded veterans and troops from all four branches of the military at its Indianapolis Motor Speedway suite. The event featured visits from distinguished guests from across Indiana and also gave attendees the opportunity to visit the pit areas to interact with race teams and drivers. Bryant is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
Bryant joined the USO of Indiana to host approximately 100 individuals, including a half dozen wounded veterans receiving extended treatment at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis. The event was held on Armed Forces Pole Day, where race teams compete for the pole position and the final slots in the Indianapolis 500.
The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 was held on Sunday, May 28. Bryant is the longest running non-automotive sponsor associated with the Indianapolis 500, with their backing of 2013 winner Tony Kanaan.
“The USO of Indiana could not perform its mission without the support of generous corporate sponsors like Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems and we are incredibly grateful for their support,” said Charles Ridings, executive director, USO of Indiana. “This is one of the largest and easily most popular events we hold each year and it’s a wonderful experience for so many Indiana troops to spend time with the drivers and the race teams. These are incredible memories for our military community and we couldn’t do it without the support of Bryant and its Indianapolis employees.”
Bryant employees, some of whom are also military veterans, served as hosts for the event. Alongside the Bryant True Heroes program, this event marked another investment for Bryant in supporting communities across North America.
“Bryant has a strong history of supporting the communities where it does business as well as being closely linked to the Indianapolis 500,” said Matthew Pine, vice president, Marketing, Bryant. “This event with the USO of Indiana adds to that legacy and demonstrates our commitment to supporting diverse groups across the country and close to home. We are thankful for all these troops do and are grateful for this opportunity to show our appreciation with this unique event.”