Lowe’s and the USO recently treated hundreds of servicemen and women and their families to a day at the ballpark and cookout event headlined by a charity grill-off at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. to thank the U.S. armed forces for their services and celebrate the Fourth of July.
“Grill Sergeants” from each branch of the military put their grilling skills to the test during an all-star grilling competition. The winner, Lance Cpl. Noah Bratcher of the U.S. Marines and his wife Cassandra, created the best burger among six branch chefs who fired up their Master Forge grills. The Marines won bragging rights, and Lowe’s donated $100,000 to the USO on its behalf.
Chefs from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy were given 40 minutes to turn a recipe with surprise ingredients into a burger worth saluting. Celebrities Carson Daly and Brooklyn Decker attended the event in support of the troops and served as judges alongside Elaine Rodgers, president and CEO, USO of Metropolitan Washington, and Tom Lamb, Lowe’s chief marketing officer. Each team won gift cards and a grilling prize package for participating in the event.
Military families participated in free activities, including movie-themed build and grow clinics, face painting, cornhole tournaments, behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark, a picnic-style cookout and more.