The World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational puts Akron on the national stage every summer and because of that, some of the area's most well-known charities are represented in a unique way.
Sandy Becker-Neidert, Executive Vice Chair of Gates and Admissions said that all the concession stand located throughout the South Course at Firestone Country Club are operated by charitable organizations.
Sandy Becker Neidert by Aaron Coleman
"We have over 1 thousand volunteers who staff all of the concession stands and they do everything from cooking the burgers and grilled chicken, running the cashier, to serving our customers," Neidert said.
"We have 9 concession stands this year run by 5 different charites."
This year the WGC has Edwin Shaw Hospital, which is the longest-standing volunteer charity, St. Mary's Church of Hudson, Wesley Temple A.M.E, Cornerstone Church of Akron, and the American Diabetes Association.
Sandy points out that each of the groups and their volunteers are a special group of people.
"It is just fun, we have volunteers of all ages and walks of life coming together for whatever organization they're working for."
One of the points that some of the volunteers laugh about is that Sandy started out as a burger-flipper 27 years ago.
Becker-Neidert points out that Edwin Shaw's money from the tournament goes to the Par 3 Challenge golf course, which works with amputees and stroke victims, while the three churches will donate proceeds to youth programs in the Akron area.
For the next few days, many people will come through the turnstyles at Firestone Country Club and make a stop at one of the concession stands.
Becker-Neidert points out those who attend will not only receive good food at a good price, but support any number of noteworthy causes.
"Everything they buy goes directly to our charities in the Akron area, which is wonderful, because it goes to those who need the most help."
For more information about volunteering, call any of the organizations that are assisting with this year's event, or you can call the Northern Ohio Charities at their tournament headquarters to see about helping out in 2013.