2017 OPTIMA Batteries Healing Heroes in Action


This past Friday on Gull Lake in Minnesota, OPTIMA Batteries and sponsored angler Edwin Evers brought a friendly competition to four Purple Heart veterans in the OPTIMA Batteries Healing Heroes in Action event. The event raises funds for the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation through an online auction on Edwin’s Facebook page. All the proceeds from the auction go directly to the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation. The program has raised nearly $30,000 for the foundation since its inception in 2015.

In its third annual year, Edwin was joined by Elite Pro anglers Ish Monroe and Todd Faircloth to team up with the veterans.

“It’s a way we as Elite anglers can give back to these guys who have given so much,” said Edwin.

Veterans Daniel Berryman, Jon French and Derek VanBuren – all Michigan natives and outdoorsmen who were deployed in Afghanistan together. The fourth team consisted of Bubba Dukes and his veteran partner Clayton Carver who bid $7,000 on the opportunity to participate through the online auction on Edwin’s Facebook.

At the end of the day, Ish and his veteran partner Derek weighed in at 16.51 pounds winning the competition. See below for the final standings:

  • Ish and Derek at 16.51 pounds
  • Edwin and Dan at 15.27 pounds
  • Todd and Jon at 14.06 pounds
  • Bubba and Clayton at 12.63 pounds

See more photos from the 2017 Healing Heroes in Action event in the photo gallery below and on our Facebook page.