Golfers and volunteers at the Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Outing raised more than $84,000 for burn survivor organizations.[/caption] More than $84,000 was raised for burn-injury survivors at the Illinois Burn Prevention Association’s (IBPA) 19th Annual Burn Prevention Golf Invitational on June 3rd at Willow Crest Golf Club at the Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook. One hundred and thirty-four golfers participated in the event. [caption id="attachment_3889" align="alignright" width="259"] Donations were made to IFSA’s “Camp I Am Me,” Loyola University – Stritch School of Medicine, From Tragedy to Triumph Foundation, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, and Common Voices.[/caption] Money raised from the event was donated to the following organizations:

Money was raised through sponsorships, primarily from members of the fire sprinkler industry, live and silent auctions, and prize raffles. In the past 19 years, the event has raised nearly $1.3 million for burn survivors. Event chair Fred Kroll, United States Alliance Fire Protection, says he and the event committee members were very excited about the success of the event. “With a nearly 30% increase in fundraising from last year, we exceeded our expectations for this year. Through the generosity of those who participate, we have been able to continue expanding our charitable giving to organizations for burn survivors not only in Illinois, but also nationally,” says Kroll. Guest speakers included Ron Kittle, former Chicago White Sox baseball player, and Jamie Nieto, burn survivor and PGA golf professional at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Nieto spoke about his experience as a burn survivor. After receiving third-degree burns to over half his body, he was told he would never be able to golf again. Instead of giving up, he successfully proved his naysayers wrong. He credited some of the IBPA-supported burn survivor organizations for helping him cope with his injury and motivating him to professionally golf. “Jamie Nieto’s life story illustrates how burn survivors can overcome their injuries and achieve their dreams through assistance from the wonderful organizations the Illinois Burn Prevention Association supports,” notes Kroll. “Next year, we will celebrate 20 years of making a difference in the burn survivor community,” adds Kroll.  ]]>