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Burn Center Golf Invitational Celebrates 27 Years of Giving

bcgi-2015-2On August 31, the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA-WI) hosted 148 golfers and an additional 20 dinner guests at the 27th Annual Burn Center Golf Invitational (BCGI) at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva.

This year, the BCGI raised approximately $87,000 to benefit the following programs and charities:

  • $5,000 for the Newspapers in Education Fire Safety Program, an interactive state-certified educational linkage program delivered by newspaper to more than 250,000 fourth through seventh graders in Wisconsin.
  • $5,000 for a special account dedicated to educate fire inspectors about the operation and value of fire sprinklers.
  • Seventy percent of remaining money raised to benefit Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center for programming advanced medical care. Additionally, more is targeted to the Columbia St. Mary’s Burn Prevention Education Fund, which provides burn prevention programming brought directly to Wisconsin workplaces.
  • Burn survivor Jeff Jordan was the guest speaker.

    Burn survivor Jeff Jordan was the guest speaker.

    Thirty percent of remaining money is earmarked for the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation‘s Alliance for Fire Safety programs including the Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth. Also, past donations have helped provide scholarships for burn survivors to attend the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors‘ World Burn Congress and the Alliance for Fire Safety Winter Leadership Program.

The evening program included a presentation by burn survivor, Jeff Jordan. Jordan spoke about his experiences with the Burn Camp, Winter Leadership Program, World Burn Congress and Young Burn Survivor Conference. He thanked attendees for their continued support that allows for the programs to run. After Jordan spoke, the Fund-a-Cause auction raised $6,350 to assist the Winter Leadership Program.

Ball drop

Ball drop

The ever-popular Ball Drop netted nearly $5,000 for the event. One hundred golf balls were released from a Lake Geneva Fire Department ladder truck with the closest to the pin splitting half the board of eight boards.

BCGI Chairman Dan Gengler expressed his appreciation of the steering and event committee, including NFSA-WI Chapter members Steve Sferra (USA Fire Protection), Jim Henry (Potter Roemer), Ron Bergquist (Viking Supply) and Marty King (state coordinator for NFSA-WI). They met all year to make the event fun and beneficial to the charities.

Gengler also recognized all the attendees for their exceptional support. In the twenty-seven years of the BCGI, an astounding total of over $2.24 million has been raised.

For those looking ahead, August 29, 2016, will mark the 28th Annual BCGI in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

 

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