Wisconsin Chapter Hosts The 31st Annual Burn Center Golf Invitational

NFSA Wisconsin State Coordinator Marty King (L) and former Wisconsin Regional Manager Dan Gengler at the Invitational

On August 26th, the Wisconsin chapter held their 31st annual charity golf tournament benefitting the Ascension Columbia Saint Mary’s Burn Center in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Youth Burn Camp. The event was held at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. In Lake Geneva on what turned out to be a cool and rainy day – sometimes torrential rain. However, the weather did not dampen the wonderful networking among Wisconsin NFSA members, the generosity of the event sponsors, or the more than 150 golfers who attended – including NFSA President, Shane Ray.

Typically, about 180 golfers attend this event. Last year’s Invitational drew 186 golfers and raised over $110,000. This year’s registration stood at 198 before the rain reduced that number somewhat. Over the years the Invitational has donated over $2.5 million to burn prevention and survivor care. Columbia Saint Mary’s Regional Burn Center treats 150-200 patients annually, and the average stay is 14 days. Their public education and outreach efforts touch more than 13,000 annually.
The Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth is a place for kids 7-17 years of age can recover from their burn injuries in a nurturing, restful, supportive environment with other burn injury survivors. The camp provides the unique needs of young burns survivors, promotes healing, and focuses on “life beyond their injuries.” The camp is located at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, Wisconsin, and covers 600 acres with many fun and engaging activities.

The Invitational included lunch, golf, and an evening program with dinner and golf awards.