ibpa-2015-1 Committee members of the 20th annual Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Invitational.[/caption] More than $109,500 was raised for burn-injury survivors at the Illinois Burn Prevention Association’s (IBPA) 20th Annual Burn Prevention Golf Invitational. One hundred and fifty-two golfers participated in the event on June 2, which was hosted at Willow Crest Golf Club at the Hilton Chicago-Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook. [caption id="attachment_4324" align="alignright" width="185"]IFSA President Jim Kreher, Past President Jim Saletta, and Executive Director Phil Zaleski accept a check for Camp "I Am Me." ibpa-2015-7ibpa-2015-6ibpa-2015-8ibpa-2015-4 PHOTO 1: IFSA Pres. Jim Kreher, Past Pres. Jim Saletta, and Exec. Dir. Phil Zaleski accept a check for Camp “I Am Me.” PHOTO 2: Dr. Michael Mosier accepts a check for Loyola. PHOTO 3: Founder Dave Schury (right) accepts a check for From Tragedy To Triumph Foundation. PHOTO 4: Exec. Dir. Amy Acton and burn survivor Tony Gonzalez accept a check for Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. PHOTO 5: Chairperson John Viniello accepts a check for Common Voices. PHOTO 6: Pres. Shane Ray accepts a check for NFSA’s education fund.[/caption] For the milestone 20th anniversary of the event, donors raised over 30 percent more than in 2014. 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. The event now has raised approximately $1.4 million for burn survivor support programs and charities in the last 20 years. Guest speakers included newly appointed NFSA President Shane Ray and burn survivor Jeff Jordan. Having experienced a burn injury to one-third of his body at the age of only six weeks old, Jordan, now 22 years old, spoke about the invaluable support he has received from some of the golf invitational’s benefiting charities. His experience has led him to advocate for other burn survivors and fire prevention awareness. Jordan now enjoys serving as a motivational speaker at various events throughout the country. [caption id="attachment_4322" align="alignleft" width="165"] Burn survivor Jeff Jordan spoke his experience as an advocate for other burn survivors and fire prevention.[/caption] “Success stories from burn survivors such as Jeff Jordan reaffirm the good that is being done through the proceeds from the Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Invitational,” says Event Chair Fred Kroll. “We are proud to have made a difference in the local and national burn communities for the last 20 years.”  ]]>