Yesterday, Tuesday, June 2nd, marked the 20th Annual Illinois Burn Prevention Association Golf Invitational. The event took place at the beautiful Willow Crest Golf Club in Oak Brook, and the weather did not disappoint!
Burn Survivor, Jeff Jordan
After a delicious lunch buffet, more than 150 golfers hit the course and showed off their impressive skills on 18 challenging holes. While no one managed to get a hole-in-one on the course, the day and night had many other victories. After golf and a short break, everyone showed up back to the main room dressed to impress. Attendees had a chance to place their bids in the silent auction—full of sports memorabilia, trips, gift baskets, and more! All enjoyed dinner and drinks as Fred Kroll, and Tom Cruise welcomed all the guests. They then introduced the first speaker of the night, burn survivor and fire sprinkler advocate, Jeff Jordan.
Fire sprinkler advocate
Jeff is a young man who survived severe burns in a mobile home fire when he was just 6 weeks old. More than twenty years later, Jeff has had over 85 reconstructive surgeries and had faced countless battles as a burn victim. He is now an advocate for fire sprinklers and travels across the country to share his inspirational story. He thanked everyone for their commitment to fire safety and especially applauded organizations, such as Common Voices and Camp I Am Me, that are devoted to helping burn victims.
After Jeff spoke, we had the privilege of listening to NFSA President and former Fire Chief Shane Ray. Ray also applauded the efforts of all companies in the industry and encouraged everyone to keep fighting for fire sprinklers, saying, “You save lives every day.”
Supporting the cause
The entire event was a huge success, as always. Many people presented donations. $12,500 to Tragedy to Triumph Foundation. $12,500 to Common Voices. $15,000 to Phoenix Society. $25,000 to Camp I Am Me, and $40,000 to Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.
Last night was especially meaningful to USA Fire Protection for several reasons. First, our very own Orlando Stratman won the big raffle’s Grand Prize (a 2015 Jeep Renegade), and Frank Papiese won 1st Prize (vacation package at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa). More importantly, we had a chance to honor our own Fred Kroll, who has been organizing this event for the past twenty years. This is Freds last year in this position. He has devoted much of his life to the fire sprinkler/fire safety industry. Without him, the event wouldn’t be possible, and we are fortunate he is part of the USA Fire team! Over the past twenty years, the Illinois Burn Prevention Association has helped raise more than $1.5 million in support of various charities. Thanks, Fred, for all you do!
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