The Second Annual Firefighters for Healing Red Tie Gala was hosted on Saturday, November 12th. For the second year, Elire was a Platinum Level sponsor. This year’s event was held at the Muse Event Center in Downtown Minneapolis, and Elire team members from across the US suited up to be a part of this historic night! From sponsorships, ticket sales, and silent auction donations, the event raised over $150,000!!
Firefighters for Healing is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 that aims to support burn survivors and their families in ways insurance companies and caretaker are unable to. Support from both the community and donors allows FFFH to replace essential living items that have been lost in a fire, as well as assist with funds for costly corrective surgeries. The organization donates their time, money, and resources to burn survivor children, families, nurses, and doctors at local burn unit facilities.
Apart from the amazing work FFFH does for those children currently in the hospital, much of the pain of those burns continue throughout the child’s lifetime. In summer 2016, FFFH was able to send five burn survivor children to a burn-injured youth camp in Colorado where they were able to run, play, jump, and be themselves – something many of these children were uncomfortable doing or unable to do after their injuries. Firefighters for Healing has made it their goal – with the help of the money raised at the Red Tie Gala – to start their very own burn camp right here in Minnesota! We look forward to seeing updates on MN’s first burn camp as plans progress.
For more information on Firefighters for Healing, or to make a donation, visit http://firefightersforhealing.org/.