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Griffith Fire Dept. Holds Fundraiser For Hoosier Burn Camp

Griffith, IN, May 31, 2013  The Griffith Fire Department would like to thank all those that supported us during our boot drive for the Hoosier Burn Camp earlier this month.  The generosity of the Griffith residents and those simply passing through is nothing short of extraordinary.  The $5200 raised was combined with funds raised by other local fire departments and 1-800-Board Up to make a single $50,000 donation to the Hoosier Burn Camp.

On the morning of Wednesday May 29th Fire Chief Schoon, Firefighter Joe Martin, and Firefighter Steve Stelk departed Crown Point, Indiana in a the long procession of fire department vehicles from all over Lake and Porter Counties each destined for the Hoosier Burn Camp.  All joined Jack Eskridge from 1-800-Board Up to present the cumulative donation during the Visitor’s Day ceremonies. 

This year the camp is hosting 70 survivors between the ages of 8 and 18.  The Hoosier Burn Camp provides its guests a traditional summer camp experience with activities that build self-esteem and foster friendships.  According to Executive Director Mark Koopman, the week at camp gives the kids a break from the stares and questions they get in their daily lives.  They come to an atmosphere where their scars are normal, where the other kids have had similar experiences, and for a week they can be just one of the kids.  The camp is supported entirely on donations allowing campers of all demographics and financial backgrounds to attend at no cost to their families.   

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For more information regarding the Hoosier Burn Camp please visit their website at