Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation hosts an annual Heroes Banquet to thank those who help us serve burn patients and their families. Representatives from four key groups are invited to this special evening as we salute their unique contributions to the Foundation. These groups include:
Corporate Donors and Sponsors
With 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States, we know that our corporate supporters are flooded with requests for contributions. Even so, many have selected Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation as their charity of choice year after year, providing grants, donations, and sponsorship dollars.
Firefighters and First Responders
Fire Departments of all sizes have proven size doesn't matter, collectively contributing over 25% of the Foundation's annual budget. Firefighters and first responders from the Georgia-Carolina area host aluminum can collection sites; hold annual boot drives; and organize special events.
Health Care Partners
The Foundation staff works closely with the health care team working in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. These physicians, physician assistants, nurses, technicians, social workers, administrators and others care for burn patients during their stay in Augusta. The burn patients and their families often refer to them as angels, miracle workers, or heroes. We agree and feel privileged to have their support and assistance throughout the year.
Volunteers work for little more than an occasional "thank-you" and the joy that comes with knowing that you have made a difference in the life of another. Contributing over 4,500 hours of service each year, it is difficult to put a price on the value they bring. They work in the Chavis House welcoming guests, in the burn center waiting rooms assisting families; and many provide the sweat equity that makes our special event successful.
Hero of the Year
Each year, the Foundation selects an individual or group of individuals as the Hero of the Year. These individuals have demonstrated exemplary dedication to and support of the mission of the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation.
2011 Hero: Beretta Craft Coffman
2012 Hero: The Community of Lexington, South Carolina - Represented by Linda and Vaden Chavis, Anthony Keisler, and Chief Eddie Turner