|May 17, 2012– As the morning sun dried the dew from fairways and greens made lush from days of rain, the first of the 72 participants of the 2012 Annual Golf Classic began to roll up the drive. Anticipation hung in the air, the sound of golf bags unloading and clubs rattling foreshadowing the impending contest. But as the golfers entered the main tent and were surrounded with posters of the children who attend the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp in Union Ct., it became abundantly clear that the big challenge was not out on the golf course. It would be to insure that the camp, which provides recreational, emotional and social support to 80 severely burned children each year, would be able to continue its mission to help these children develop the confidence and inner strength to overcome their obstacles – and most importantly of all, to allow let them forget their scars and just be kids once again. The Flatlands Lions Club first began their association with the Children’s Burn Camp in 2005 and were joined by the Mill Basin Bergen Beach Lions Club in 2009. The two clubs have partnered to raise over $55,000 for the camp to date, donating a major portion of the each event’s proceeds to the camp. The donations help to insure that the camp, which provided its services to the children for free, can continue this vital service. The balance of the event proceeds are used by the Lions to help support community vision, health and service programs.After a barbeque lunch and 50-50 putting contest, the golfers rode out onto the course on a perfect spring afternoon. They returned to a four hour buffet dinner with music by Big Kahuna DJ. There were trophies for first, second and third place groups, longest drive and closest to the pin. There were raffle prizes, 50-50 prizes and a brand new 46 in. L.E.D T.V raffle. But the real winners weren’t the golfers, and the real prize wasn’t a trophy, plaque or gift. The winners were 80 young children who dream all year about summer at the Children’s Burn Camp and the prize, thanks to events like this one, is that their dream will continue to be a reality.|
Thank you, to all the participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers for making this event possible. Special thanks to the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation , NY Fire Zone for setting up a fire safety display and for John Wims of Big Kahuna DJ for donating his music, as he has done for many years. A big thank you to CLIF Bar for their wonderful energy bars , Pilo Arts for their generous service donations and Bay Ridge Lexus for providing a two-year Lexus lease as a hole in one prize.
For more information on the children’s burn camp: The Children’s Burn Camp