Nov 082013

Nov. 8, 2013 –   The Flatlands and Mill Basin – Bergen Beach Lions Clubs presented the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp with a $3,600 donation today.    The camp, which is run by the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation, provides severely burned children from 8 to 18 with a place to have fun in a nurturing environment,  a place where they can be themselves, and learn to grow beyond their scars, both physical and emotional.   The camp, which is located in Union ,Ct., is staffed mainly by volunteers from the firefighting and medical community , many who return to donate their free time and expertise, year after year.

The Lions, who have been supporting the camp’s activities since 2005 with an annual golf outing, were forced to cancel the 2013 event due to the impact Hurricane Sandy had on their communities and on many individual members in the clubs.  However, the Lions still found a way to raise money, holding raffle and smaller events,   Flatlands Lions president John Cucarese  summed it up, ” The Burn Camp is very dear to our hearts, and we will always find a way to support them and the Burns Care Foundation in the invaluable work that they do for these children.”

For more information on the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp  :  ” The Connecticut Burns Care Foundation’s Children’s Burn Camp – Helping Burn Survivors Lead Productive Lives”



May 172012

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. Golf Classic 2012
Golf Classic 2011
Golf Classic 2012

Flatlands Lions and Mill Basin Bergen-Beach Lions

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

May 262011
Golf Classic 2011

On the Course at Dyker Beach

May 25, 2011 – After a rain delay that  cancelled the event the previous week, the 2011 Annual Golf Classic finally got underway at the Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn,  The well attended event raised over $6,000 for the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp. Thanks to all the participants, volunteers and Lions from the Flatlands and Mill Basin-Bergen Beach Clubs


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Admiral Insurance

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Feb 212011

February  20, 2011 – Over 400 Lions congregated at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens for the District 20 K1 Mid-Winter Convention.  Flatlands manned a booth at the event to promote the T.E.A.L. Walk for Ovarian Cancer and the Arthur C, Luf Children’s Burn Camp. Lions Larry Esposito, Paul Cucarese and John Cucarese , T.E.A.L  executive director, Pamela Esposito-Amery and  Frank Szivos, executive director of the Children’s Burn Camp attended to get the message out to the District.  The message was well received by the Lions at the Convention and many contacts were made with Lions from the other District clubs.

Jul 172010

On the Putting Green at the 2010 Golf Classic

July 15, 2010 –  The 2010 Annual Golf Classic drew over 80 golfers for a great day of golf at the South Shore Country Club.  The outing primarily supports the work of the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp, which helps young burn victims from 8 to 18. The Outing raised $9,000 for the Children’s Burn Camp alone.

Thanks to all the participants, sponsors, volunteers and Lions from the Flatlands and the Mill Basin-Bergen Beach clubs.

The Evangelista Family

Brooklyn Vision Center

Fortunato & Fortunato    Belkin, Burden, Wenig, & Goldman, LLP

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Mar 102010

By Frank Szivos

Imagine the trauma children feel after they have suffered severe burn injuries. There’s not only the physical pain but also the emotional trauma since they often have to deal with severe scarring. They often ask why me? How do I deal with all this? Enter the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation Children’s Burn Camp that works to help children heal both emotionally and physically from their severe burn injuries.

For the last 31 years, the CBCF has worked to promote fire safety awareness and help burn survivors through education and support services. In 1991, CBCF launched its Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp that now services 75 children for one week every July in Union, CT. The Burn Camp offers a traditional summer camp experience at no charge to the children, who come from all over the Northeast and as far away as Ohio and Florida and some foreign countries. In 2009,
15 children came from New York. Campers take part in archery, boating, swimming,
fishing, climbing a ropes course and volleyball and hiking.

What’s different about this Burn Camp is it provides campers a safe and nurturing environment. Since every camper has suffered severe burn injuries, no one stands out – perhaps for the first time since they sustained their injuries. When new campers arrive at the Burn Camp, they are typically feeling reluctant until they realize that they have burn injuries just like everyone else in this Burn Camp. It usually only takes minutes before they have pulled on their bathing suits and are plunging into the cool waters of the camp lake without being conscious of their scars.

Children between the ages of 8-18 attend the Burn Camp and build close bonds with their fellow campers and counselors. While it’s difficult to measure the Burn Camp’s effectiveness, approximately 99 percent of campers return annually until
they graduate.

Every summer about 85 volunteer counselors, many firefighters and medical staff from Burn Units, are dedicated to making the intense week of camping a fun and perhaps life-changing experience. The counselors derive a great deal of satisfaction from their experience with the children. There are many counselors who return each year, some for more than 15 years.

The Burn Camp is fortunate to have several counselors, who were former campers that return to help younger children enjoy their camping experience and serve as role models. In particular, one counselor, burned severely as a child who attended the CBCF Burn Camp, now is studying pre-med in college and hopes to work with burn patients one day. She is a walking inspiration for the campers, showing how she has grown beyond her injuries.

CBCF continues to underwrite the Burn Camp through donations from individuals, fire departments, businesses, corporations and grants. Despite a challenging economy, CBCF has been fortunate to have a loyal core of supporters which are committed to helping children with severe burn injuries lead productive lives and overcome any physical disabilities. They realize that the Burn Camp gives kids the freedom to be kids despite any emotional and physical challenges.

Frank Szivos is the Executive Director of the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp


Jul 162009

2009 Annual Golf Classic

July16, 2009. – The Flatlands and Mill Basin Lions joined forces to support the work of the Arthur C. Luf Chilldren’s Burn Camp at the 12th Annual Golf Classic, held at the South Shore Country Club in Staten Island.
The Children’s  Burn Camp, located in Union Connecticut, helps young burn victims from 8 to 18 develop the confidence to move beyond their burns. Most important of all, it is a place that provides the children the “freedom to be a kid,” without having to worry about their scars. The camp is staffed by volunteers, mainly firefighters and medical personnel, who donate their time, so that the kids can go for free.  All costs for the children are entirely funded by donations and fundraising events such as this one.
Despite a difficult economy a record $9,000 was raised for the  Burn Camp. Frank Szivos, the camp’s executive director said that  “the Lions were one of the only donor organizations who increased their contribution in 2009.”   The generous support of sponsors like Gerstein Fisher, Clif Bar and Pilo Arts Salon, who have a long history of charitable activity certainly helped.  Both the Mill Basin and the Flatlands clubs membership credit their partnership with  providing  the impetus to overcome the stagnation that affected most charities this past year.

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