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West Penn Burn Camp Marks 25 Years of Helping Burned Children Heal

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

“Putting on the Ritz” Celebration to Include Formal Gala for Campers

Local Firefighters Groups Play Leading Role in Funding, Programs

West Penn Hospital’s Summer Camp for Burned Children is celebrating its 25th year of helping children with burn injuries move forward in the healing process through camaraderie and fun. The annual event takes place June 4-8 in Pittsburgh and Camp Kon-O-Kwee near Zelienople.

This year’s theme, “Putting on the Ritz,” celebrates Burn Camp’s legacy of caring and will include a gala event replete with limos, tuxedos and formal dresses for the campers.

The volunteer efforts of two local firefighters groups are providing a big boost for Burn Camp. Fire & Iron Firefighters Motorcycle Club has donated thousands of dollars toward Burn Camp, raised during benefit rides and a Valentine’s dance, and Pittsburgh Fools will continue its long tradition of setting up a carnival for the kids with rides, games and treats.

Saturday, June 4, the campers leave West Penn Hospital School of Nursing at 1 p.m. and will take in a matinee performance of “9 to 5” in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. From there they’ll proceed to David’s Bridal and JC Penney at Ross Park Mall to be fitted for formal wear, then end the day by taking in a Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park.

Sunday’s activities at Camp Kon-O-Kwee will include a reunion picnic with former campers and counselors from 12-4, with entertainment provided by Pittsburgh Fools.

Monday will include fun camp activities such as tennis, archery, arts and crafts and canoeing, as well as peer group meetings which give kids time to talk to one another about their experiences.

Tuesday night features the big formal party celebrating West Penn Burn Camp’s 25th year. The evening will include limo rides courtesy of Pittsburgh Limousine, hairstyles by Amy Porter Greco of New Castle, music by DJ Ed Lorenc, the Jam-Master, floral arrangements by Mussig Florist of Zelienople and entertainment by magician Tim Kutch.

Wednesday the children return to Pittsburgh and enjoy a trip to Kennywood Park before returning home.

Burn Camp activities are designed to encourage the children to take positive risks and boost their self-esteem in an environment that is safe and supportive. Teenagers who have attended Burn Camp for years often return to serve as junior counselors.

“For five days, these children’s scars and pressure garments don’t seem so noticeable and they can share their stories with others who are going through the healing process. It is a wonderful opportunity for them and we have seen often that this camp can help change the lives of those who have suffered from a burn injury,” said Burn Center Nurse Manager Esther Atwood.

Camp is free to any child that has been treated at West Penn Burn Center and 30 to 35 youngsters are expected to attend this year

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