The Gravois Fire Protection District (GFPD) Auxiliary Association raised a record amount of money during their annual rib sale around the July 4th holiday, to send children to the Midwest Children’s Burn Camp. The group reports they raised $8,161.11.

The annual smoked-rib fundraiser is held to assist children ages six to seventeen, who have survived burn injuries and smoke inhalation, to attend a special summer “burn” camp. 

At Midwest Children’s Burn Camp, campers enjoy adventures including zip lining, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, and lots of dancing. MCBC offers a safe and supportive environment where young burn survivors spend a week in a safe environment, with others who have also experienced the trauma of burn injuries. 

The auxiliary sold 303 slabs of ribs, earning $2,846.89. Sean and Dianna Baker also donated $4,200, the 5&O Crime Watch donated $1,000, and the auxiliary received $114.11 in walk-in donations. 

The auxiliary historically has raised enough to send two children to burn camp, but this year's fundraiser will allow them to send four. “We hope to raise enough to send even more next year,” GFPD Administrative Assistant Jodi Hunsaker said. 

“Our association members worked very-hard and we are so proud to be part of sending the kids to burn camp,” GFPD Deputy Fire Chief/Auxiliary Association President Ron Anselmo said. “I would like to thank all the people that helped us in a very successful fund raiser this year. And I want to send a special thank you to the Baker Family and 5&O Crime Watch.”

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