Joe Pick of FFBI was pleased to accept a donation from SVC members. From l to r: Domonik Horak of Ferguson, Bryan Tilos of Core & Main, SVC Chair Jordan Hopkins, SVC Executive Director Paulene Norwood, Robert Lynch of PACE Supply, Past SVC Secretary Hal Burton, and Past Chair of AFSA National Wayne Weisz.

A Tee-rific Time 

Sacramento Valley Golf tournament Raises Funds for FFBI 

The American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) Sacramento Valley Chapter (SVC) held its end-of-year mixer, dinner, and meeting on December 8, 2021, at Crawdads River Cantina in Sacramento, California.

The highlight of the evening was a $10,000 donation to the Fire Fighters Burn Institute (FFBI). Chapter members were proud to present a check to FFBI Executive Director, who attended the event. FFBI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by Sacramento Fire Captain Cliff Haskell and the Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Local 522 in 1973 for the purpose of establishing a local burn treatment facility; providing recovery programs for burn survivors; providing fire and burn prevention through public education; funding education for burn team professionals, firefighters, and burn survivors; and supporting burn treatment and rehabilitation research.

The donation was raised at the chapter’s First Annual Top Golf Tournament fundraiser on October 22, 2021, in Roseville, California. With 22 bays reserved and over 135 players and volunteers, the Top Golf event was a huge success and an entertaining event for everyone involved. Seventeen teams with six players each competed for bragging rights. Walter Ryba of Alwest Fire won “Highest Score,” Tyler Weisz of Cen-Cal won “Longest Drive,” Jordan Hopkins of Elite Automatic won “Beat the Pro.”

Participants playing, mingling, and networking at the Top Golf Tournament.

“This event was so popular with chapter members that we are already planning for next year!” comments SVC Executive Director Paulene Norwood. “We look forward to some friendly competition and plan to add more activities, including a ‘Hole-in-One contest.”

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