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Ohio Fire Safety Coalition Raises $220,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital

UPublish story by Matthew Kuwatch

2013_ACH_Check presentation
Attached is the photo of the check presentation. From left to right in the photo: • Bill Sisto (1) • Mary Mondozzi, Education Outreach Coordinator of the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Center • Beth Carr, Director of Nursing of the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Center • Chris Sadie, Nurse Manager of the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Center • Timothy Pittinger MD, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Medical Director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Center • Robert McGregor MD, Chief Medical Officer of Akron Children’s Hospital • Matthew Kuwatch, Executive Director & Chairman of the Ohio Fire Safety Coalition (1) • Mark Karr, Treasurer of the Ohio Fire Safety Coalition (1) • Julie Schade, Secretary of the Ohio Fire Safety Coalition (1) • Tim O’Herron, Vice Chairman of the Ohio Fire Safety Coalition (1) • Dave Brown, (1) (1) Board Member of the Ohio Fire Safety Coalition

AKRON, Ohio – (October 10, 2013) – The Ohio Fire Safety Coalition (OFSC) presented $22,000 to the Akron Children’s Hospital Paul and Carol David Foundation Burn Institute Tuesday, October 8, in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week. Since its founding in 2005, OFSC has raised and donated $220,000 for the hospital to support education and prevention initiatives, purchase medical equipment, provide patient support programs and fund research.

Proceeds this year will go toward purchasing patient bathing units, which help transport and bathe burn patients. Funds were raised during the ninth annual OFSC Burn Invitational golf tournament at Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio. The four-person golf scramble was followed by silent and live auctions.

“We are happy to have the opportunity to give back to a local institute that provides care for burn victims of all ages throughout northeast Ohio,” said Matthew Kuwatch, OFSC founder and fire safety expert. “The tournament is not just an opportunity to bring people together and support a good organization, but also to raise awareness on home fire safety and the steps you can take to save lives.”

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and about 18,300 are injured. For additional information on OFSC, please contact Matthew Kuwatch at (216) 447-6331 or Julie Schade at (216) 447-5677.

About OFSC

The Ohio Fire Safety Coalition is a non-profit organization created to educate the Ohio public on fire safety and the life-saving value of residential fire sprinkler systems. Its members are comprised of individuals from the fire protection and fire service industry as well as the general public. For more information, log on to

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