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U-M Trauma Burn Center fundraiser enters 25th year


Bowl for Burns, Organized by ‘Downriver’-Area Fire Fighters to support U-M Trauma Burn Center, will take place Feb. 3 – March 4

ANN ARBOR, MI –The Trauma Burn Center at the University of Michigan Health System will host the fundraising event, Bowl for Burns, from Friday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, March 4. The event will take place each Friday at 9 p.m., and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at Parkway Lanes in Trenton, Mich. Bowl for Burns is a month-long charity bowling tournament organized by a group of ‘Downriver’ fire fighters and volunteers. The event is in its 25th year.

Trauma burnTeams and volunteers are made up of fire fighters, nurses, physicians, area businesses and more. Contributions from the Bowl for Burns event support essential research and programs at the Trauma Burn Center, such as Kids Burn Camp, nursing education opportunities and research.

Tournament manager and retired deputy chief of the Trenton Fire Department, Dan Whaley, was one of the tournament’s founders 25 years ago, and remains its strongest advocate. Says Whaley, “Our group has visited the Trauma Burn Center many times to see the impact we have made. A burn or trauma injury changes lives, in each case forever.”

The general public is invited to register a team to bowl or to attend any of the event dates where Trauma Burn Center merchandise will be on sale, and giveaways and raffles will take be available.

There is a fee for registering bowling teams, but admittance to the events is free. The culmination of the tournament is celebrated each year with an award ceremony and live auction featuring sports memorabilia, gift and travel packages, dinner certificates and more. This year’s auction will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 4.

For information on registering to bowl, volunteer or attend one of the events, contact the U-M Trauma Burn Center at (734) 998.8451 or visit

The U-M Trauma Burn Center is a Level 1 Trauma and Burn Verified Center by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association. The Center is a leader in innovative and effective patient care and has a strong commitment to research, education and injury prevention. Each year, an average of 1,500 patients suffering from traumatic injuries and burns are admitted to the Center.
Written by Alicia Hoiles


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