The “Honors” image created by artist Joseph M. Getsinger was a big hit, and is believed to have sparked more interest by participants in winning a signed and numbered limited-edition print, or the big prize, the #1 framed Giclée Canvas print of “Honors.” The collector pins were sold out for the first time and attendees were asking how to purchase the print if they didn’t win (go to www.jgetsingerarts.com). The image could not have been created without the assistance of bagpiper and Deptford Captain Ronald Taylor, Jr., Fire Chief William Kramer of Cinnaminson Fire Department and members of his department, along with members of the Pennsauken Fire Department.
At 1300 on Saturday, John McCann, Administrator for the Burn Foundation and our major sponsor David Russell, President of Fire & Safety Services (www.f-ss.com), of South Plainfield, started drawing the winners of the signed and numbered limited edition print.
The winners included: Alice Newbaker, East Rutherford; Cliford Stuborn, Tuckerton; Sean Sullivan; Kevin Magliano, Old Bridge; K. Hill, Fort Dix; Robert Cotellese, Wildwood; Sal Catapano, Toms River; Adamsky, South River; Robert Kearstan, Edison; Terry Little, Glassboro; Bill Rger, West Chester (PA); John Chobala, Union Beach; Tommy Hill, Cookstown; Raul Ra Koloslei, Ashley (PA); Ian James, Absecon; Steven Simms, East Hanover; V. Trentacost, Jersey City; T. Eichelman, Glenolden (PA); Gary Campbell, Wildwood; Craig Mackin, Stratford; William Petty, Millville; Albert Myer, Woodbury Heights; and Jason Ward, Hamilton. The top winner for the Grand Prize of Giclée canvas #1 was Joe Przybylinski from Fairfield.
The total amount raised from raffle ticket donations were $19,509. This includes pre-donations of raffle tickets by the artist of $980, and a surprise donation of $500 by the Pipe/Drum Brigade members. In addition, the Brigantine Professional Firefighters Local 2657 presented a check for $5,000 as a result of the golf tourney they conducted to benefit the Burn Foundation.
We’d also like to thank President David Russell of Fire & Safety Services of South Plainfield; Bill Eachus of B.C.&B Graphics of Pennsauken, who printed the prints and raffle tickets; John Cortese of VanGogh Again Galleries of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, who donated the Giclée Canvas print for the raffle; Ed Munin from The Frame Shop in Sewell, for donating the frame for the Giclée canvas, and who recently became a young grandfather; Chip Lillie, of www.ChoiceCustomCards.com for donating the collector cards, which were given out to children entering the gate and those who purchased a collector pin; the Five Mile Beach Committee for their support and assistance every year; all the volunteers who helped through the event including Burn Foundation Board members; and most of all Burn Foundation Administrator John P.McCann, Jr., who works hard coordinating the event; and the people who volunteer and donate their time and funds to keep the Burn Foundation alive. God Bless them all and God Bless America.
– Fire News photos courtesy of Joseph M. Getsinger