The Bristol Firefighters Local 773 held a fund-raising event called “Tip a Firefighter” at Chili’s in Bristol, CT to send kids to The Salvation Army’s Camp CONNRI. The event was held on Thursday, October 11th and raised $1,094.
Chili’s was a blaze of excitement, with approximately 15 firefighters waiting tables and selling tickets for a drawing, all to support children of Bristol who wish to have a fun summer camp experience. Patrons young and old sported firefighter hats while enjoying a tasty dinner and supporting a great cause. Campers who go to The Salvation Army’s Camp CONNRI enjoy a wide variety of activities including swimming, hiking, fishing, kayaking, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, nature studies, arts and crafts, low ropes and much more. Camp CONNRI is situated on 272 acres of rolling hills, overlooking a pristine 50 acre lake in Ashford, Connecticut.
"We are so very grateful for the support of the Union, and could not have done this without their hard work,” said Lieutenant Shareena Echavarria of The Salvation Army in Bristol. “A huge thank you to Dominic Decarlo, Bristol Firefighter, for organizing this, and assisting us on every step of the journey. Another huge thank you to the Chili's staff and management for their hospitality and kindness."
The Bristol Firefighters Local 773 wanted to support a charity that helps Bristol children. “Everyone had a smile on their face,” said Dominic Decarlo of the Bristol Fire Department. “It feels good to know we are helping Bristol kids directly.” The Fire Department supports the Bristol community in many ways including participating in the Christmas Parade, Mum Festival, and the Back-to-School Drive.
"We could not do what we do without the generous support of our donors,” said Captain Emmanuel Echavarria of The Salvation Army in Bristol. “Every single dollar makes a difference, and together we are meeting the needs of the Bristol community. Thank you for your support. God bless you."
The Salvation Army’s Camp CONNRI offers a safe, Christian environment that nourishes a child's physical growth, mental maturity, and spiritual enthusiasm. Activities are under the supervision of certified, experienced personnel, where the safety and welfare of all campers is a primary concern of every staff member. The Camp is proud to be accredited by the American Camping Association, the State of Connecticut, and The Salvation Army.
If you are looking for a place where your child can experience a good old fashioned summer, The Salvation Army's Camp CONNRI is the place to be! Learn more: campconnri.org