While a small group of guests gathered in person at Neiman Marcus, many more watched online as Burns Recovered hosted its “Camp Art Fills the Heart” event. The fundraiser benefited Midwest Children’s Burn Camp, a free program for young burn survivors. At camp, many children and teens meet other burn survivors their own age for the first time and develop physically, socially and emotionally while making lifelong friends.
“These campers, every one of them, is a burn survivor. Not one child pays for camp. Sixty-five percent of the children are on food stamps. They’re the most fragile group of individuals in our society, I believe,” says Sheri Sherman, Burns Recovered Board of Directors vice president. “This gives them opportunities they would never have [outside of Midwest Children’s Burn Camp] … It is definitely life-changing for these children.”
At the event, guests browsed art on canvases up for silent auction, which were created by campers, as well as a professional piece being auctioned off live. Also featured was a fall trends fashion presentation put together by Jodi Kahn, senior director of fine apparel for Neiman Marcus.