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Tampa General Regional Burn Center Receives Donation from TECO Energy and IBEW

IBEW-TECO Check Pres.-Burn jpg. 0388August 12, 2013 (Tampa, FL) – Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 108, and TECO Energy presented a total of $31,800 to the Tampa General Foundation this month to support the hospital’s burn survivors support groups and the Burn Center.

Since 2000, the local IBEW and TECO have donated more than $540,500 to Tampa General’s Regional Burn Center and burn support groups, said Robin DeLaVergne, senior vice president and executive director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation.

This year, the IBEW donated $16,800 in proceeds from its annual golf tournament, and TECO Energy made a matching donation of $15,000.

Last month representatives from TECO’s Planning and Project Management team also donated another $9,306 to support TGH’s burn patient programs. The proceeds were raised during the group’s annual hot dog cookout benefit.

The annual contributions are made in memory of the TECO employees who died or were injured in an explosion at a Tampa Electric power station in 1999. The victims were treated at TGH.

“We are so appreciative of the support from TECO and the IBEW,” said Lori Desmond, nurse manager of the Burn Center. “What started out as a tragedy has blossomed into a relationship with the Burn Center.”

The funds are used to provide training for volunteers for the Burn Center’s support groups’ volunteers, so they can assist burn survivors in several counties. The funds have also allowed the Burn Center to purchase new equipment, provide support to patients and families in crisis and provide training to survivors and staff, Lori said.