The International Association of Fire Fighters on Tuesday, August 16, will host the IAFF Foundation Inaugural Charity Gala at the Hilton New York, marking the official launch of its new charitable organization. The Gala is being held as more than 2,000 IAFF leaders gather in New York City on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks to attend the John P. Redmond Symposium and Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference, the IAFF's health, safety and EMS conference, August 14-18.
“This is an important development in the evolution of our charitable efforts, but finally we can unveil the IAFF Foundation. We have built a charitable organization that will allow us to give fire fighters and their families help and give them hope,” said Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters and Chairman of the IAFF Foundation.
Throughout its 93-year history, the IAFF has made charitable efforts a cornerstone of its mission. To accomplish that goal, the IAFF developed several distinct and worthy charities — the Burn Foundation, the Disaster Relief Fund, the Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Fund, the W.H. “Howie” McClennan Scholarship Fund and the John P. Redmond Symposium.
Now they all are part of a single organization, the IAFF Foundation, which is registered as a 501 (c) 3 so the IAFF can more efficiently assist fire fighters and their families in their greatest time of need.
The Gala marks the official kickoff of the reorganized IAFF Foundation. Comedian and actor Jay Mohr will serve as master of ceremonies at the Gala.
The International Association of Fire Fighters represents 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics and is the leading advocate for the health and safety of first responders.