BAKERSFIELD, CA - Give yourselves a round of applause. Wednesday's first ever barbecue fundraiser for the Grossman Burn Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital was a huge success.
Nineteen-hundred hamburgers were sold and even more donations came in, helping heal the youngest burn survivors.
An hour before the 11 a.m. start time, lines of lunch-time donations started to form.
Sturgeon Services International brought its "Smoking Dragon" and 2,000 patties. Volunteers dressed them up and sent them out the door for a $5 donation.
"Well, when you eat one just know they are the best you've ever had," said Paul Sturgeon with Sturgeon Services International.
Sturgeon's secret ingredient he says is, "love."
Rosie Garcia filled her trunk with 23 hamburger lunches for her and her co-workers.
"Well, just to help the burn center and get lunch, of course. So it's a good cause," said Garcia.
The money will help young burn survivors. Kevin Burton, President of the San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation, says it will pay for compression garments and face shields needed for healing, but often not covered by insurance.
"So with this fund it helps us provide those necessary funds to help them get through this tragic part of their life and get them psychologically better and get them back to some kind of normalcy before the burn," said Burton.
The fundraiser brought in $12,000 and Chevron is also donating $50,000. That's a grand total of $62,000 raised for the Grossman Burn Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital. And, organizers say even more money has been pledged.