2016 Annual Convention
2016 Annual Convention and Policy Meeting in Burlington, Vermont
Held October 20-23 at the Hilton Burlington
NFPA's 2016 Convention Host Hotel
60 Battery Street
Burlington, VT 05401
NFPA Convention Charity
Camp Ta-Kum-TaPlease support this year’s charity, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta by donating $5 (or more if you choose) to wear your best blue jeans on Friday, October 21.
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta began in 1984, the vision of Ted and Debby Kessler, parents of a cancer survivor, and Sheara Billado, a child oncology nurse in Vermont, who all witnessed children traveling long distances for this type of childhood experience (or miss it altogether). While the area in which the Camp now resides is rich in Native American history, the Camp name evolved uniquely, from a child… A young patient receiving cancer treatment at the University of Vermont Medical Center was asked by a care provider what she would like to do that summer. The patient responded, “I would like a Camp ta-come-ta”—in a sweet voice. And Camp Ta-Kum-Ta was born! That young patient is now one of many survivors volunteering on staff!
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta provides challenging, extraordinary experiences in a safe and loving environment for children who have or had cancer, and their families. Camp exists for Vermont and Northern New York children, (including other out-of-state children who are treated in Vermont), between the ages of 7-17, at no cost to their families. Camp TKT has become a year-round camp, serving the child who has cancer AND his or her family through not only summer programs, but also a Moms’ Retreat, Siblings programs, and reunions of older campers.
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta puts smiles on these children’s faces, warms their heart and fills a room with laughter, It is truly a place of healing that every child needs–it is a place that gives them their childhood back!
For further information on the history of this wonderful Camp, please visit www.takumta.org.
2016 Convention Social Event
The social was held Friday, October 21, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Transportation was provided to and from the Sunset Ballroom, social hour appetizers, buffet dinner, desserts and coffee, photo booth fun and entertainment. Join your friends and colleagues for a fun night of food, networking, dancing and entertainment at the Sunset Ballroom Event Center, one of Vermont’s most unique social event facilities.
The Sunset Ballroom overlooks Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks offering expansive views of the beauty of Vermont.
The space has over 80% windows and skylights allowing all guests to enjoy the view from the interior or exterior of the space.