SmokeEaters September 2017









Paul Ehrhart of CoreNorth showed support with his family participating in this event.  Their son, Sawyer had a fun time at this worthy cause.

After a brief hiatus, the popular Smoke Eaters Softball Tournament (benefiting the Via Christi Burn Center) is back! Your local first responders and the Via Christi Burn Center are working diligently to revitalize this wonderful event. The Smoke Eaters Softball site will continue to change as we receive support from our generous sponsors.

The first Smoke Eaters Softball Tournament was organized in June 1990 by Captain Larry Simmons (retired) and his fire crew at the Sedgwick County Fire Department. These men combined their talents to benefit the Via Christi Regional Burn Center’s youngest patients. The cause was near and dear to them, as they had seen the pain and suffering endured by children whose lives they had often saved. Over the years, friends and family got involved bringing new ideas, talent, enthusiasm, and hard work making the tournament a success!

The Smoke Eaters Softball Tournament is a fun-filled day of friendly competitive softball, entertainment, a barbecue, and special events that honor and celebrate burn injury survivors and their families. Proceeds are donated to the Via Christi Regional Burn Center, the only dedicated adult and pediatric burn care facility in a 180-mile radius of Wichita, KS. Here, burn survivors – from infants to seniors – receive state-of-the-art treatment and supportive, compassionate care. Tournament proceeds are derived from corporate sponsorship, ball team registration, sales of raffle tickets, and an auction.