St. Lucie County Hundred Club honors outstanding officers in fund-raiser for families of emergency services officers injured or killed in the line of duty
Six emergency services agencies honored their top officers May 28, 2014, at the St. Lucie County Hundred Club's annual awards banquet at Gator Trace Country Club.
Founded in 1987, the St. Lucie County Hundred Club serves the emergency services professionals of St. Lucie County by providing financial support to families of law enforcement, corrections officers and firefighter/EMTs seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
Those who were honored for outstanding accomplishments are listed below. Click the link to learn more about the accomplishments that earned these officers recognition by their agencies, in the words of their agencies' leaders:
The St. Lucie County Hundred Club's website 100clubslc.org has details about the organization and how to become a member.
The Birth of the St. Lucie County Hundred Club
The idea of The Hundred Club was born in 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. Law officers and firefighters had been on full alert dealing with social unrest that led to numerous casualties. In 1950, Detroit auto dealer Bill Packer found a way to assist a police widow. He wrote to 100 friends and associates, asking for $100 each. They responded overwhelmingly, and as a result, the first of The Hundred Clubs was born. Today there are more than 500 members in that Detroit area club and there are clubs like it all over the country.
Here in St. Lucie County The Hundred Club was formed in 1987 by a group of concerned citizens consisting of Jim Russakis, then-Sheriff R.C. "Bobby" Knowles, Vernon Smith, Al Brown and then-Fort Pierce Mayor William Dannahower. The group started the fund to prepare for the future.
The Purpose of The Hundred Club
The purpose of The Hundred Club is to provide direct financial help for spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters and other first responders who have lost their lives or become disabled in the line of duty. The Hundred Club makes sure these brave public servants know that they are not alone in their time of need.
In the event of an officer's sudden death, The Hundred Club contacts the family to make funds available if needed right away. This initial payment is to provide immediate relief from tension, confusion and panic regarding money matters.
Later, those members of the standing committee who are responsible for financial assistance will review the financial needs of the family and meet with them. Then the committee makes the appropriate disbursement.
The Hundred Club honors outstanding emergency services officers at an annual banquet in May/June. The event serves as a fund-raiser for The Hundred Club.
Who is covered by The St. Lucie County Hundred Club?
- St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
- St. Lucie County Fire District
- Fort Pierce Police Department
- Port St. Lucie Police Department
- Florida Highway Patrol (St. Lucie County)
- St. Lucie Village Marshall
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement (St. Lucie County)
- State Attorney, 19th Judicial District
- F.B.I. (St. Lucie County)
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (St. Lucie County)
- State of Florida Forestry (St. Lucie County)
- Internal Revenue Service (St. Lucie County)
Participation in The Hundred Club enables each of us to honor our peace officers and to proudly say to each of them, "You are not alone."
The St. Lucie County Hundred Club membership fees and benefits are as follows:
- Life Corporate Membership - $5,000 (Four tickets to annual meeting/banquet)
- Life Membership - $2000 (One ticket to annual meeting/banquet)
- Corporate Membership - $500(Two tickets to annual meeting/banquet)
- Individual Membership - $100 (One ticket to annual meeting/banquet)
- Law Enforcement / Firefighter Membership - $50 (One ticket to annual meeting/banquet)
For more information, please call (772) 462-3205.