By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- A local club with more than three decades of service to the emergency and law enforcement community is holding its annual meeting and banquet on May 21.
The St. Lucie County Hundred Club provides financial support to families of law enforcement officers, corrections officers and fire fighter/EMTs who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
"It's all about supporting the families," said Chief Garry Wilson of the St. Lucie Sheriff's Office. "That is our mission, and every dime raised or donated goes to the families."
The local law enforcement, corrections and firefighting professionals face dangerous possibilities every day on the job. But it's more than that. The club also supports families of the professionals that have been stricken with illness or injury.
"It's not always the line of duty," Chief Wilson said. "It can involve catastrophic illness as well."
It's a subject most of us would rather not think about, but it's the reason that law enforcement, firefighting and business professionals established the St. Lucie County Hundred Club in 1987.
"Once people learned of the organization, it became well supported," Chief Wilson said.
The Hundred Club also has the support of Nineteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bruce Colton, Florida Highway Patrol Capt. John Cataldo, St. Lucie County Fire District Chief Ron Parrish, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara, Port St. Lucie Police Chief John A. Bolduc, Fort Pierce Police Chief R. Sean Baldwin, Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson and Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella.
The Hundred Club is proud of its record of devoting 100 percent of the money it raises to helping families of seriously injured emergency services professionals or those killed in the line of duty. All services are provided by dedicated volunteers.
The annual meeting and banquet is held to honor outstanding police officers, deputies, state troopers and fire fighters, as selected by their agencies. The president of the St. Lucie County Hundred Club is Jane Rowley.
This year, the 2013 banquet and annual meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and at 7 p.m. for dinner at the Gator Trace Country Club, located 4302 Gator Trace Drive in Fort Pierce on Tuesday, May 21.
The event is open to the public and an individual membership, which includes a ticket to the banquet, is $100. A law enforcement/fire fighter membership, allowing one person to attend the annual meeting, is $50. A corporate membership, allowing two people to attend, is $250. For $2,000, one is entitled to a lifetime individual membership.
Please mail contributions to: Hundred Club of St. Lucie County, c/o Tammy Schwab, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce 34981-4825.
For more information on the Hundred Club, call (772) 462-3210.