St. Lucie County Hundred Club, Inc., Florida
The 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. Help us provide for families of these officers by joining The Hundred Club of St. Lucie County.
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.
On June 17, the St. Lucie County Hundred Club honored its officers of the year, nominated by emergency services agencies in the county. Ninety-seven people attended the awards banquet at Gator Trace Country Club, Fort Pierce, the largest such gathering in the history of the club.
The purpose of the St. Lucie County Hundred Club is to provide financial and moral support to the families of emergency services officers seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. The banquet is the principal fund-raiser of the organization. Information including how to join is available at the website or by calling 772-462-3205.
Donations are tax deductible pursuant to subsection 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code.
The club was founded here in 1987. Pictured:
- Front row, left to right:
- Port St. Lucie Police Detective Christopher D'Angelo
- Fort Pierce Police Officer Jeffrey Wachendorfer
- St. Lucie County Sheriff's Detective Paul Taylor
- St. Lucie County Firefighter Joseph Payne
- Back row, left to right:
- Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Alvaro Feola
- Port St. Lucie Police Chief John A. Bolduc
- Retired Fort Pierce Police Chief R. Sean Baldwin, a member of the Hundred Club Board of Directors
- President of the Hundred Club Jane Rowley
- St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
- St. Lucie County Deputy Fire Chief Brian Blizzard
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement Resident Agent in Charge Mike Bartus
- Not pictured
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Kevin Kulp
- Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Ronald Weber.
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.
Those who were honored for outstanding accomplishments are listed. You can learn more about the accomplishments that earned these officers recognition by their agencies, in the words of their agencies' leaders:
- Special Agent Eric Jester of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (PDF), presented by Resident Agent in Charge Michael Bartus
- Lieutenant Tom Mikovsky of the St. Lucie County Fire District (PDF), presented by Fire Chief Ron Parrish
- Port St. Lucie Police Officer Scott Johnson (PDF), presented by Chief John Bolduc
- Fort Pierce Police Detective Tyrone Campbell (PDF), presented by Chief R. Sean Baldwin
- Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Gitto (PDF), presented by Lieutenant Harry Coker
- St. Lucie County Sheriff's Detective Paul Pearson (PDF), presented by Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
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?
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."
- F.B.I. (St. Lucie County)
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement (St. Lucie County)
- Florida Highway Patrol (St. Lucie County)
- Fort Pierce Police Department
- Internal Revenue Service (St. Lucie County)
- Port St. Lucie Police Department
- St. Lucie County Fire District
- St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
- St. Lucie Village Marshall
- State Attorney, 19th Judicial District
- State of Florida Forestry (St. Lucie County)
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (St. Lucie County)
The St. Lucie County Hundred Club's website has details about the organization and how to become a member.
Fees & Benefits
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 - $2,000 (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.