I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each of you for your continued generosity and support of the Two Hundred Club. Our mission is so critical to the families of our fallen heroes and your support allows us to continue to step in and provide much needed assistance and opportunity for our families. 1943 was the last year that our nation has experienced less than 100 deaths of our Law Enforcement community. Unfortunately, 72 years later we will most likely not fall below 100 this year. Nationwide, our Firefighters are in no less danger as they must continue to enter into massive infernos without pause in order to attempt to protect life and property. We owe our quality of life to these brave men and women. Locally, within the 20 Counties that we serve, we have responded to 7 families this year and have provided over $100,000. in assistance. Recently we lost Corporal Hall with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and Firefighter Hardy with the Burton Fire District, SC. Firefighter Hardy leaves behind his wife Nicole and three young daughters. We will continue to work very hard to ensure that we have the resources needed to respond to our loving families.
We continue to need your support! Please use your ability to raise awareness and assist with our membership. We live in such a wonderful community and know that there are so many individuals who would join the Two Hundred Club if they simply knew about what we do. Please help us make all of our fundraising events successful by participating. We will have our inaugural Red White & Blue BBQ event on October 16th in Ellis Square right in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District. We will feature world class BBQ, live music, ice cream, and honor our fallen by displaying the stories of those who have given their lives protecting innocence from evil. We hope to see you there. If you cannot participate in this event, please think about an event that you can help create. Your event could raise funds and much needed awareness.
I look forward to communicating with you each quarter in our newsletter, and I will always be extremely thankful for your continued support and generosity.
Introducing the Red, White and Blue Campaign and BBQ
Friday, October 16, 2015
Ellis Square, Savannah
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
The Two Hundred Club’s newest initiative – dubbed the “Red, White and Blue Campaign” because these colors represent the three services we assist with: fire, EMS and law enforcement is holding our inaugural event - a “Red, White and Blue Barbecue” from 11.30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 in downtown Savannah’s Ellis Square. The event will feature delectable fare from a wide variety of well-known local restaurants as well as live entertainment.
People will be invited to “donate for a plate” and while the minimum suggested donation is $15 the highest individual and corporate donations on the day will be highlighted. Individuals signing up for membership to the Two Hundred Club on October 16th will be entitled to a free plate of delicious barbecued pulled pork, succulent spare ribs, fresh coleslaw, baked beans and Texas toast. Businesses and eateries who’ve agreed to generously donate food for the occasion include Gerald's Pig and Shrimp, Savannah Lodging, G.C. BBQ and Ruby Tuesday and Leopold’s Ice Cream will be there serving their delicious frozen treats . A wide array of beverages – provided by Coca-Cola, Southern Eagle, Service Brewery, and United Distributing - will be sold. Anyone who wants to pre-order a plate can do so by going to www.twohundredclub.org. Pre-ordered meals will be available for drive-thru pickup between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or in Ellis Square. As attendees enjoy classic Southern cuisine and good company, they’ll be treated to an upbeat medley of country, blues and even Irish pop tunes, courtesy of Keith and Ross, In For A Penny, and Bottles and Cans.
Please encourage everyone you know to get involved, join our club and eat lunch at Ellis Square next Friday October 16.
2015 Savannah Mile
Saturday, May 23, 2015 was the 10th anniversary of the Savannah Mile over Memorial Day weekend starting at Forsyth Park on Drayton Street (at Park Street) and finishing at Drayton Street (at Broughton Street). It was a fantastic success raising over $145,000.
Our awards and party at Johnson Square were great fun and we were delighted to welcome back Captain Matthew Vinton from the 1st Ranger Brigade who passed the Full Gear All Out flag to Eiger Erickson. Full gear is defined as 30 pounds of gear including helmets, jackets and packs – which is a pretty tough challenge for anyone!
What's Next for the Two Hundred Club?
We are delighted to announce two social evenings for the new year which will raise funds for The Two Hundred Club. On January 27th we will be hosted at the delightful Whitman Mansion on Whitaker Street as our organization has been selected as the next beneficiary of their quarterly series of Whitman Wednesday fundraisers. On the evening of April 20th the Mansion on Forsyth Park will honor The Two Hundred Club and help us raise funds with their monthly Martinis at the Mansion event.
The date of our next Valor Awards has been confirmed as Tuesday, February 26, 2016 at the Charles H. Morris Center. This is always a moving and important event for The Two Hundred Club as we pause to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Please mark your 2016 calendars!
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