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RWB logo large publicationRICHMOND HILL FIRE & POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND BRYAN COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES SUPPORT THE TWO HUNDRED CLUB DURING 13TH ANNUAL PUBLIC SAFETY DAY – INTRODUCING NEW RED, WHITE & BLUE BBQ

10:00AM – 3:00PM APRIL 9, 2016

RICHMOND HILL, GA – February 17, 2016 – The Richmond Hill Fire & Police Departments and Bryan County Emergency Services are partnering with The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire to make their 13th annual Public Safety Day bigger and better.

Slated to take place at the First Baptist Church, 9184 Ford Avenue in Richmond Hill from 10:00am – 3:00pm on Saturday April 9, 2016, this popular family friendly day will once again feature safety demonstrations, kid’s activities and a silent auction.  However, for the first time The Two Hundred Club of The Coastal Empire will co-host the first Bryan County Red, White and Blue BBQ where attendees will be invited to ‘donate for a plate’ of delicious BBQ to raise money for the family members of fallen and injured first responders.

The Two Hundred Club is a 501(c) (3) organization that provides assistance to the family members of fallen and injured first responders in 18 Georgia and 2 South Carolina counties including Bryan County.  Its newest initiative – dubbed the “Red, White and Blue Campaign” because those colors represent the three services they assist with: fire, EMS and law enforcement – focuses on raising awareness of the club’s efforts, expanding its support base and raising funds for the families of fallen first responders. A successful event was held in October in Chatham County and The Two Hundred Club’s ambition is to hold family friendly events throughout all 20 counties in which they operate.  An exhibition of fallen first responders will be displayed during the day and the proceeds of the silent auction will be donated to The Two Hundred Club.

The organization, now in its 15th year, strives to lessen the devastating effects of tragedies by providing immediate and significant financial assistance to surviving family members of those first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. To date, the group has given over $1.2 million to beneficiaries in Brantley, Beaufort, S.C.; Bryan; Bulloch; Camden; Candler; Chatham; Effingham; Evans; Glynn; Jasper, S.C.; Jenkins; Liberty; Long; McIntosh; Pierce; Screven; Tattnall; Toombs; and Wayne counties.

Chief Catlett with the Richmond Hill Fire Department said, “Several hundred first responders die in the line of duty every year, and many times that number are injured – all while working to save citizens’ lives and keep our communities safe. When a public-safety provider suffers serious injury or death on the job, the heartbreak and hardship endured by surviving loved ones can be unbearable. In addition to adjusting to new emotional realities or a life without a treasured family member, spouses and children must continue to meet financial obligations and keep their households running. Doing so often proves tremendously difficult, as families often aren’t prepared to deal with such a financial devastation.  A donation to the Two Hundred Club goes directly towards insuring that families can stay in their homes, maintain a decent standard of living and remain in or enter educational programs.”

When a public-safety provider suffers serious injury or death on the job, the heartbreak and hardship endured by surviving loved ones can be unbearable. In addition to adjusting to new emotional realities or a life without a treasured family member, spouses and children must continue to meet financial obligations and keep their households running. Doing so often proves tremendously difficult, as families often aren’t prepared to deal with such a financial devastation.  A donation to the Two Hundred Club goes directly towards insuring that families can stay in their homes, maintain a decent standard of living and remain in or enter educational programs.

Chief Freddy Howell of Bryan County Emergency Servces said, “First responders’ primary mission is to respond to people in need who are in emergency situations, which may include going into a burning building or responding to shots being fired. The nature of the work can be extremely dangerous and the pay is low. If tragedy should strike, causing a disabling injury or even taking the life of the first responder, the family is left to pick up the pieces. The Two Hundred Club steps in to and lives up to their motto or slogan ‘Helping those who help us’ which explains it all.  We hope you can join us for a fun public safety day and in supporting this wonderful organization!”

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WhitmanTHE TWO HUNDRED CLUB OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE RAISES OVER $3,000 FOR THE FAMILIES OF FALLEN FIRST RESPONDERS AT THE HISTORIC WHITMAN MANSION

SAVANNAH, GA – February 16, 2016 The historic Whitman Mansion on Whitaker Street recently held a wine tasting and auction raising over $3,000 for The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire.

During this private event, guests were offered a taste of what the beautifully restored Victorian mansion has to offer. They enjoyed specialties of the mansion including the now legendary dishes of Heritage Salmon and Beef Whitman and a full bar that were generously donated by The Whitman Mansion.

Over 50 attendees joined the party to support The 200 Club which is an organization based in Savannah that provides assistance to the family members of fallen and injured first responders in 18 Georgia and 2 South Carolina counties.

The Whitman Mansion General Manager Bob Vardzel said, “The Whitman was honored to host this event.  This gave us a way to give back to those who risk their lives for our community.”

Mark Dana, President of The Two Hundred Club said “We have really been focusing on raising funds for our first responders and their families.  This was the first fundraiser for 2016 and we are extremely grateful to The Whitman for offering their beautiful facility to us and hosting this important fundraising event.  We are passionate about The Two Hundred Club and are looking forward to having more events in the near future.”

The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire is a registered 501 c (3) organization in the state of Georgia and provides immediate monetary assistance to the families of fallen first responders.  To learn more about this organization, donate or become a member please visit www.twohundredclub.org.

The Whitman Mansion overlooking Forsyth Park is available for special events or vacations (three-night minimum stay required).  For pricing information, details, availability and more information, call The Whitman at 912-704-6233, visit www.thewhitmansavannah.com or email yourmansion@thewhitmansavannah.com.

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Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire Raises over $23,000 at Inaugural Barbecue

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Savannah, GA – October 21, 2015 – The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire held its inaugural Red, White and Blue Barbecue in Ellis Square on Friday, October 16 and raised over $23,000 to help the family members of fallen first responders. Over 1,500 supporters gathered throughout the day eager to support the donation based event while enjoying world class BBQ, ice cream, beverages and live music.

Local bands In for a Penny, Keith and Ross and Bottles and Cans performed for the crowd while Savannah Metropolitan Police vehicles were on display with a tribute to fallen first responders and information about the Two Hundred Club’s work. Supporters socialized over ribs, pulled pork and delicious side dishes at tables set up in the center of Ellis Square, while many others picked up pre-ordered to-go orders at the drive through to take back to the office. Over 1,300 meals were plated and served thanks to many generous sponsors and volunteers.

Two Hundred Club President Mark Dana comments, “Our fundraiser was a tremendous success due to our dedicated members and community. I cannot express in words how proud I was to see such a wonderful atmosphere filled with generosity, cooperation and support.”

SPONSORS INCLUDED: Savannah Lodging, GC BBQ, Wet Willies, Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp, Ruby T’s, Savannah Technical College, Savor – Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, Paul Kennedy Catering, City of Savannah, Savannah Fire and Rescue, SCMPD, Coca Cola, Service Brewing, Adalay, Southern Eagle, Savannah Distributing, Advanced AV Rentals, Keith and Ross, Bottles and Cans, In for a Penny, Host South, Yates Astro, Old Savannah Tours, Pedi Cab Savannah, Savannah Waterfront Association, Triangle Ice, Levy Jewelers, Dan Vaden, Lesley Francis PR, Andaz, City Market, Belford’s, StayinSavannah.com, AOK Portables, American Hotel Register, Paper Chemical Supplies, Buzz Crider, Creative Approach, Leopold’s Ice Cream, ThyssenKrupp Elevators, Barnes Restaurant & Catering, Savannah Special Events by Ranco, Celebritees, WTKS, WRSQ, GPB, Savannah Magazine, Savannah Morning News, Connect Savannah, Visit Savannah, WSAV, WJCL, BOB 106.9, ROCK 106.1 and WTOC.

The Savannah-based Two Hundred Club is primarily funded through tax-deductible memberships, which range from $250 to $1,000 per year. Donations also are welcome. The benefits are determined at the sole discretion of the club’s board of directors and all proceeds go directly to the families of these fallen heroes in our community.

Members include professionals, homemakers, community leaders, small business owners and managers, corporate executives, retired and active-duty firefighters and law-enforcement officers.

For more information about The Two Hundred Club please visit www.twohundredclub.org.

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Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire Selects Lesley Francis PR

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SAVANNAH, GA – September 15, 2015 Lesley Francis Public Relations (LFPR) has been selected to work as marketing partners with the non-profit organization, The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire a 501(c) (3) organization that provides assistance to the family members of fallen and injured first responders in 18 Georgia and 2 South Carolina counties.

LFPR was established in 2009 by British born CEO Lesley Francis who successfully founded, built and sold a top fifteen healthcare specialty UK PR agency – hsdcommunications, before relocating to the USA.  LFPR specializes in promoting non-profit organizations and local businesses and is delighted to now be working to help raise the profile of the important work of The Two Hundred Club.

Club President, Mark Dana said “Our organization’s mission is to immediately respond with financial support for the families of the fallen that put their lives on the line for our safety every day.  We realize money can never replace the loss or disability of a loved one, but funds can be extremely helpful in easing the financial burden associated with these tragic events.  We selected Lesley Francis and her team as we believe they are the ideal marketing partner to help us achieve our fundraising goals and help launch our newest campaign”.

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Two Hundred Club Launches Red, White and Blue Campaign

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(Savannah, GA) September 8, 2015 – The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, a 501(c) (3) organization that provides assistance to the family members of fallen and injured first responders in 18 Georgia and 2 South Carolina counties, is proud to officially launch its new “Red, White & Blue Campaign” and announce its inaugural fundraising event.

The organization, now in its 15th year, strives to lessen the devastating effects of tragedies by providing immediate and significant financial assistance to surviving family members of those first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. To date, the group has given over $1.2 million to beneficiaries in Brantley, Beaufort, S.C.; Bryan; Bulloch; Camden; Candler; Chatham; Effingham; Evans; Glynn; Jasper, S.C.; Jenkins; Liberty; Long; McIntosh; Pierce; Screven; Tattnall; Toombs; and Wayne counties.

The Two Hundred Club’s newest initiative – dubbed the “Red, White and Blue Campaign” because those colors represent the three services they assist with: fire, EMS and law enforcement – focuses on the importance of the organization’s mission and its financial supporters.

When a public-safety provider suffers serious injury or death on the job, the heartbreak and hardship endured by surviving loved ones can be unbearable. In addition to adjusting to new emotional realities or a life without a treasured family member, spouses and children must continue to meet financial obligations and keep their households running. Doing so often proves tremendously difficult, as families often aren’t prepared to deal with such a financial devastation.  A donation to the Two Hundred Club goes directly towards insuring that families can stay in their homes, maintain a decent standard of living and remain in or enter educational programs.

To raise awareness of the club’s efforts, expand its support base and raise funds for the families of fallen first responders, a “Red, White and Blue Barbecue” is planned from 11.30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 in downtown Savannah’s Ellis Square. The event, which is co-hosted by the annual Savannah Food & Wine Festival, 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.

All funds raised through the barbecue and the campaign will benefit the Two Hundred Club’s primary goal of easing the pain of Georgia and South Carolina families who are struggling with the loss or injury of a law-enforcement officer, firefighter or EMS provider. For more information on the campaign, joining the club, making a donation or attending the barbecue, call 912-721-4418, email info@twohundredclub.org or go to www.twohundredclub.org. The Two Hundred Club, which is supported by donations and the dues of its members, understands how much immediate monetary support means to those who find themselves in such unfortunate situations. And the organization’s leadership is appealing to the public to empathize with these families and help ensure the club can continue its mission.

The Savannah-based Two Hundred Club is primarily funded through tax-deductible memberships, which range from $250 to $1,000 per year. Donations also are welcome. The benefits are determined at the sole discretion of the club’s board of directors and all proceeds go directly to the families of these fallen heroes in our community.

Members include professionals, homemakers, community leaders, small business owners and managers, corporate executives, retired and active-duty firefighters and law-enforcement officers. Civic-minded individuals from all walks of life are encouraged to get involved and help make a difference, according to Two Hundred Club President Mark Dana.

“The honor from aiding these families is a treasure that money can’t buy. We are all dedicated to the one purpose of bringing love into the lives of the families our heroes have left behind. We’re always eager to work alongside other philanthropic community members and hope they’ll consider supporting this worthy cause.  Previous Two Hundred Club events where food has been available have attracted donations of up to $500 a plate so we are hopeful that our first annual BBQ in Savannah will raise a significant amount for the families we help” Dana said.

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The Two Hundred Club is primarily funded through tax deductible memberships, which range from $250 to $1,000 per year. We share with our members excerpts from the letters that we receive from the grateful surviving families.