DECEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

Letter From the President

The Two Hundred Club has responded to two critical career ending illnesses, two line of duty critical injuries, and three off duty deaths to date in 2017. We are also assisting four children and one spouse through college. Taylor Jones, daughter of Corporal Mark Jones, has worked very hard over the past four years. She only has two classes to complete to graduate in May with a duel major in Forensic Science and Biological Anthropology.

It has been a very successful fundraising year bringing $286,055 from dues, donations, and events.Our membership drive brought in a little over $62,000. Our membership dues are the foundation of our fundraising efforts to continue our mission of “Caring for those who care for us, today, tomorrow, and always.” We will be sending out membership invoices in the month of December; we need your continued support for our men and women who care for our communities. As always, we attempt to have accurate records; if you receive in error or do not receive an invoice when you should, please contact Karen at Karen.sawers@savannahlodging.com, and we will correct the error immediately.

Our greatest achievement this year has been the documentary produced by WTOC, Craig Harney, and Doug Weathers. The documentary has generated new memberships, donations, and raised awareness within our community about the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire. If you have not had an opportunity to view the documentary, you can view it below.

Have a safe and happy holiday season! Please keep the Two Hundred Club in your thoughts for charitable giving during the holidays.

Warm Regard,
Mark Dana

2018 SAVANNAH MILE

The 2017 Savannah Mile was one of the most successful fundraising efforts to date for the Two Hundred Club, with a gross income of $168,519, including the In-Kind donations of time and material by multiple companies and individuals, allowing the Two Hundred Club to use 100% of the sponsorships for the families. The net income of $101,056 was second only to the 2008 Savannah Mile.

This year the Memory Walk was expanded to include, Georgia State Patrol Piper Dan Bray, the Honor Guard, a riderless horse, forty-two family members of our fallen heroes, the first responder escorts, and vehicles from 14 Sheriff’s Offices, area police, EMS, fire departments, and the Georgia State Patrol. If you have not seen the drone video, produced by member Pete Chaison, please go to either our website www.twohundredclub.org or our Facebook page 200 Club of the Coastal Empire to view it.

RED WHITE & BLUE BASEBALL NIGHT

The Savannah Bananas once again hosted the Two Hundred Club for an evening of softball followed by baseball. The Law Enforcement Softball Team beat the EMS/Fire Department Team by a score of 14 to 5. With one win each, next year’s battle, should prove to be fierce.

The law enforcement’s team member, K-9 Dooley, certainly did a great job at first base. The firefighters were uncertain how to approach K-9 Dooley.

Jeffrey Nielsen, grandson to Firefighter Terry Nielsen, threw the first pitch, while his extended family rallied around him. The Savannah Bananas played the Lexington County Blowfish in an 11 – 2 win. The evening was a huge success for the 200 Club, having sold 855 tickets and having an enormous winner take all Summer Fun Package to raffle off. The package worth over a $1000, included donations from Wet Willies, Bull River Marina, the Fun Zone, Splash in the Boro, Old City Helicopter Tours, Nine Line Apparel, Savannah Lodging, Summer Waves, Segway of Savannah, and the Two Hundred Club.

RED WHITE & BLUE BARBEQUE

The Red White & Blue BBQ was a tremendous success, raising just shy of $20,000. The Whole Boston Butt sale turned out to provide many families with wonderful meals to enjoy. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office prepared 200 Boston Butts, The International Trade and Convention Center prepared 195 Boston Butts, and the Smokin Pig prepared 72 Boston Butts. FULL prepared the Macaroni and Cheese and Derst Bakery supplied the rolls to complete the meals. Leopold’s Ice Cream donated the proceeds from their sales to the 200 Club and Old Savannah Tours delivered whole Boston butts and 96 meals to local businesses.  The Georgia Patrol and Safety Training Center provided volunteers to make the day a success.
Ellis Square was a vibrant hub on Saturday, October 21st with many people coming to listen to the music by Keith and Jason, Stephen Rankin, and Bottles and Cans and to enjoy great BBQ.
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