The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire made more than $21,000 during a Red, White and Blue BBQ in conjunction with the 14th annual Bryan County Public Safety Day earlier this month.
Thousands gathered at First Baptist Church Richmond Hill to witness displays and demonstrations from emergency agencies and other organizations in Bryan County, Richmond Hill, Garden City, Pooler and Chatham County.
Local organizations participating in Public Safety Day included Bryan County Emergency Services, Richmond Hill fire and police departments and South Bryan Volunteer Firefighters Association.
Attendees were able to experience the Two Hundred Club’s Fallen First Responders Memorial, which tells the names and stories of area fallen first responders. Nationwide, several hundred first responders die in the line of duty every year, and many more are injured. A donation to the club goes toward ensuring that their families can stay in their homes, maintain a decent standard of living and remain in or enter school.
"I cannot express in words how proud I was to see such a wonderful atmosphere filled with generosity, cooperation and support," Club President Mark Dana said. "We want to thank all those who donated towards the cause. We also want to thank Kevin Fabre of Smokin’ Pig for doing an excellent job providing the meal."
The Savannah-based club is primarily funded through tax-deductible memberships, which range from $250 to $1,000 per year. Donations also are welcome.
For more information about the Two Hundred Club, go to www.twohundredclub.org.