Mark Dana, president of the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, which helps families of first responders killed in the line of duty, answers this week's questions:
Q: How long have you been involved with the Two Hundred Club?
A: I have been involved with the Two Hundred Club for 10 years.
Q: What was the original motivation behind your involvement with the Two Hundred Club?
A: I am a former police officer and have lost fellow officers and great friends in the line of duty. When I learned about the Two Hundred Club, I knew I had to help.
Q: What is the mission of the Two Hundred Club?
A: The Two Hundred Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that immediately responds to the families of our first responders who lose their life in the line of duty. The principal objective of the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire is to provide immediate financial assistance to the family members of local law enforcement officers, EMS and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty while protecting their communities. The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, a 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated on Oct. 16, 2000, serves 18 counties in Georgia and two counties in South Carolina.
Q: How many families have been influenced by this organization?
A: The Two Hundred Club has assisted 54 families to date, providing over $1.2 million in assistance.
Q: What made the Two Hundred Club want to team up with Bryan County for this year’s 14th Annual Public Safety Day?
A: The Bryan County Public Safety Day is an excellent opportunity for the Two Hundred Club to spread awareness of what it does and why. One hundred percent of all proceeds are provided to the family members we honorably serve.
Q: Where can the community find out more information on the Two Hundred Club and how to get involved?
A: Please visit our website at twohundredclub.org for more information or a link to see how you can help.