The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire had its inaugural Red, White and Blue Barbecue in Ellis Square last month and raised more than $23,000 to help the family members of fallen first responders.
More than 1,500 supporters gathered throughout the day to support the event while enjoying barbecue, ice cream and music.
Local bands In for a Penny, Keith and Ross, and Bottles and Cans performed while Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police vehicles were on display with a tribute to fallen first responders and information about the Two Hundred Club’s work.
Club President Mark Dana said, “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.”
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 first responders in the club’s 20-county service area, which includes Liberty and Long counties.
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, go to www.twohundredclub.org.