Due to the recent death of Constable Brian Bachmann on August 13th, 2012, the 100 Club has been an instrumental support group for his wife and children who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. We rely on organizations like this who help us to look after and support the families of our fallen Brothers in Blue. The Bryan Police department and other local law enforcement agencies in the Brazos Valley sincerely thank the 100 Club for their support of the Brian Bachmann family.
On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, The 100 Club presented the family of Brazos County Precinct 1 Constable Brian Bachman with a gift of $20,000 to help with any of their immediate financial needs. When times are better for the family, the organization will come back to assess their financial needs and assist the Bachman family in eliminating their det. This includes paying off mortgages, college educations for the children and other family debt. These gifts are based on the particular needs of each family and average $300,000 per incident.
Helping the families of our local law enforcement officers and firefighters has been the driving point of The 100 Club since its inception over fifty-nine years ago. It was then, that a handful of citizens recognized the need to gather together, much like a family, to help those who put their lives on the line for each of us on a daily basis. Since that beginning in 1953, the citizen based non-profit organization has touched 145 families with its support. 100 Club support includes paying off home mortgages, vehicle debt and providing funds for the furtherance of the family’s children(s) education. On average, each gift from The 100 Club is approximately $300,000. To date, over $13,400,000 has been given to the families of those who protect and serve our community.
The familiar 100 Club decal seen on the vehicles of it’s over 29,400 members is an expression of support for our law enforcement and firefighting Heroes in an 18 county region, including Brazos County. Many might not realize that the Club does more than support the families of our Fallen Heroes. Several years after the Club organized, its Board of Directors made a proactive move to provide life protecting equipment to law enforcement agencies. Items such as bullet proof vests, radio equipment and even armored personnel carriers for SWAT teams in our area. To date, The 100 Club has given those agencies more than $12,000,000 in life protecting equipment. The Club also provides scholarships to law enforcement officer’s studying Criminal Justice at Prairie View A&M, the University of Houston Downtown and at Sam Houston State University. The Scholarship program provides both undergraduate and graduate educations to those officers studying in their chosen profession. The educational support has resulted in 573 college graduates with the financial support awarded at $6,518,000.
The 100 Club is a citizen based organization that receives no government support. When one of our Heroes in killed in the line of duty, our members band together to provide the financial support to help those immediate family members left behind after their loved has gone down protecting each of us.
The Club has no involvement in politics, does not endorse or recommend products, and does not make telemarketing calls. Its only concern is that of the law enforcement officers (Federal, State, County and Municipal) and firefighters (paid and volunteer) in the 18 county region, surrounding Houston, that the Club operates in. Several years ago, the Club’s Board of Directors added line of duty death support to the immediate families of all Texas Department of Public Safety (sworn) personnel, Texas Parks & Wildlife (sworn) personnel, Agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Institutional personnel of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (prisons).
Annual memberships are a $100 a year and lifetime memberships are $1,000. To become a member and support the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for all us, call (713) 952-0100 or join via The 100 Club website which is: www.the100club.org.