Giving Back to Those Who Serve
The Hundred Club may be Broward Countyâ€™s best kept secret. First formed in Detroit in 1952 by retired Pontiac dealer, William Packer, The Hundred Club was the first U.S. organization to provide assistance to dependent children of firefighters and officers killed in the line of duty. When Mr. Packer retired and moved to Florida in 1962, he established a chapter here. The organization later expanded its mission to include military families.
The main goal of the organization is to help families during the first few days following a traumatic line of duty event. â€œWe meet with the family, ascertain what is needed, and provide immediate financial assistance to help them cope and get back on their feet,â€ said Scott Gooding, president of the organization and a retired BSO District Chief for all Broward County Courthouses.
In addition to financial assistance following a death or trauma, The Hundred Club provides college scholarships to active members of law enforcement, fire service and the military as well as dependent children of those killed in the line of duty for those groups.
The Hundred Club has endowment funds with five Florida colleges including Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, and University of Florida. Three additional schools will be added in 2016.
Eligible students may visitÂ http://www.the100club.net to read more about the scholarship criteria and find links and contact information for applications at each of the schools.