The 100 Club is a 32,000-member non-profit organization that began in 1953, which provides financial support to the dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters who are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty in 32 counties surrounding Houston.
* Expanded counties only include benefits for line-of-duty deaths and serious injuries.
Also covered are all peace officers of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
A group of five men – consisting of Leopold L. Meyer, Ray R. Elliot, R. H. Abercrombie, William A. “Bill” Smith, and Jim “Silver Dollar” West – realized the need to support the dependents of Houston police officers killed in the line of duty.
So they reached out and motivated 100 people to contribute $100 each toward the mission. Thus, The 100 Club was born.
For nearly 50 years, the organization focused on police officers, but in 2001, The 100 Club expanded to support firefighters. As new counties have been added and new public servants have been supported, the mission has always remained the same. And today, the organization has grown from 100 humble members to more than 30,000 strong.
Photo courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.