By KAROLYN GEPHART
The 63rd Annual Heroes Award Banquet was recently held, hosted by The 100 Club at Bayou City Event Center in Houston.
Club members honored 10 Firefighter’s and 29 Law Enforcement Officers for activities above and beyond the line of duty. Each of these awards was based on nominations made by their fellow officers and firefighters within an 18-county coverage area. This area includes both Brazoria and Galveston Counties.
During the program, Honoring the Honorable In Memoriam, one of the officers recognized and honored was Pearland Police Department Officer Endy Ekpanya who was killed in the line of duty June 12, 2016.
An award was presented to an officer in Galveston County.
Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jesse Falcon received an Officer of the Year Award.
The 100 Club was organized in 1953 by a small group of civic-minded, public spirited people who recognized the need for lending substantial support to the morale of peace officers.
The first Annual Awards Dinner was held in 1954 and since that time has become an established Greater Houston Area tradition.
Since 1976, The 100 Club has grown from a milestone of 1,000 members to its current membership of 31,906, according to Executive Director Rick Hartley.
The first check given to a family was $1000, now $20,000 is given immediately to the surviving spouse within 24 to 48 hours.
The average gift from The 100 Club to a dependent family is approximately $300,000. The amount given to date is $20,396,925.77 with 176 families receiving benefits.
To find out more about The 100 Club or to get involved, check out the website at www.The100Club.org.