How it Began
In the early 1950's a Detroit businessman elicited generous response when he asked friends to contribute to the family of a young local police officer fatally wounded while attempting to thwart a bank robbery. The first 100 Club was founded by this group of Detroit businesssmen. Over the years, other organizations have formed across the nation through word of mouth to accomplish the same goals. The 200 Club of Wake County is modeled after The 200 Club of Morris County, New Jersey which was formed in the 1970's.
June 2000 - Wake County
The 200 Club of Wake County was formed as a non-profit corporation in June of 2000. Its mission is to provide immediate funds to the surviving spouse and children of public safety officers who lose their life in the line of duty. The impetus behind The 200 Club came from the parents of a Raleigh police officer killed in the line of duty in July of 1997. That same year North Carolina tragically lost seven public safety officers killed in the line of duty, two of whom were from Wake County. There was a tremendous outpouring of concern for the lives lost and many people expressed a desire to do something to show their support for the families. The 200 Club provides the community with that opportunity.