FOR THE FAMILIES
ANNUAL REPORT 2017
We Raise Hope
Darrell B. Jackson
100 Club of Chicago Board President
Unfortunately, we lost 3 heroes this past year: Firefighter Lawrence Matthews on June 10, Officer Bernard Domagala on September 5 and Officer Andre Van Vegten on November 12. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten and the 100 Club will always continue to look after their families.
I am honored to continue to be part of this mission. This June, I assisted in delivering a check to the Matthews family. In that moment, we assured the Matthews family that the 100 Club will be there for them from that point onward.
As Board President, I am one of 36 board members who assist in raising funds and developing programs to address the needs of our 100 Club family members, not just at the point of tragedy, but throughout their lives. I am proud to say that we held our first Raising Hope Awards this past fall and it was a great success. With the dedication of our corporate partners and supporters, we raised $457,350. These funds will continue to sustain our organization, and ensure our ability to continue providing for such deserving families.
FROM OUR BOARD PRESIDENT
"HOPE IS INFECTIOUS! It's alive, lighting our way in the darkness and allowing us to move forward confidently."
- Eugene Blackmon, III
100 Club Scholar
The 100 Club of Chicago
In the year 2017, we focused on the very reason that the 100 Club of Chicago exists—our 100 Club Families. Their strength and resilience inspire us to do better every day so that we can continue our mission.
The 100 Club of Chicago provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This membership based organization offers several forms of financial assistance, access to resources and moral support. All sworn federal, state, county and local first responders stationed in both Cook and Lake Counties are included.
When heroes fall, we raise hope.
Hope is a driving force that continues to thrive even in the darkest of times. In 2017, we spread hope in the wake of tragedy by showing our families that we will always be there.
The 100 Club of Chicago thanks you for continuing to bring hope to our families through
We move forward into 2018 with a focus on our Scholars. These young men and women are pursuing their dreams and thriving in their higher education careers. We look forward to telling their stories in the coming year, and to continuing to be a necessary lifeline for all of our first responders and their families.
SCHOOLS ATTENDED IN 2017
FIRST RESPONSE AID
Firefighter Lawrence Matthews, June 10, 2017
Officer Bernard Domagala, September 5, 2017
Officer Andre Van Vegten, November 2, 2017
Thank you for your bravery and your service.
Over the course of 2017, 22 dependents of fallen first responders were able to achieve their higher education goals. Three 100 Club Scholars successfully graduated, and six more were able to start their higher education careers with support from the 100 Club. Scholarships totaling $226,268 were distributed.
"Family and friends aside, the 100 Club of Chicago has been the backbone in supporting the pursuit of my educational dreams and goals."
In 2017, we lost three heroes. While money can never replace the loss of a loved one, funds can be extremely helpful in easing the financial burden associated with the tragic event. This past year, $100,000 was distributed to our 100 Club families.
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Illinois State University
Miami Ad School
Olivet Nazarene University
Purdue University Calumet
St. Ambrose University
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Oklahoma
Western Illinois University
Son of Fallen Officer Michael Flisk
Graduated in May 2017 with a Master of Criminal Justice Degree from St. Ambrose University
27 Awards Given
The 100 Club of Chicago is involved with several different types of events every year. Each one brings more awareness of the 100 Club mission and introduces new people to the 100 Club. These initiatives are held in both Cook and Lake County. Funds raised from events totaled over $818,000.
Presented by McHugh Construction and Wintrust Financial, Family Day is an annual event where we bring our 100 Club Families together for a day at the Brookfield Zoo. Family Day honors the legacy of our fallen heroes, and serves as a day of reflection and remembrance.
14 Hockey Pucks Dropped
Just Over 2 Marathons Run
(That's 53.9 miles!)
Contributions and Memberships = $338,265
Our University Partners provide two full scholarships for our 100 Club Scholars each year. We thank them for their support of our Educational Assistance Program.
The 100 Club of Chicago Gold Shield Partners Program includes six businesses/organizations that represent the best in their respective industry. These organizations work with the families of the fallen to provide them with pro bono professional support in the areas of Counseling, Law, Financial Decision Making and Education.
Contributions account for 45%
Memberships account for 55%
Benedictine University ● College of Lake County ● Columbia College Chicago
● Concordia University ● DePaul University ● Dominican University
● Elmhust College ● Illinois Institute of Technology ● Indiana Tech University
● John Marshall Law School ● Judson University ● Kent College of Law
●Lewis University ● Loras College ● Loyola University Chicago
● Northeastern Illinois University ● Northwestern University
● Robert Morris University ● Roosevelt University ● St. Xavier University
● University of Chicago
Individual donations account for one-fourth of the 100 Club of Chicago's revenue. These can come from a standard donation, or through the form of a membership.
CLIFFORD LAW GROUP
Tragedy can strike at any moment. Your annual contribution to the 100 Club of Chicago helps ensure that the Club will be able to provide uninterrupted support for families who lose a loved one in the line of duty.
Thank you for considering a gift to the 100 Club of Chicago for 2018.
Learn more at 100clubchicago.org/join.
With nearly 1,500 members in 2017, this ever growing group of supporters is a fundamental part of what makes the 100 Club the organization it is today. Memberships range from $50-$5,000, and all of those funds go toward our mission.
GOLD SHIELD PARTNERS
Juan Gaytan, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Joseph J. Ahern
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Events
Director of Communications & Membership
Chairman: Ralph B. Mandell
President: Darrell Jackson
Chief Executive Officer: Joseph J. Ahern
Executive Vice President: Michael J. Meagher
Vice President: Denis J. Healy
Secretary: Liz LIvingston Howard
Treasurer: Robert A. Sullivan
Chairman Emeritus: James V. Riley
President Emeritus: James J. O'Connor
Board of Directors
100 Club of Chicago
Sheldon Good, CCIM
Jeanne Randall Malkin
Thomas Meagher, Sr.
B. Michael Pallasch
Edward Weil, Jr.
Larry Rogers, Jr.