100 Club Honors Heroes at
2017 Valor Awards
We would like to thank board member Denis Healy and everyone at Turtle Wax and Zeno Group who have been long-time supporters of the 100 Club. We will be honoring Denis with our Lifetime Achievement Award at our upcoming Raising Hope Awards in September. Denis and Turtle Wax have been tremendous advocates for the Club, most recently with their ties to the Chicago Wolves and bringing the 100 Club into a new partnership. Their commitment allows us to continue providing for our first responder families.
Karin Lijana Matura
William J. O'Connell
Secretary: Liz Livingston Howard
Treasurer: Robert A. Sullivan
Chairman Emeritus: James V. Riley
President Emeritus: James J. O'Connor
FROM OUR LEADERSHIP
Chairman: Ralph B. Mandell
President Darrell B. Jackson
Chief Executive Officer: Joseph J. Ahern
Executive Vice President: Michael J. Meagher
Vice President: Denis J. Healy
Cover Photo: The Chicago Police Department Honor Guard presents the colors at the 2017 Valor Awards. (Latoya Flowers Photography)
I am excited to announce our 2017 Raising Hope Awards coming up next month on September 28th. We are focusing this year's annual event on the famlies we serve and the families that help us to serve.
The 100 Club is blessed to have such dedicated donors and members who truly care about the mission and our 262 families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. I look forward to seeing you come out to support our families and our first responders.
Robert H. Asher
Hon. Anne M. Burke
Russell H. Ewert
Peter A. Fasseas
Sheldon F. Good, CCIM
Martin E. Janis
Jeanne Randall Malkin
Thomas F. Meagher, Sr.
Dennis I. Mudd, Sr.
B. Michael Pallasch
Elizabeth M. Rochford
William P. Sullivan
Edward S. Weil, Jr.
Fred J O'Connor
Larry R. Rogers, Jr.
Glenn F. Tilton
Lawrence J. Wert
On June 11th, I came full circle in my 100 Club journey. After being a recipient of assistance 48 years ago, I was humbled to meet with our newest 100 Club family and deliver the first of many forms of support.
We are wrapping up our 50th year and I am proud of the work being done for our families. Thank you to all of you who give your time, prayers and resources to the 100 Club.
Board of Directors
Thank you, Turtle Wax and Zeno Group!
Hon. Edward M. Burke
Thomas J. Cashman
Juan Gaytan, Jr.
"Each dollar of financial assistance a student receives is one less that
they have to worry about."
We recently caught up with 100 Club Scholar,
Eugene Blackmon, III, who will soon be graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with his
MS in Project Management.
REMEMBERING OUR HEROES
Why did you decide to attend Embry-Riddle and what have you gained from your time there?
The MS in Project Management, the flexibility of 100% online courses, and the networking possibilities made Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University the best choice for me at the time.
My graduate career has connected me with professionals worldwide whose life experiences have helped encourage me to walk my own path and not fear to be different. These are experiences that will shape me and push me as I grow my personal brand and push forward to entrepreneurship.
What do you hope to do in the future after school?
As my schooling draws to a close, I am focused on developing my individual brand of GENEiusPM.com. Initially, I am looking for Project Management work and long-term I am focused on building my brand to become a speaker/blogger. I am seeking flexibility because I want to continue growing as a project management professional while traveling and working on other ventures.
We extend our condolences to the family of:
Dolton Fire Department Firefighter Lawrence Matthews
June 10, 2017
Captain Donald L. Barnes, Alsip Police Department, July 1, 1967
Captain John Donovan, Chicago Fire Department, October 10, 1967
Sergeant John Nagle, Northlake Police Department, October 27, 1967
Officer Anthony Perri, Northlake Police Department, October 17, 1967
Officer James R. Scamnnell, Chicago Police Department, July 2, 1972
Officer Anthony Raymond, Hillside Police Department, October 1, 1972
Investigator John A. Rusnak, Cook County Sheriff's Police, August 3, 1977
Officer James W. Koumoundouros, Chicago Police Department, September 7, 1977
Officer John F. Lynch, Chicago Police Department, August 19, 1982
Officer Martin E. Darcy, Jr., Chicago Police Department, September 27, 1982
Firefighter James E. Hill, Chicago Fire Department, July 4, 1987
Officer William M. Morrison, Chicago Police Department, September 4, 1987
Captain Richard O'Connor, Chicago Fire Department, October 5, 1987
Deputy U.S. Marshal Roy L. Frakes, U.S. Marshal's Service, July 20, 1992
Special Deputy U.S. Marshal Harry A. Belluomini, U.S. Marshal's Service, July 20, 1992
Lieutenant Patrick J. Luby, Oak Park Fire Department, July 29, 1992
Officer Albert L. Dixon, Jr., Chicago Police Department, September 12, 1992
Sergeant Michael Garner, Chicago Police Department, July 12, 1997
Officer David C. Evans, Chicago Police Department, August 25, 1997
Officer Gregory I. Young, Chicago Police Department, September 18, 1997
Officer Sean Laura, Markham Police Department, September 20, 1997
Trooper Anthony Millison, Illinois State Police, October 27, 1997
Trooper Erin Hehl, Illinois State Police, October 30, 1997
Steven E. Graham, Barrington-Inverness Police Department, August 25, 2002
Officer Benjamin Perez, Chicago Police Department, September 18, 2002
Correctional Officer Nikkii Bostic-Jones, Cook County Department of Corrections, July 18, 2012
How has the 100 Club helped you along the way?
The 100 Club has been absolutely indispensable to my studies both as an undergraduate and a graduate student. The love and support they have provided me through 1-on-1 consultations have helped me develop as an individual. They provide a priceless service. Some may think financial assistance is just money, or that it can't replace loved ones lost. This is true, but it's also much more than that.
Each dollar of financial assistance a student receives is one less that they have to worry about. The removal of the uncertainty and pressure that comes with figuring out how you will finance your next educational payment allows a student to slow down, enjoy life, explore who they are and who they want to be. I am forever thankful for the opportunity that the 100 Club has provided me.
THE 100 CLUB VALOR AWARDS
Below left, Director of Illinois State Police, Leo Schmitz, recounts the heroic acts of Trooper Johanna Rivera before presenting her with a Valor Award.
Below right, Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Mark Nielsen, Father Tom Mulcrone and Valor Award winner, Chicago Firefighter William Vaci, pose with 100 Club of Chicago Executives.
100 Club family members Susan and Laurie Johnson present Father Tom Mulcrone with a Valor Award.
On April 28, the 100 Club of Chicago honored 23 first responders from Cook and Lake County for their acts of bravery at the 37th Annual Valor Awards. Held at the beautiful Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, the evening consisted of the retelling of the valiant stories of the honorees' selflessness and courage. The program ended with a special Valor Award presented by 100 Club family members, Susan and Laurie Johnson, to Chicago Fire Department Chaplain Father Tom Mulcrone for his 30 years of service. Congratulations to all of the winners that evening and thank you for your service!
Honorees from Lake Zurich Fire Department,
Lake County Sheriff's Department and Park Forest Police Department wait to be recognized.
CEO Joe Ahern, Board Chairman Ralph Mandell and Board President Darrell Jackson stand with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and the award winners from CPD.
Right, Chief of Park Forest Police Department, Pete Green, presents Chief of Country Club Hills Police Department, William Jones, with a Valor Award for his son, Park Forest Police Officer Tim Jones. Officer Jones is currently in recovery for the injuries he sustained in the incident for which he and his fellow officers were being honored.
Below, the Lake Zurich Fire Department honorees and CEO Joe Ahern pose with the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who were present for National Superhero Day and to promote the TMNT 400 to be held at Chicagoland Speedway this September.
Top left, Chicago Police and Chicago Fire Hockey teams presented a check to the 100 Club for over $2,000. Funds were raised at the hockey teams' annual tournament.
Top middle, Skates the Gray Wolf of the Chicago Wolves hockey team, hung out in the back of a Rosemont ambulance as part of First Responders Night.
Top right, the Lake County Municipal League held the Five-0 5K in support of the 100 Club at Independence Grove Forest Preserve.
Below, the 100 Club barbecued and shared sandwiches from Kinfork with Engine 98 before Firefighter Appreciation Night with the Chicago Cubs.
National Police Week is held each May in Washington D.C. In addition to remembering our fallen heroes in the nation's capital, the state of Illinois and Cook County also hold memorials each May. This year, Cook County Sheriff's Police Officer Jason Gallero was recognized at these memorials. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Jason's friends, family and department.
Above left, thousands gather on the National Mall for the candlelight vigil for all fallen officers.
Above right, Governor Rauner addresses the crowd at the Illinois Police Officer Memorial Service.
Left, the Cook County Memorial Service honored fallen officers of past and present.
Bottom left, a 100 Club of Chicago Challenge Coin sits with Officer Jason Gallero's name on the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
Tom Wood Memorial Ride
Sunday, August 20 at 11:30 AM
Punishers Chicago West will be hosting the 1st Annual Officer Tom Wood Memorial Ride. Registration begins at 9:30 AM at Cruisin’ in Gilberts, IL and the ride will begin at 11:30 AM. Register on our website.
Inaugural Gildan Underwear Run
Friday, August 25 at 6:30 PM
This 1-mile fun run will be hosted at the lakefront on the Friday of the Chicago Triathlon weekend. For more information and to register, please visit the Chicago Triathlon website.
First Responder Ride
Saturday, August 26 at 9 AM
Woodstock Harley Davidson is hosting the First Responder Ride with registration starting at 9 AM and kickstands up at 10:30. For more information, visit their website.
Lake County Shoots and Ladders Charity Hockey Game
Saturday, August 26 at 4 PM
Police and Fire face off in a charity hockey game that benefits the 100 Club at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills. For more information, check out our website.
Chicago Triathlon 100 Club Challenge
Sunday, August 27
First Responders and civilians participating in the Chicago Triathlon are encouraged to participate in the 100 Club Challenge! Learn more details on the Triathlon website.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit:
If you have yet to renew your 100 Club of Chicago membership for 2017, please visit: 100clubchicago.org/renew
The 100 Club has received a number of requests over the past few months and has decided to establish a new volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities will include responsibilities such as special event registration, membership programs, and large mailings.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out
the volunteer application.
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