The trooper’s commanding officer quickly realized the financial burden suddenly thrust upon the trooper’s family by his untimely death. The family didn’t even have enough money for a funeral.
The commander took it upon himself to travel across the Sunshine State to ask local police and emergency responders to form organizations or “clubs” that would have immediate funding for fallen law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. Even though insurance money may become available as weeks and months pass, the real need is within the first twenty four hours following a death or serious accident.
Sheriff Rogers was very interested in the concept and asked Lt. Vanston and Auxiliary Deputy Salley to organize a committee to establish the need for having a “club” to raise money for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Since that beginning, Sheriffs Hunter and Rambosk; as well as the Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs and EMS Chiefs have outwardly supported the Collier County 100 Club.
The Honorable Kathleen Passidomo
Soon after its formation Collier County 100 Club organizers discovered other, long-established and active organizations in cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Columbus, OH, and Buffalo, NY – to name just a few. Information was gathered from several existing cities primarily located in the North East and Mid-West of the United States.
The Collier County pilot committee asked a handful of professionals and business leaders to join this newly formed “Collier County One Hundred Club” in 1984. Many of the original club members, or “plank-owners,” have passed, but their insight, experience and enthusiasm left a solid platform for the Collier County 100 Club to grow in membership and become incorporated in the State of Florida as a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization in 1985. The Honorable Kathleen Passidomo was the leader in this and, later, in the significant growth of the 100 Club.