As President of The 100 Club of Southeast Texas, I was saddened to hear from Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary, Sunday, August 9th, 2020. We were informed that 23 year old Officer Sheena Yarbrough Powell, was killed in the line of duty in a head on crash with a wrong way driver on Cardinal Drive early Sunday morning. No amount of training could have prevented the death of our now fallen hero. The tragedy of the loss of life at such a young age is even more heartbreaking, and we would like to offer her family, friends, and coworkers our deepest sympathy, prayers, and condolences. This devastating news could have been worse, but fortunately the life of Officer Gabriel Fells, the driver of the Beaumont PD vehicle was spared. He was severely injured, underwent surgery, and has a long road to recovery. Incidents when first responders give the ultimate sacrifice is never news that the 100 Club of Southeast Texas wants to report. Please continue to pray and support all first responders on a daily basis. The board and I offer our sincere thanks for your continued support. It enables us to help meet the needs of first responder families, and their dependents throughout Southeast Texas.
The 100 Club of SETX Survivor's Fund
When a law enforcement officer or firefighter is killed in the line of duty, our community loses a public servant – but their family loses a parent, a partner, and a provider.
The 100 Club is the only charitable organization established to support the families of officers and firefighters killed while protecting us. We ensure that their family is not forgotten!
When tragedy strikes, the effects are devastating, and all too often it strikes in the form of a death or disabling injury of a law enforcement officer or firefighter. The 100 Club of Southeast Texas is here to provide immediate response to the needs of the family of a fallen officer or firefighter.
Due to the recent new and exciting realization of the Club’s Survivor Benefit Fund, the 100 Club of Southeast Texas representing Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties proudly accepted the unprecedented $100,000.00 check donation from the Wilton P. & Effie Mae Hebert Foundation representatives.
(Left to right) James, Black, Catherine Bruney and Joe Vernon all due to the extraordinary mission and goals of the Club’s leadership since 1989.
The surviving spouse and children of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters in Jefferson, Orange and Hardin Counties, including:
Police Officers, Sheriff deputies, DEA agents, FBI agents, DPS officers, ATF agents, Park service, TABC agents, US Marshalls, Constables, Fire fighters, Lamar/LIT officers, IRS agents, ICE agents, EPA agents, DA’s office and others.
What We Provide
Survivor Benefit Fund (SBF) allows a hurt/injured officer to receive money from the 100 Club to help with expenses.
Within hours of the report of a line of duty death the 100 Club Board deploys its response team.
$10,000 is delivered within 24-48 hours to the surviving spouse and children of the fallen officer or firefighter.
A financial needs assessment within a month assures that qualifying families receive up to $50,000.
Bereavement support with referrals to local resources are provided.
A bronze plaque and annual memorial Services presented by the 100 Club keep the memory of our heroes and the sacrifices they made alive.
Since our organization was founded in 1988, we’ve lost several first responders in the line of duty. The brave men and women who wear the badge go to work each day prepared to pay the cost to keep the law and order of Southeast Texas. The following men and women paid the ultimate cost for the safety of our community and for that, deserve the highest form of honor we can bestow… to never forget.
How You Can Help
You can support law enforcement and fire fighters with your 100 Club Membership. The 100 Club of Southeas Texas is a 501 (c) (3) charity which means that all contributions are tax deductible
Annual Individual Membership: $100
Individual Lifetime Membership: $1000
Annual Law Enforcement/Firefighter: $25
Lifetime Law Enforcement/Firefighter: $250
Corporate Memberships: Varies
Our members realize that money can’t make up for the loss of a loved one, but representatives of the club visit with family members within 48 hours of a tragedy. Our purpose is to provide not only support and understanding, but a substantial contribution to the financial needs of the surviving spouse and children.
Joe Penland, Sr.
Beverly L. Hatcher