Breaking all previous fundraising records, the Chisholm Trail 100 Club brought in more than $100,000 in donations during the annual VIP party for the sponsors of the 100 Shots for the 100 Club Clay Shoot on Saturday at MAAD H Ranch in Burleson.
The CT100 Club is dedicated to supporting the first responders of Johnson and Somervell counties, while providing more than 1,400 law enforcement officers, firefighters, correctional officers and emergency medical personnel with a $50,000 line of duty life insurance policy as well as serious injury benefits and scholarship opportunities.
The club hosted about 200 people at this yearâs event, which featured shooting games such as the Annie Oakley, a flurry and the Gnat Game, and was catered by Babeâs Chicken of Burleson.
âWe are immensely grateful to our bidders, guests and volunteers for their amazing outpouring of generosity that will benefit the first responders of Johnson and Somervell counties,â CT100 Club President Bonnie Davis said.
Texasâ longest serving law enforcement officer, Bill Hardin, 94, spoke at the event and donated a signed poem, âYou Donât Remember Me, Do You?â by Tim Lindsay of the Lamar County Sheriffâs Department in Mississippi.
Live music was performed by Green Light Pistol, and the event ended with a live auction which brought in:
â¢ Dallas Mavericks Package, $19,000.
â¢ Lone Star Stampede Package â $6,000 the first time it sold, then it was donated back to the CT100 Club and auctioned again, bringing $5,000 the second time.
â¢ Jersey signed by Hall of Famer Pudge Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers, $9,000.
â¢ Diamond ring donated by Jewelry Limited, $6,500.
â¢ Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Package, $6,000.
â¢ National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, $6,000.
â¢ Mystery package â basketball signed by the entire Dallas Mavericks team â $5,000.
â¢ Engraved Dan Wesson pistol with CT100 Club logo, $4,500.
â¢ Fort Worth Stock Show Art Contest blue ribbon winner horse print by Arden Johnson, $3,000.
â¢ Shooting lessons with Travis Mears, professional shotgun shooter, $2,500.
â¢ Signed Jay Novacek jersey, $2,500.
â¢ Handmade rocking chair made by Texas prison inmates, $2,200.
â¢ Breeding pair of Texas Longhorns donated by Mike and Angie Erinakes, $1,250.
â¢ The biggest donor of the night was a gentlemen who won several items in the live auction, totaling $38,000, but when he came to settle at the end of the evening he asked to add $12,000 to make his donation an even $50,000 â the Chisholm Trail 100 Clubâs largest single donation to date.
CT100 Club Executive Director Niki Passmore said the event continues to be the largest fundraiser of the year, selling out for the sixth year in a row.
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