Here's a few examples of how your membership affects the lives of local
Public Safety Officers and Firefighters.

In Memory of Mike & Linda Dunaway - Pedaling to Silverton for a good cause

"Last summer I was introduced to the Durango 100 Club, not by invitation or through a friend, but by witnessing firsthand what this great organization is all about. Last summer the Durango 100 Club financially helped my friend Jason Dunaway and his sistere Michelle when both of their parents tragically died in a helicopter accident. My relationship with the Dunaway's was that of family, and the loss of Mike and Linda has been very hurtful and sad. It was during the planning of the memorial sservice that the name of the Durango 100 Club came up in conversation. I, not knowing what the organization was, went online and read all about what they do. After viewing the entire website I fully understood why they are considered one of the greatest local organizations we have here in the Durango area.

Mike and Linda supported our community in many ways. Mike served as a volunteer firefighter for seven years before he became Fire Chief. After the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002 Mike became Cheif of the Authority when all emergency repsonse entities grouped together, and later retired in 2007. Linda ran the Humane Society Thrift Store and was the motivating force behind getting the building completed at its current location. Mike and Linda also supported the Durango 100 Club, and the fact that the Durango 100 Club paid that support forward to both Jason and Michelle in their time of need, I felt like I wanted to try to do something to say thank you to the 100 club for being there.

It is for this reason that I am trying to raise awareness of the Durango 100 Club, and hopefully create a boost in this year's memberships, by riding in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic May 25th. All donations are greatly appreciated and any donation of $100 or more for my ride will provide you with a one year club membership. It wil show all the local service men and women that we and this organization support them and appreciate all they do for our community." - Eric Hjermstad

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"When my husband, Mark Dold, died on October 14th, 2007, we had many offers of help - especially from the Colorado State Patrol, his employer. On our way to the airport the next day, I received a call from the bank that a $5000 check had been deposited in our account. It was comforting but mysterious because I didn't know who it was from. Once we were with Mark's family in Kansas, I was able to find out who had donated the funds: The Hundred Club of Durango. Since La Plata County is our "family", I wanted to know who the Hundred Club is. Patty Zink told me that it's a group of people that donate money to public servants' families who have suffered a loss. These giving individuals continue to anonymously provide support to our family wherever they see a need - just out of common kindness. We will never know them all, but we will always be grateful to this caring organization."

- Ann Christian-Dold

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"It was liiterally with total shock that I received the Hundred Club's generous gift last week. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and your organization for the check, and moreover, I want to thank you for what it is that you do. Your mission is truly a noble one, and it is made even more so by the fact that you operate behind the scenes, quietly taking care of those in need.

I have been a volunteer firefighter in Durango for three and a half years. I look at firefighting as a way that I can do something exciting, and give back a little to this wonderful community at the same time. As I responded from my home to the 700 block of Main on that Friday afternoon, I was excited and apprehensive and determined, all at the same time. A working fire on Main is a very serious situation to us as you can imagine. However, I never for a minute thought that it would turn out to be anything more than a very challenging downtown fire. The explosion at Le Rendezvous changed all that in the blink of an eye. Now, ironically, the roles have been reversed, and I find myself in an unbelievably humbling position wherein my community is giving back to me. Thank you, from myself and my family, for the Hundred Club's generosity. Your gift has made a tremendous difference."

- Jon Wolf
Durango Fire & Rescue Authority - Station 6

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"I would like to thank you for your generous check sent to me during my terrible loss. Your fine organization helped me through a very trying time. Alan was so proud to be in your Colorado community helping to fight the forest fires. The lord blessed him at being a top timber faller and he always loved doing his job. Alan was a dedicated fire fighter, always taking additional classes to further his knowledge in fire fighting. I'm so sad Alan lost his life, but he was doing what he like the most. I appreciate your support. God Bless.

Vikki Wyatt

"I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to your group for the wonderful kindness and generosity shown recently to my mother, Vikki Wyatt. Both my parents are characterized by having intense work ethics and understanding the power of a hard day's work. From their efforts they believed strongly in tithing and giving to those less fortunate. It is only right that during this time good is being returned to them...

Your community has exhibited the finest in human character...Your group's financial support offered to my mother was a true blessing. My mother, brother and I are in awe of your community and the acts of kindness it has shown for a total stranger and his family. Thank you and God bless.

Leigh Ann Evans



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