SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTGS) — The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire hosted a Labor Day cookout and car raffle drawing on Saturday to announce the winner of the Grainger Companies car giveaway.
The 200 Club President and CEO, Mark Dana, said all of the proceeds from the raffle go to the organization, which benefits families of fallen first responders.
“We’ve been doing it since 2001, we’ve provided over $4 million for those family members, and we’re honored to do it and we need to be ready and standing by to help other family members,” said Dana.
The 200 Club provides significant financial assistance, as well as paid college tuition, to families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.
“We always look at the police officers, the men and women, the firefighters who go off and we thank them for their service, which we should, but we also need to think about the family members who are at home, who say goodbye to their loved ones when they go off into the ship because they don’t know when they’re going to if they’re going to come back at all,” said Dana.
Bill Grainger, who owns Grainger Honda and Nissan, said the 200 Club is an outstanding organization, and he is happy to donate a car.
“Every day when we get up, we know that someone has to take care of us and protect us to make this a safe country, and the first responders are what do that, and I’m proud to be associated with them,” said Grainger.
He said the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office was instrumental in putting on Saturday’s event.
“When you look around this county and you see the police officers that are involved, the firemen that are involved, the EMT people,” said Grainger. “We’re a very fortunate county. I’m just glad to be here with them.”
Grainger will also pay the sales tax of the vehicle. The raffle raised over $90.000.
The chosen winner was not in attendance but will get to choose between a 2022 Nissan Rogue or a 2022 Honda CR-V.