In carrying out The Hundred Club’s long-time remembrance programs the organization distributed checks totaling $102,000 at Christmas. One hundred and thirty-two spouses and 18 children were the beneficiaries.
Earlier, turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets were given to 132 families. The cost to the club was $12,000. A brief review of the club’s activities in 2001 shows that 25 college students received $186,232 in scholarship money. The club has provided more than $3.5 million to students since this program was launched in 1974 with scholarships worth $1,000 and $1,500. Currently the club is providing up to $25,000 per year per student for educational-related expenses.
At present 35 students are using computers supplied by the club. A computer with access to the Internet is available to students age seven and older. This benefit for families of “Fallen Heroes” was established in 2000.
The Hundred Club was founded in 1967 by Anthony Ustjanauskas following the tragic death of Hartford Police Officer Harvey R. Young. His widow was given a check for $1,000. With the growth of the club the death benefit was increased several times. At present the contribution is $10,000.