COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - They don't do it for the thanks but Wednesday a local group showed first responders their work is appreciated.
Hundreds attended the College Station Noon Lion Club's "Honoring Our Heroes" luncheon at the College Station Hilton.
In addition to providing a free meal to local law enforcement, firefighters and paramedics, the event raised money for the 100 Club. It's the organization that provides financial support to families of fallen first responders.
"Our motto is as Lions, we serve, and that has no boundaries. As Lions, we serve where the needs are and the 100 Club and serving our responders in times of need is the most important thing that we can do," said Mary Jo Prince, College Station Noon Lions Club member.
"We do a lot more than just line of duty death and catastrophic injury. We try to help save lives of officers. We've given about $13 million for life protecting equipment, bulletproof vests, radios. We've also put over 900 officers through college," said William Skeen, 100 Club Executive Director.
Half of the money raised Wednesday will go to the 100 Club. The other half will be used for the club's charitable efforts benefiting children.