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Group raising money for families of public-safety officers killed in line of duty.

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. [05.04.04] — The 200 Club of Wake County, a nonprofit created in 1999 to provide immediate financial support for the families of Wake public-safety officers killed in the line of duty, is getting a boost from Curtis Media Group in Raleigh.

Curtis, which owns and operates 14 radio stations in North Carolina, will contribute $100,000 worth of broadcast time in May to air public-service announcements featuring testimonials from 200 Club members.

The promotional blitz aims to increase the group’s membership to 200 from 92, growth that would help create an endowment fund for scholarships for the children of fallen officers, says Richard Hale, who with his wife, Patti, formed the nonprofit after their son, Raleigh Police Det. Paul Andrew Hale, was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 11, 1997.

“After two years, Patti and I said, ‘We have to come face to face with the fact we have to do something positive,” says Hale, who retired to North Carolina after a building-products sales career in the Midwest and modeled the charity on similar groups in New Jersey and Detroit.

With each member paying $200 a year, the 200 Club has raised $42,000, and contributed $20,000 of that to the families of four Wake officers killed in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

For information, call 919.787.8880 or visit 200clubwakecounty.org.

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