Martin Motors donates $25,000 to 100 Club of Southeast Texas

Beaumont Police Officer Jessica Weldon, 100 Club’s Marie Richard, Beaumont Police Captain Chris Schuldt, 100 Club president Warren Claybar, former president and board member Zack Shelton, Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary, Martin Motors owner Danny Martin, Club Board Member Ed Keller, Club Board Member Karl Duerr Jr. and Club Secretary Cindy Yohe Lindsay

The 100 Club of Southeast Texas received a check for $25,000 on Thursday, Aug. 18, from Martin Motors. The gift was a way for the automotive team to show its support for area police and fire personnel due, in part, to state and national events that have highlighted the importance of protecting and supporting all first responders, Martin Motors owner Danny Martin said.

“I felt like they needed something to boost their morale,” Martin said. “What would we do without them? It was on my heart to give, so I just thought I’d do it. God willing, I’ll give some more in the future.”

The donation made Martin Motors, a Beaumont car dealership that has been in business for more than 40 years, a lifetime Platinum sponsor of the organization.

Club Board Member Ed Keller said Martin’s gift was a substantial donation.

“Mr. Martin, out of the kindness of his heart and his passion to help police officers in this community, volunteered to donate this money, and I’m very pleased to accept it,” Keller said. “This money, if a tragedy does occur, goes a long way to assist a family in their time of need.”

Keller said police officers, who have seen plenty of negative press lately, need to be recognized for the dangerous and thankless jobs that they do on a daily basis, putting their lives on the line to protect the citizens they serve.

“Without them, who’s going to respond to protect the citizenry of this community or any community?” Keller asked.

To date, The 100 Club of Southeast Texas holds over one million dollars in trust, to perform its mission to provide financial and emotional support to the spouse and dependent children of a fallen first responder killed in the line of duty.

If attacks on police like those that occurred in Dallas and Baton Rouge happened here in Southeast Texas, it would be devastating to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas, Keller said.

“We need continued support to increase the funds in our trust fund, so that we will be there at all times should tragedy occur.”

“It’s really a good feeling for officers to know that the 100 Club is there for their families if something should happen to them,” added Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary.

For more information on how you can join the 100 Club of Southeast Texas or make a donation, visit 100clubsetx.com or call (409) 658-8918.

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