On Sunday 06 August 2017 the 100 Club of Chicago honored the families of police officers, firefighters and other first responders with a Family Day at the Brookfield Zoo.
The 100 Club of Chicago provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This membership based organization offers several forms of financial assistance, access to resources and moral support. All sworn federal, state, county and local first responders stationed in Cook and Lake Counties are included.
Our band was honored to participate in this event alongside our comrades — Chicago’s bravest — the Chicago Fire Department Pipes & Drums.
This was one of several events band members participated in this weekend — which included a retirement party for one of our found members (Tom Cunningham).
Recapping the weekend, our Drum Sergeant (P.O. Joe Gallardo) had this to say:
This weekend I was blessed and honored to play a few events for fellow LEOs: P.O Tommy C, P.O Richard Clark, and Deputy Superintendent Jeanne Clark. Using our talents in service to others is rewarding and it is a large part of our band’s mission. Stay the course and stay on top of your instrument. What we selflessly do for others goes a long way.