More than 280 law enforcement members and supporters gathered at the 100 Club of Heart of Texas First Responder Fundraising Banquet on Thursday evening.

The 100 Club of Heart of Texas hosted the inaugural dinner at the Carleen Bright Arboretum to raise money for families of emergency responders who have been severely injured or killed in the line of duty in McLennan County.

Former Baylor University football coach Grant Teaff, a longtime supporter of local law enforcement, served as keynote speaker for the sold-out event.

Woodway Department of Public Safety Director Yost Zakhary said representatives from every first responder agency in McLennan County were invited to the dinner. Door prizes and a silent auction also help raise money for the group, Zakhary said.

Zakhary, a founding member and advisory board member of the 100 Club, said it was unknown Thursday night how much money was raised.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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