The 100 Club of Rhode Island is a group of grateful individuals who want to help the families of those who lose their lives while protecting us.

In the Beginning

The first 100 Club was founded in 1952 by Detroit auto dealer William Packer when he learned of the death of a young patrolman.  Packer wrote to 100 of his friends asking for assistance for the patrolman’s young widow and unborn child.  This was the beginning of the very first 100 club: since then, the 100 Club has grown into a worldwide organization with over 114 affiliations and millions of members.

In Rhode Island

The 100 Club of Rhode Island, founded in 1972 by a group of local businessmen, as a private charitable organization.  Its primary mission is to provide financial assistance to the families of police officers, firefighters and rescue personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Active full-time police, firefighters and rescue personnel are eligible for associate membership.


The 100 Club of RI was founded by a group of dedicated individuals who believe in the idea of giving back.

  • Harold C. Arcaro, Jr.
  • Russell J. Boyle
  • Harvey W. Burgher
  • Peter L. Burgher
  • Santi Campanella
  • Maurice Frank
  • Clarence H. Gifford, Jr.
  • Thomas N. Goodwin
  • Maxwell C. Huntoon
  • Elwood A. Palmer
  • Thomas W. Pearlman
  • Barry Pickell
  • Robert G. Stevens
  • Joseph S. Sinclair
  • Henry S. Woodbridge