Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and The 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties announced today (Feb. 18) that it will host the 29th Annual Cape/Atlantic Memorial Service and Brunch honoring police-fire-rescue personnel who have died in the line of duty on Sunday, March 16, noon, at Borgata’s Event Center. Tickets to the brunch are $35 and will be on sale through March 3. Purchases must be made in advance by calling 645-3800 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The keynote speaker will be Captain Raymond Dupuis, Commander of Field Operations for the Watertown, Mass. Police Department, a city which, on April 19, 2013, was the site of a manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan. While Watertown was under lockdown, thousands of law enforcement officers flooded the town of 33,000 residents and searched a 20-block area for the surviving brother (Dzhohar). Captain Dupuis will talk about the impact that the incident had on the Public Safety officers in his community.
The 200 Club was founded to support members of the Public Safety Community — police, fire and emergency services personnel— and their survivors, when they experience a line-of-duty death. The Atlantic and Cape May County-based Club held its first annual Memorial Service and Brunch in February 1986 as a mechanism to honor the local victims of line-of-duty death, and also as a fundraiser to enable the Club to support and assist the survivors.
Preceding the brunch, the public is welcome to attend a Memorial Mass at 10:30am at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, Tennessee and Pacific aves. in Atlantic City. The principal celebrant will be Rev. Msgr. William A. Hodge, a long-time supporter of the law enforcement and emergency services community.
The 200 Club will also award $37,500 in higher education scholarships to the children of active-duty, retired, disabled or deceased Police, Fire or Rescue Personnel who work in Atlantic or Cape May County. The application for scholarships is on the Club’s website. The deadline for submission is March 1.