The 100 Club of Central Texas Ann Crabb, the wife of an Austin police officer killed in the line of duty, hugs Commander Todd Gage.[/caption]

Community members will have an opportunity to support local first-responders at The 100 Club of Central Texas' 32nd annual Awards Dinner and Casino Night.

The 100 Club provides immediate financial support to the families of first-responders who are critically injured or killed in the line of duty.

At the banquet firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and other first-responders will receive awards for outstanding performance, and one professional in the industry will be recognized for his or her lifetime achievement in the field. Scholarships will also be awarded, including a $7,500 scholarship from the Texas State Troopers Association.

Etta Moore, executive director of the local chapter of The 100 Club, said the yearly dinner is the club's largest event to recognize first-responders in its jurisdiction, encompassing Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

"Our first-responders put their lives on the line every day," she said. "It's a way to say 'Thank you.'"

Tickets are $50 and include dinner and 5,000 casino dollars. The event will also include raffles for items such as jewelry, a rifle, and fishing and wine packages. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $20. The annual awards dinner will take place at 6 p.m. May 1 in The Westin at The Domain.

At noon May 2, citizens are invited to the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex at 10211 W. Parmer Lane to cheer on the Central Texas Wolf Pack, an Austin-based football team consisting of law enforcement and corrections officers, firefighters, paramedics and active military personnel. Donations will be accepted to benefit The 100 Club.

The 100 Club is also seeking volunteers and new members. Members provide financial support to first-responders and their families when tragedy strikes. Volunteers help organize and run events and fundraisers to support the cause. For more information on memberships or tickets, visit www.100clubcentex.com.

The 100 Club of Central Texas, 3200 Steck Ave., Ste. 240, 512-345-3200, www.100clubcentex.com