Cleveland 100 awards planned for May 20
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Mar 19, 2013 | 771 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
THE BOARD of directors for Cleveland 100 welcomed two new members Monday as the group prepared for the annual banquet to be held in May. Cleveland 100 was established to help the families of first responders who have died in the line of duty. From left are president Brenda Lawson, new board member Angie Underwood, co-founder of Cleveland 100 Mayor Tom Rowland, vice president Joe Wilson, secretary Zandra Welch and new board member and treasurer, Kelvin Bishop. Banner Photo, GREG KAYLOR
THE BOARD of directors for Cleveland 100 welcomed two new members Monday as the group prepared for the annual banquet to be held in May. Cleveland 100 was established to help the families of first responders who have died in the line of duty. From left are president Brenda Lawson, new board member Angie Underwood, co-founder of Cleveland 100 Mayor Tom Rowland, vice president Joe Wilson, secretary Zandra Welch and new board member and treasurer, Kelvin Bishop. Banner Photo, GREG KAYLOR
slideshow
The annual Cleveland 100 awards banquet has been set and nominations are being accepted for emergency first responders who “went above and beyond” the call of duty.

The banquet will be held at Mountain View Inn May 20, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Presentations begin at noon.

Officials decided not to hold the banquet in 2012 due to continuing recovery from tornadoes which affected Bradley County in 2011 and March 2012.

President Brenda Lawson and members of the board of directors welcomed new member and treasurer Kelvin Bishop, a certified public accountant with Harting, Bishop and Arrendale.

Lawson also welcomed Angie Underwood, who took her late mother’s seat on the board of directors. Betty McGrady passed in March 2012.

The late Betty McGrady and Courtney McGrady were instrumental in the formation of Cleveland 100. McGarady died November 2003.

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland was a co-founder along with Courtney McGrady, who was in state and national law enforcement for more than 25 years.

Cleveland 100 is designed to assist families of emergency services personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty.

During Monday’s meeting, Lawson noted to members of the board that additional sponsors and members are being sought.

The banquet will host 250 guests made up of award recipients as well as members and sponsors.

“Requests for nominations have been sent to the various agencies in the law enforcement and emergency services community,” Lawson said.

Some of the nominations have already been received.

The deadline for nominations is April 5.

Cleveland 100 helped the families of Justin Maples, a Cleveland Police Department officer who died last year as he was responding to back up other law enforcement on a felony call, and Lt. Ken Simpson, who suddenly passed away from a massive heart attack.

Lawson said any business or individual interested in aiding Cleveland 100 can call 476-2140 for additional information.