NAPLES, FLORIDA, NOVEMBER 4, 2022: Russell Budd, Founder of PBS Contractors, hosted his semiannual award-winning barbecue, known as “Russell’s Barbecue,” on October 28th, benefiting Collier County 100 Club. Over $15,000 has been raised so far to financially assist first responders and their families who suffered damage from Hurricane Ian. 

 100 Clubs have existed for many years all over the country with the goal of providing immediate financial support to the families of fallen officers. 100 Clubs first started in Florida in the early 1980s and over time the Club broadened their mission to include all first responders serving in Collier County. That included not only the Sheriff’s office, the various police and fire departments, and the emergency medical services, but also the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Wildlife officers, and the Tribal Police. 

   “Our mission is to provide financial relief to first responders and their families in times of tragedy, says Tom Storrar, Collier County 100 Club Board Director. “After Hurricane Ian’s destruction, we had an emergency board meeting to donate $100,000 to help the first responders of our community.”  

“With full confidence, we knew selecting the Collier County 100 Club as our beneficiary was the perfect partnership to assist our community during this tragic time. It is an honor to partner with the Collier County 100 Club since their mission aligns with the PBS Purpose Statement and our commitment to Rebuilding Better Lives for Southwest Florida. We are immensely grateful to all who attended the barbecue and donated to the Collier County 100 Club to support our first responders,” states Russell Budd.

 Past beneficiaries of Russell’s Barbecue include Wounded Warriors of Collier County, Humane Society Naples, David Lawrence Centers, Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs, Collier-Lee Honor Flight, and others. 

 View gallery here: REbuilding Better Lives: Russell’s Barbecue Fall 2022