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Newberry Lions raise $3000 for Trenton Firemen

The benefit breakfast for Troy Breton and Ryan Cumbie was a big success last Saturday morning, July 21. Newberry Lions Club members were happily flipping pancakes, stirring grits and frying sausage for the two Trenton Firemen.
Breton and Cumbie were seriously hurt during an automobile accident on SR 129 while returning from a call in the Waccasassa area on Thursday, July 12, while responding to an autimobile accident on CR 339 South of Trenton.
Both men are still in ICU at Shands Hospital as of Monday according to Trenton Public Safety Chief Matthew Rexroat.
Ken McIntosh, past President of Newberry Lions Club, said, “When we heard about the accident we saw a need and this is our way of helping.” This is not the first time the Newberry Lions have stepped up to help their neighboring county. They also held a pancake breakfast to benefit the families of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Ramirez and Deputy Lindsey, who were killed in April.
Ten Lions Club members including Newberry Mayor Jordan Marlowe were on hand to host the much needed fundraiser. Several hundred enjoyed a great breakfast for only a donation. At the end of the event when the donations were counted, $3000 was raised. A 100% of the funds raised on Saturday went to the injured firemen.
As several Lions Club members explained, their organization is based on service to others. Each year they have several national charities that they support as well as helping out with local and area needs such as raising funds for two Trenton firemen.
Darryl Bowdoin, President of the Lions Club, said, “We really appreciate all these people coming out and supporting this cause.”
Bowdoin also said their club is looking to start a Lions Club in Trenton. If anyone is interested in becoming a part of a new club in Trenton, please contact Darryl Bowdoin at 352-317-7125 or Ken McIntosh at 352-359-3095. It only takes five members to start a new club.

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