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Community shows up big for Berry

| October 7, 2013
Supporting a friend: Friends and family came out in a big way to support Troy Berry at the second annual golf outing and benefit auction held Oct. 6, at Hickory Flats Golf Course in West Lafayette. Pictured are a few of the friends that showed up to support Berry. From left, Jared Kim, Neil Chrisman, Jay McGuire, Troy Berry and Rodney “Hot Rod” Bowman. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

Supporting a friend: Friends and family came out in a big way to support Troy Berry at the second annual golf outing and benefit auction held Oct. 6, at Hickory Flats Golf Course in West Lafayette. Pictured are a few of the friends that showed up to support Berry. From left, Jared Kim, Neil Chrisman, Jay McGuire, Troy Berry and Rodney “Hot Rod” Bowman. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

WEST LAFAYETTE – Golfers and non-golfers alike showed up at Hickory Flats Golf Course in West Lafayette on Sunday, Oct. 6 to support their good friend Troy Berry.

Berry said of the support, “The support is unbelievable. I’ve got a lot of great family, great friends and great people that have come out that don’t even know me. It’s unbelievable. I want to try and meet everybody – there are a lot of people here that I do know, but a lot of people I don’t know. We’re telling stories that we’ve told over and over again, it’s one thing that we look forward to from last year, getting to see everyone again. That’s awesome. The weather is great and they’re treating us well. God has treated us well today.”

Rodney “Hot Rod” Bowman said, “I coached Troy in softball for years and years and years. He always gave 100 percent to everything, he always hooked us up with shirts and hats and everything. You can’t find a nicer guy than Troy. He would do anything for you. He hooked us up with a guy that plays for the Oakland Athletics, Gary Blevins; he sent us some stuff from the Oakland Athletics that we can auction later today. A lot of these guys here today are old school buddies, baseball players and friends. You won’t meet a nicer guy than this boy right here.”

Jamie Shample said of the event and the support, “It’s unbelievable, the community and the turnout today to help out a good man and a good friend. We have 36 teams playing today with a lot of classmates, a lot of old friends, a great turnout. The weather is great right now, two years in a row, I think Troy’s talking to ‘em. There are a lot of family members here, a lot of people that don’t play golf, people that just came out to support Troy today. It’s great, a great time.”

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