Third annual fish fry to benefit Cumby volunteer fire department

Funds earmarked to offset high fuel prices

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 8, 2008 - Cumby's Black Jack Grove Daughters next Saturday, June 14, will be hosting a fish fry at Cumby City Park.

This marks the third year the group has hosted the fundraiser to benefit Cumby Volunteer Fire Department.

"I would just like to express our thanks to our communities, cities, and Hopkins County for the continued support," said Cumby VFD Chief David Weatherbee. "The rising cost of fuel has had an impacted on everything. Volunteer fire departments are also feeling the pinch. Money raised at the Fish Fry will go to help offset the increase in fuel cost and to help maintain our departments continued state of readiness."

According to Weatherbee, the $800 monthly stipend from the county is helpful, but with fuel costs so high, it just covers that expense with little left over for other routine expenses.

That's why this annual fundraiser is such a big help to Cumby VFD. The additional funds help with expenses associated with serving the community in as efficient and safe a manner as possible.

The 3rd Annual Fish Fry to benefit Cumby Volunteer Fire Dept. begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in City Park in Cumby.

Adults will be asked for a $10 contribution while a donation of $5 is requsted for children less than 10 years.

The menu includes catfish, coleslaw, French fries, hush puppies, iced tea and dessert.

In addition to a tasty Southern supper, door prizes donated for the event will be awarded and there will be an auction of donated items as well as live music for entertainment.

For more information about the June 14 Fish Fry, contact Black Jack Grove Daughters President Wanda Wallace at 903-994-2892 or Cumby VFD Chief David Weatherbee at 903-994-2584.

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