Event fundraising

Fundraising event to help Centerville firefighters sees high turnout

CENTERVILLE, Texas (KBTX) – A big fundraising event was held on Saturday with proceeds benefiting two Centerville firefighters who were injured on the job last month.

Colton Adams and Clink Franklin were hit by an 18-wheeler while responding to a motor vehicle accident on I-45.

Adams lost one of his legs in the incident.

Saturday’s fundraiser began at 9 a.m. and ran until 9 a.m. at the Leon County Courthouse Plaza.

The fundraising event featured food trucks, plates of food for sale, vendors and live music from Jesse Duke and Jerrett Zoch. Attendees could take part in various activities such as a classic car show, corn hole tournament, dip stand, silent auction and raffle.

One of the event organizers, Glenn Franklin, a Centerville volunteer firefighter, said the turnout was outstanding. As of 2:30 p.m., the fundraiser had already sold more than 1,000 raffle tickets and had to print more just to keep up with demand, Glenn Franklin said.

“It’s overwhelming to say the least,” said Glenn Franklin. “They’re brothers to me and to see the turnout and the community doing what they’ve done is just overwhelming.”

Franklin said he thinks they’ve surpassed their goal of $50,000 in donations and is grateful to everyone who has shown their support as they continue on their path to recovery.

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