Hallsville fundraiser to benefit Ashley Berry after colon cancer diagnosis

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 9:38 p.m. CDT; updated 10:18 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 26, 2013

HALLSVILLE — A car bashing, a dunk booth and a petting zoo will be among the attractions Saturday at an event to raise funds to help a Hallsville woman pay her medical bills.

Friends and family of Ashley Berry will gather this weekend at a benefit in her honor, about three months after the 23-year-old was given a diagnosis of stage four colon cancer.

If you go

WHAT: Cruise In and Auction, a fundraiser for Ashley Berry

WHERE: 13965 N. Frink Road, Hallsville

COST: Entry is free. Dinner is $10. Dunk booth is one ball for $1, five balls for $3. Car bashing is one hit for $1, five hits for $3.

Donations will be accepted throughout the event.


Cruise-in begins at 9 a.m.

Washer tournament starts at noon.

Dinner is served from 4 to 6 p.m.

Auction starts at 5 p.m.

CONTACT: Andy Cox, 239-2365, email:

Activities will include fireworks after dark, a silent auction and the bashing of an unusable vehicle. The Hallsville mayor and a local police officer will be targets in the dunk tank.

Andy Cox, Berry’s uncle, started planning the event shortly after hearing about her diagnosis. Cox said the goal of the event is to help Berry pay her recent medical bills.

In the event of rain, the event will be postponed until Oct. 5.

While Berry’s ability to attend the event in person is doubtful, Cox said the family hopes she can watch it through video chat software.

Cox said he expects at least 100 people to attend, but he hopes even more will go as a result of his community outreach.

“Everybody’s been really good about helping and donating and fundraising,” Cox said.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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