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Car show benefits explosion families

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GREENWOOD -

Saturday afternoon in Greenwood, a fundraiser was held to support the families affected by the south side explosion.

A sunny, fun Saturday for the Berry Family. But, this fourth-grader knows the real reason they're here, "I just think you should help. It's really sad," said Emma Berry.

One-hundred-percent of the proceeds from the Sadistic Kustomz car show will help the families affected by the south side explosion. The Berry family knows one of those families well. 

Mike Berry told Eyewitness News, "We just had some friends who lived over there, and we are doing this for them."

Emma Berry added, "They just grabbed the kids and went out, but they are OK."

To honor the two people killed in the south side explosion, the 'Best of Show' award was named after Dion and Jennifer Longworth.

Organizer Corinne Flora said, "We know that Dion Longworth, who passed away, was a big car guy. As soon as we heard that, we wanted to put something together for the victim's family affected by this tragedy."

A social media push put this car show together in less than four days. More than 250-cars showed up to support. Larry and Barbara Hardin from Franklin took their yellow beauty out of storage just to be at the car show. 

Larry said, "I'd even taken a photo with the car and with all the trophies and put her up and covered her up and seen this two days ago. I decided it was time to bring her back out for this event."

His wife, Barbara, added, "We just can't even imagine what these people are feeling, so we want to help them. It's just really sad they had to be put out."

Each car owner donated at least ten dollars. There were also raffles tickets sold and silent auction items. 

Organizers with "Sadistic Kustoms" car company told Eyewitness News they will take the money raised to the Southport Presbyterian Church to donate it to the families in the Richmond Hill's neighborhood. 
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