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Subdivision holds tennis fundraiser
Event Saturday benefits injured children
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Forsyth County News

A south Forsyth neighborhood is coming together for a Texas family.

On Saturday, Deerlake subdivision will hold a tennis round robin charity event for the Berry family children of Houston.

On July 3, the family was returning from a vacation when their minivan was struck head-on by another driver who crossed into their lane of traffic.

Parents Joshua and Robin Berry were killed, leaving behind three children — sons Peter, 9, and Aaron, 8, and daughter Willa, 6.

Both boys sustained spinal cord injuries and are paralyzed below the waist.

Deerlake resident Michele Talty was a sorority sister of Robin Berry’s at Tulane University, so she wanted "to do something more than write [her] own personal check."

"This is a story, whether you personally know this family or not, that touches your heart," Talty said. "These children have so many obstacles they will need to overcome as a result of the accident, and not having either parent to guide them is unthinkable."

The fundraiser will run from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the neighborhood’s tennis center, 5300 Deerlake Drive.

Talty said a few tennis spots remain open at $35 each, but those wishing to support the cause don’t have to play.

"[They] can come down, watch tennis and purchase a lunch for $10 per person," she said. "We’re also holding a raffle for some great prizes and will hold a silent auction."

She said donations can also be made by dropping off a check made out to the Berry Children Trust or by going online.