Paden kicks off Tuff Enuff to Support Fallen Patriots

PADEN, Miss. (WTVA) - The community of Paden is known for it's southern hospitality and its beautiful scenery near the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. Today it kicked off it's first annual Tuff Enuff.  People came from the surrounding areas to enjoy a day of activities, live music, arts and crafts and great food.  Some participated in a 23 mile race in which they could choose to run or walk any distance. Prizes such as gift cards were also given away.

"It's just a great feeling to see a lot of friends and family come out here,"says Michael Martin a member of the band who is playing the live music.

"It's a great opportunity for people in the community to get together," said Lenora Eaton an attendee of the event.

"I think it's great that people actually take the time to appreciate the men and women that give their lives for other people," said Jordan Hester, who is also attending.
"Play some good music to some good folks for a good cause," said Whitey Watson, an Army veteran and band member.

A day full of fun and entertainment it sure was, but the meaning behind this fundraiser is much deeper.

"Knowing that we are making a difference for children who've lost parents," said Robin Deatherage, who founded Tuff Enuff along with her husband, Gary.    

"Kids have to have things that they need.  When people go overseas and stuff and they're fighting and they get killed, they have to have a back up and that's what this is for," said Jeremiah Henry, who is also a band member.

Nearly 1700 dollars was raised and all of the proceeds will go directly to Children of Fallen Patriots.

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