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Tifton shooting for $100,000 for Veazey family

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

TIFTON GA (WALB) - Country music star Trisha Yearwood has joined the city of Tifton in their bid to help paralyzed Georgia baseball player Chance Veazey.

Yearwood has pledged to match up to 100-thousand dollars in money raised by Tifton to help former Tift County baseball star Chance Veazey.

Friends have raised 90-thousand dollars so far and hoped to reach the $100,000 mark at a dinner and silent auction Monday night at the UGA Conference Center.

Georgia coach Mark Richt and baseball star J-D Drew were among many who donated items for a silent auction.

Veazey is undergoing rehabilitation at Shepherd Center after a traffic accident on his scooter has left him paralyzed below the waist.

Doctors say it is too early to know if Veazey will be able to walk again.

Dinner organizer Marcy Shiver said. "It is really amazing how Tifton came together. No one hestiated in giving. They wanted to come and they really wanted to be here. We had a great turnout of about 500 people. So, we are very thankful."

Chance Veazey is expected home on a day pass for Thanksgiving.

He should complete his in-patient treatment at Shepherd in December and his out-patient in February.

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