ERA Colonial Real Estate partnered with First State Bank to host the 19th Annual MDA Pat Patton Fish Fry on Saturday at the Harker Heights Community Park.

The event was named in honor of ERA Colonial Real Estate agent Pat Patton, who initiated the Fish Fry to benefit the MDA.

Tom Dewine, CEO of ERA Colonial Real Estate and Colonial Residential Properties, said the combined ERA offices across Texas are passionate about and greatly support the MDA.

“We are a regional company, so we have offices through Georgetown, Austin, and San Antonio.

Each one of those marketplaces also raises funds somewhat individually as an office for MDA as well. In a given year as a company, we will raise anywhere between 25,000-28,000 for MDA,” he said.

Randy Sutton, president of First State Bank and stepson of Pat Patton, was heavily involved in the event, cooking and serving plates with his team.

“We have about 230 pounds of fish for today and it’s nice because we give back to the community. We’re feeding the community and the first responders for free as well as raising money for the MDA,” he said.

The all you-can-eat dinner cost $20 and featured freshly seasoned deep-fried catfish, French fries, coleslaw, and beans.

A one-time through the line cost $15. The meal was $5 for kids 6-10 while kids 5 and under ate for free. Approximately 250 people attended the fish fry in support of the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Sutton said he enjoys hosting fish fries and will hold another Sept. 23 that will feed an estimated 1,000 attendees.

Harker Heights first responders attended and enjoyed the event alongside the community they dedicatedly serve.

Cindy Hicks, the Harker Heights Fire Department captain, explained the importance of the event to both the community and the Fire Department.

“The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a big thing for the Fire Department,” she said. “We are very much in support of it and any time you get the community together is always a good thing.”

Harker Heights Police Sgt. Randy Stefek also holds the event as a significant cause for the public.

“It’s about awareness and making sure the community knows what’s going on and that we are here to serve and support them,” he said.

All proceeds of the event went to the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in order to fund local research and provide children with MD the chance to attend the Texas MDA summer camp specifically engineered for their needs and abilities.

ERA Colonial Real Estate remains engaged in the Harker Heights community and will host a blood drive from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. today to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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