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Brighton Residents Help Old Friend

By Sandi McClenithan

BRIGHTON - Diane Smith and Louise Gopher of the Brighton Education Department recently opened their hearts to help the Joiner family, long time friends of the Seminoles.

The concerned Seminole employees organized a a rib dinner drive to help raise money for the medical expenses of Robert Joiner’s daughter, Pat Joiner Pethbridge, who has terminal cancer.

Robert was the owner of Bob’s Market in Okeechobee and back in the early 70s, when times were rough with the Indian families, the shopkeeper always found ways to help, including offering extra credit and food to the Seminole needy.

This past October, Louise and Diane traveled to Bassinger, FL, where the Joiner family resides and handed over a check in the amount of $1,064 from two days of rib dinner sales here at the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation.

The Joiner family thanks all for the support and love. The Seminoles wanted to show their support in some way. The Joiner family asks for your continued prayers for their ill daughter.

If anyone is interested in helping out, a family fund has been set up for Pat Joiner Pethbridge at Okeechobee. Interbank, 1105 S.E. 4th St., Okeechobee, FL 34974.

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