Event raises thousands for community center in memory of twin brothers

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MEDINA, Tenn. — A community is taking a big step in creating a safe haven for West Tennessee teens and a place to also honor two brothers from Medina who drowned this spring. “They were the life of this community, and I thought what a better way to give back than to build a community center in honor of my twin boys,” Dorena Collier said. Three months ago, Collier lost her two teenage sons, Shawn and Keshawn, in a tragic drowning accident. Now Collier and the Medina community have come together to build a community center in their memory. This first-ever Collier Christian Community Invitational raised funds to make it a reality. “From the first day my kids were found in the pond on April 12 up until now, this community has shown me and my family a lot of love,” Collier said. “The community really needs it,” resident Josh Youmans said of the planned center. “If you don’t play baseball in this town, there really is nothing to do. There’s really nowhere to go and hang out. The kids need somewhere with positive influences.” The three-day tournament raised thousands of dollars with all funds going toward the Collier Christian Center. Collier said she hopes this will be a kind of place to save other families from experiencing the loss she has faced. She believes her sons went to the pond back in April simply because they had nothing else to do. “After what happened to my twin boys, that kind of bothered me, and I wanted to be able to do something to prevent this from occurring in the future,” Collier said. The Collier family said they still have a long way to go until they reach their funding goals for the community center. If you would like to donate to the center, you can do so at www.wth.org/foundation.

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