Police motorcycle club raffling off gun to raise money for liver transplant

TAMPA — The Untouchables police motorcycle club plans to raffle a $379 Ruger LCP .380-caliber pistol and sell pork sandwiches Sunday to benefit the daughter of a slain Tampa detective.

Demetra Bell Jones, 38, has an immune disorder and requires a live-saving liver transplant, but her insurance will cover less than half of the $314,000 procedure at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, leaving a balance of $179,600.

Contributions from the public and Jones' family have reached about $100,000, her uncle Jeff Bell said. About $45,000 was raised through the website GoFundMe.com. The family opened a Wells Fargo account in Jacksonville and then redirected collection efforts Wednesday to a trust fund at the Bank of Tampa.

The motorcycle club's gun raffle tickets, $5 each, are available at Empire Guns & Pawn, 10552 N Florida Ave., Tampa, and may also be purchased Sunday at Harley-Davidson of Brandon, 9841 E Adamo Drive, where the event starts at 10 a.m. and the drawing is expected to take place at 2 p.m.

The winner must be 21 and eligible to own a gun in Florida.

Uninterested in firearms? Wholly Smokes Bar-B-Que will be offering benefit plates of pork sandwiches and beans for $5.

"For us to be able to pull together $1 here or $1 there to make it that much less of a burden on the family, I think it's just something we need to do," said Chuck Blount, 56, a retired Tampa police corporal who is one of the Untouchables.

Jones' father, Randy Bell, was killed with his partner in 1998 when a felon in custody, Hank Earl Carr, unlocked his handcuffs and grabbed a gun.

Staff writer Patty Ryan can be reached at pryan@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3382.

How to help

By U.S. mail, send checks payable to "Demetra Bell Jones Trust" to the Bank of Tampa, P.O. Box One, Tampa, FL 33601. Or take them in person to any Bank of Tampa branch.

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How to help

By U.S. mail, send checks payable to "Demetra Bell Jones Trust" to the Bank of Tampa, P.O. Box One , Tampa, FL 33601. Or take them in person to any Bank of Tampa branch.

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How to help

By U.S. mail, send checks payable to "Demetra Bell Jones Trust" to the Bank of Tampa, P.O. Box One , Tampa, FL 33601. Or take them in person to any Bank of Tampa branch.

Police motorcycle club raffling off gun to raise money for liver transplant 01/15/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:33pm]

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