Sean Bryson


By Tessa Bradshaw


A fundraiser for Senior Road Deputy Sean Bryson of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office begins at 2 p.m. July 31 at American Legion Post 47 in Waynesville. Organizers have so many donations and events planned they’ve not nailed down a time for it to end.

This event is to raise money for Bryson to receive a bone marrow transplant.

There will be no fee to attend, but there will be donation opportunities with live and silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, hot dog plates and cakewalks.

The event will go late into the evening.

“It will last until people are going home,” said Theresa Underwood, co-coordinator for the fundraiser. “We’ll just stay with it until everybody stays, eats and hangs out.”

There will be live entertainment featuring the Piney Ridge Band, the Hensley Family, Rev. Mann, Noel Cagle and Gary’s Down Home Karaoke.

Music starts at 2 p.m. and continues throughout the day.

There are no set times for any events but they plan to have more detailed information soon, said Melissa Mathis, co-coordinator for the fundraiser.

So many businesses have donated items it is hard to keep track of who all has participated, Mathis said.

“It’s just unreal,” she said. “We’ve got everything from cakes donated to a load of hay.”

This fundraiser is important for many reasons, Mathis said, but “his fight is our fight, and he has protected the citizens of this county for almost two decades. It’s time for us to help him. It’s time for us to be his backup.”

All the sales, proceeds and donations will go back to Bryson and his family to fund his bone marrow transplant.

The benefit will be held at 171 Legion Drive in Waynesville.

Tessa Bradshaw is an intern with the Sylva Herald.