Hunter’s Heroes benefit March 25

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Mar. 12 | Modified: Mar. 26
Hunter’s Heroes benefit March 25

Hunter’s Heroes understands the impact the death of a family member can have on those left to cherish their memory.

It is through this empathy and the outpouring support of the mountain communities it represents that the nonprofit organization is gaining enough momentum to help out as many families as it can.

The organization was formed following the shooting death of Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Deputy William Mast Jr.

In order to raise funds for Mast’s family, the emerging nonprofit held its first 5K and 10K runs last summer.

“That was kicked off with a community pasta dinner the night before in the memory of the young girl (Peyton Townsend), who died tragically in a church cemetery,” said Emily Greer, a committee member with Hunter’s Heroes. “The proceeds from last year’s events were split between Deputy Mast’s son, William Hunter, and Lilly Grace Townsend, (Peyton’s) older sister.

Proceeds from the memorial run in June will benefit the son of the late Ryan Scott David, who died fighting fires last year, while serving with the N.C. Air National Guard.

“Our goal is that our community and, hopefully, even our state and country will help us remember all of those who have given up their life in the line of duty,” Greer said. “Also, we want to always be there for the families of those who have lost someone in their lives.”

To gear up for this year’s fundraising efforts, Hunter’s Heroes is currently making preparations for a benefit evening at The Rock Sports Bar & Grill.

From 4 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, March 25, 10 percent of the proceeds generated will be given to the organization’s main fund.

Kinsey Green and the Bluegrass Mafia and others will join Adam Church and Luke Combs in providing music for the evening.

This year’s pasta dinner will be held on June 6 and will precede the 5K and 10K runs. Proceeds from the fundraisers will be split between David’s son and Katie Watson, a local girl diagnosed with epilepsy.

Last year’s community dinner garnered donations from more than 500 people, and close to 400 runners participated in the following day’s race, Greer said. “It was absolutely fantastic,” she said.
Registration and donations can be completed online at

“We want to inspire our community and those communities around us to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our community and also to embrace the loved ones that lost someone too soon,” Greer said.

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