DOVER — Area musicians and friends will gather Sunday afternoon to help a Dover woman in need.
Cynthia Bryant, otherwise known as DJ Dee-Va, suffered a serious stroke in October. She spent a couple of months at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital and is now at the Milford Rehabilitation Center, where she is learning how to walk again after just recently getting her ability to speak back.
Ms. Bryant has been a well-known disc jockey around the area for the past decade, most recently spinning tunes at American Legion Post 2 in Dover.
A good friend, Tonya Stallsworth, is organizing Sunday’s “For the Love of DJ Dee-Va – Hope After Stroke” fundraiser at Dover’s Cowboy Up Saloon from 2 to 7 p.m.
“A group of us were trying to find a way to help her and we came up with this benefit. We wanted to get some bands together but I didn’t have any contacts in that area so I asked Mike Hines if he could help out,” Ms. Stallsworth said.
Mr. Hines, of the popular local band Mike Hines and The Look, said he was more than happy to help and called on not only his own band but some of the area’s most popular acts to lend a hand.
Along with Mike Hines and The Look, Sunday’s benefit will feature contemporary Christian band Glory Road, formerly The Mari Hill Band; and rock’s The Joey Fulkerson Trio and Glass Onion.
“We all go through times when we need the help of others, so when I heard that Cynthia Bryant, aka DJ Dee-Va, had a serious stroke, I was very saddened by the news,” Mr. Hines said.
“She’s a good friend and prior to her stroke, she would often come to hear my band. At times, she’d join us on stage for a song or two as well. She rapped, so she would get up with us on ‘Rapper’s Delight’ or ‘Baby Got Back’ when we would play Dover Downs or Harrington Casino.”
Funds raised will go toward helping Ms. Bryant while she is out of work and also her family, which consists of her 28-year-old daughter Brittney and 22-year-old son Brandyn Bryant-Davis. Along with being a DJ, Ms. Bryant also works at the Redner’s grocery store in Camden.
“Her friends wanted to have a fundraiser and my band was more than happy to participate,” Mr. Hines said.
“Some of the area’s greatest musical talents are coming together to perform at this event and give their support.”
There will be a $15 cover charge for the 21-and-over event, which includes a cash bar, 50/50 and silent auction items. Cowboy Up is at 1036 Lafferty Lane, Dover.
To contribute items to the silent auction, call Ms. Stallsworth at 423-0919.
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