The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many across the world, including O.H.S.O. Brewery, but one Paradise Valley musician wanted to raise the spirits of those affected.
Lucas Brown, a 23-year-old singer/songwriter, hosted a benefit concert for O.H.S.O. Brewery staff, much of which the company had to furlough amid the economic downturn. Mr. Brown hosted the concert near his Paradise Valley home on April 23.
“I started doing some front yard social distancing concerts mostly out of sheer boredom,” he said in a prepared statement. “People walking or riding by would stop and listen and it got to be pretty popular, so I moved to my neighbor’s bigger yard.”
That is when Mr. Brown came up with the idea to help O.H.S.O. employees out of work, according to a press release.
“They gave me a great opportunity to perform at their awesome restaurants and it was time to return the favor,” he said,
The brewery helped promote the concert and it was livestreamed on the internet, ultimately raising $2,000 for the furloughed employees. Mr. Brown said the money has already been delivered to those workers.
Employees have, in turn, expressed their gratitude for the donation.
“One employee used the fund to pay for vet bills, while another was thrilled to know a couple months of baby formula was paid for,” Cayle Aylesworth of O.H.S.O. said in a prepared statement. “We’ve also provided a ton of free meals to the staff while we are waiting to get back to work.”
Mr. Brown said despite the current circumstances, people can still lift each other.
“People are relying on friends and neighbors more than ever, and that’s something we should hold onto even when this crisis is past,” he said.
“The sense of awareness of those around us, and what they may be dealing with, is something we should hold onto long after this get back to normal.”