Doug O’Brien, seated; and nominator Deborah Johnson, directly behind him in white.

Jeannette MarÉ

Arizona Banjo Blasters music director Doug O’Brien has received a Ben’s Bell for his volunteer work in the community.

He was nominated by Deborah Johnson, an Arizona Banjo Blasters musician, who said aside from bringing smiles to the faces of those who hear the music, the group also donates its revenues to Mobile Meals, Anthony’s Foundation and the Tucson Unified School District’s Opening Minds through the Arts program.

O’Brien also serves on the board of directors of Anthony’s Foundation, which helps provide clothes and food to homeless people in Tucson. O’Brien also plays banjo at various assisted-living facilities in Tucson and Green Valley.

Ben’s Bells promote kindness and community. Each week a person who betters Tucson is “belled.”

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