Ben's Bells: Tucson man helps organizations through banjo music

2014-02-22T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T12:23:39Z Ben's Bells: Tucson man helps organizations through banjo musicBy Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

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.”

Go to to submit a name. Go to or call 628-2829 for information.

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