Posted 03/22/20 by Jessica Rine
A man, his guitar and his fanbase donated over $400 for the United Way Community Response and Recovery Fund.
Justin Bucher, Reader WV, kicked off a Facebook Live concert at 9:00pm on Saturday, March 21st. Bucher started the live feed saying he would be collecting donations for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.
“That’s where I feel where money is going to go to help my local area,” said Bucher. “I want to help out people in Wetzel County and surrounding counties.”
The United Way supports Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties in West Virginia and Belmont county, Ohio. Bucher donated the $420 to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley Community Response and Recovery Fund to help those suffering through the restrictions in place due to COVID-19.
“One hundred percent of this fund will help local nonprofit organizations that need a lot of extra support right now,” said United Way executive director, Jessica Rine. “Justin is a very talented hometown guy and we are so proud of him for choosing to help his community through his music.”
The concert kicked off with the iconic, County Roads, and Bucher took requests that had his set last for more than 2 hours. Fans of Bucher’s thanked him for bringing the community together in a unique way.
“You made us forget what was happening for a little bit,” commented Lori Dennison Lowe. “Thank you from our family.”
Bucher credits his wife, Kristen, for the idea of the concert. The Buchers also auctioned off a roll of toilet paper to the highest bidder.
To hear the concert or to follow his music, visit the Justin Lee Bucher Music Facebook page. To donate to the United Way Community Response and Recovery Fund, visit unitedwayuov.org/give.