Fundraiser tonight at Cincinanti’s O’Malley’s

A photo of the sign outside of O'Malley's in the Alley in downtown Cincinnati
O'Malley's in the Alley is in downtown Cincinnati

Going back to school full-time these past seven months (with just one more to go!) has been a challenge at times. Luckily, I have had a friend (and family) or three or four who have helped me out in one way or another so that I could make ends meet and attend classes. I am truly grateful.

So, when one asked me yesterday if I could post something online about a fundraiser at O’Malley’s for another friend who is getting treatment for Stage 4 cancer it seemed the least I could do.

If you’ve been to O’Malley’s you’ve probably met Clay, a bartender there. He’s the one organizing tonight’s fundraiser and it is his friend who is going through, quite literally, the battle of his life.

Here’s Clay’s announcement for tonight’s event:

Support a good cause, make a difference, and help Jeff.
Help the Warrior battle cancer.

6 to 11 p.m. tonight, Friday April 16, 2010
O’malley’s in the Alley, 25 W. Ogden Place, Cincinnati 45202
Free Food, items for auction
$1:00 jello shots
Split the pot raffles.  All proceeds go to Jeff Bender, a father and friend.
On Jeff’s behalf, thank you for all kindness and support.

Questions, Contributions, 513 381-3114

I hope you can make it. It’s really all of us together that makes things work. And right now, as always, one of us needs us all – whether we know him or her personally or not.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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