Rí Rá will host a 12-hour fundraising concert February 21 to benefit bartender Paul “Junior” Walsh. In December, Walsh was driving alone when he suffered cardiac arrest, causing his car to crash. Fortunately, an off-duty officer witnessed the accident, and was able to resuscitate him and care for him until paramedics arrived. He was taken to Spring Valley Hospital, where he underwent a number of surgeries, including the implantation of a pacemaker. While the hospital was able to save the bartender’s life, he’s now left with nearly $100,000 in medical bills.
The benefit, dubbed the Music Jam Fundraiser for Paul “Junior” Walsh, will run from 3 p.m. Saturday till 3 a.m. the next morning. It will be headlined by folk act the Black Donnellys, with performances by other local artists. In addition to raffles and collection buckets to raise funds, all proceeds from draft-beer sales over the course of the event—as well as all bartender tips—will go toward Walsh’s medical bills.