98 Degrees held benefit concert for Lachey's bar manager

98 Degrees held benefit concert for Lachey's bar manager
Ellie Richardson (Courtesy of Youcaring.com)

OVER-THE-RHINE (FOX19) - Members of hometown boy band 98 Degrees held a benefit concert Friday for a woman who was shot outside a popular Over-the-Rhine bar.

Earlier this month, Nick and Drew Lachey announced the show for Ellie Richardson, a manager at the brothers' namesake bar on 12th and Walnut streets.

Richardson was shot in the face after leaving work early Thanksgiving Day morning. She is out of the hospital but faces more surgery to repair her cheekbone, eye socket and a few other fractures.

All proceeds from the 4 p.m. performance at the Aronoff Center will go toward Richardson's medical expenses. The band has a second Christmas show after the benefit concert.

Geri Hernandez and her two daughters attended the concert. Her daughter got to know Ellie when she would stop at Lachey's Bar for work.

"She's such an amazing person that this tragedy... lack of funds should not deter her from getting better," she said. "It was really beautiful to see the way Cincinnati has turned out for Ellie and for her family and it just touches your heart."

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"As you may have heard, Ellie Richardson, who was an employee at Lachey's bar in Cincinnati, and an overall incredible person, was the victim of a horrible, horrible crime on early Thanksgiving morning," said Nick Lachey.

"Now there isn't much we can do to help her with her physical pain, but there is a way we can help support her financially during this difficult time," said Drew Lachey.

There are several ways you can support Ellie, one is to go to Lachey's Bar and purchase an #EllieStrong shirt for $10.

The support from Nick and Drew for the city and their staff is well known among bar patrons.

"I know Nick is a very big advocate for his staff and he likes to make sure that they're all taken care of, and Drew is in there pretty much once a week," Shawn Kitchen said.

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