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Pike County group works to change narrative

By AMBER GINTER
Southern Ohio Today

What once started as a dream to impact and transform their piece of the world has quickly turned into a reality for a motivated Pike County woman. 

Jennifer Buckler, one of the founders of Community & Company, is a driving force behind the non-profit that began this year and focuses on the positives in Pike County. The organization strives to give back to those who are genuinely in need.

Partnering with Ryan and Crystal Roberts and Kelly O’Bryant, Buckler and her team are working to change the narrative in Pike County. 

“Community & Company feels blessed to be part of such a wonderful community. We live in a beautiful little dot on the map with so many great things happening toward progress,” Buckler said. “All too often, social media drowns out the positive with the negative, and we want to do better. Our goal is to spotlight the local businesses that are out there killing it and making a difference in our little hometown.”

The organization has events at local venues for all ages while raising funds to give back. Buckler said these ventures will allow Community & Company to assist locals in need. 

“We have already been able to make donations to a few local small business owners during the COVID-19 shutdown, as well as awarding four local 2020 graduates with a scholarship,” said Buckler. 

Of these events, Buckler is excited about the upcoming Christmas event.

What once started as brainstorming for an event to include all the small local businesses in the area quickly transformed into a partnership with Michele Brown and Angel Glass of Twin Lakes Resort near Piketon.  

A local vendor market and concert will take place Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Twin Lakes.

“We have a list of all the talented vendors, but it varies from the newly opened Village Brew coffee shop to a few handmade jewelry makers, Poppin’ Jessie’s gourmet kettle corn, a local food truck, and Mariah Patton,” said Buckler.

Later that night, Buckler encourages to stick around for a concern that begins at 6 p.m., although tickets will not be available at the door.  

“The night will feature Wyatt McCubbin, who is originally from Dayton but is currently living in Nashville where he is a songwriter,” Buckler said. “He has written with lots of well-known musicians and has his own YouTube channel delivering one of a kind covers with his Wednesdays with Wyatts.”

Joined by his wife, Holly, who tours with her brother, country artist, Mo Pitney, Buckler said the lineup is filled with talent. 

“Also, our local favorite, Nolan Taylor, will be there as well,” Buckler said. “Nolan is from the Paint Valley area, but is currently putting down roots in the Cincinnati.”

Having local vendors and a concert in one spot, Buckler hopes events like this one will not only keep money in the community to local businesses but will have a positive influence on the community. 

Twin Lakes

“All profit from our local vendor market, concert, and silent auctions will go directly back to those in true need within our local community,” Buckler said. “This event is unique because it was created to provide something for everyone.” 

For more information, visit the Community & Company Facebook page. 

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