Brassard’s Arizona Business Raises $10,000 for Charity

People / Aug. 24, 2006 12:00am EDT

By Martha Slater

By Martha Slater

Twenty-eight year-old Matt Brassard grew up in Brookfield as the youngest of Larry and Joyce Brassard’s nine children. Now, a successful businessman in Prescott, Arizona, he’s also giving back to his new community.

Earlier in their careers, Matt and his business partner, Marco Espitia, were both bartenders at an establishment named, coincidentally, Matt’s Saloon. They worked hard and ended up owning the place, which has been named Matt’s Saloon since 1962, and has been a country bar since the 1930’s. Somewhat of an historic landmark locally, it still has the original wood floors, and hosts live country music three nights a week.

On July 30, Matt’s Saloon also hosted a "Jamaica Me Crazy" fundraiser for the Prescott Child Development Center. Larry Brassard visited The Herald office earlier this week to report proudly that the event raised $10,000 for that facility.

The elder Brassard also shared an article from the July 2006 issue of the Monsoon Arts & Entertainment magazine, which profiled Matt’s Saloon, calling it "Prescott’s favorite country bar." The article noted that "some big names have played Matt’s Saloon, including Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, Lee Hazelwood, and Andy Griggs. Bruce Springsteen made a famous stopover in the 80s. When Bubbles the bartender saved him from a mob, he reciprocated by paying off her $160,000 medical bill."

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