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8-twelve One of Many Supporting Azana Salon after Tragedy

From Westmoor Country Club to Fuddruckers and a slew of area spas and salons, local businesses have stepped up to support Azana Spa. Salons are organizing a Nov. 13 'Cut it Out' fundraiser against domestic violence.


Update Monday: 8-twelve's Azana fundraiser details now may be released on Wednesday.
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Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Braun and SURG Restaurants plan to announce details on Monday of a planned 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill fundraiser for the families of the Azana Salon & Spa shooting.

The Brookfield restaurant is just one of many area businesses that have stepped up to support Azana, its owner Tami Gemmell and the first responders who rushed to the mass shooting Oct. 21.

From McDonald's and the Westmoor Country Club to Barnes & Noble, Fuddruckers, Red Robin, Pizza Hut, Cousins, and more — and a slew of spas and salons from Mequon to Delafield to Greendale, local businesses have extended love and support for the upscale salon.

"From the bottom of our hearts, our family at Azana thanks you for your prayers and continuing support through this very difficult time," Gemmell said at a press conference Tuesday.

News about Azana's future

On Monday she planned to release more information about when the salon may be back in business, according to the salon's Facebook page. [Update: Azana plans to re-open Dec. 1.]

Among other damage, the building suffered water damage from sprinklers that went off when a small fire was started by a hairstylist's estranged husband who shot seven people before killing himself. Three employees died— Zina Haughton, Cary Robuck and Maelyn Lind. Three more and a client were shot and wounded but survived, as did about a dozen others who were rescued. Froedtert Hospital released the final patient on Saturday.

Robuck had worked for Azana eight years, Haughton for seven years and Lind for four, said Nancy Wilkes, spokesman for the salon.

Local salons, such as Studio 890 in Brookfield, are selling domestic violence awareness purple ribbons and pins to donate the proceeds to Azana families, through a benefit account set up at Associated Bank.

Salons plan 'Cut it Out' fundraiser

And more than 70 salons and beauty companies plan to participate in a Nov. 13 event dubbed "Cut It Out" in which businesses will donate 5 to 25 percent of their day's sales to the Azana Victims Fund.

"We hope to make this an annual event!" the Cut It Out Facebook page says.

Gemmell also provided a growing list of salons that have offered support (see bottom of story).

"The response from the community has been quite overwhelming," Wilkes said. "The Brookfield community has a big heart and the generosity of its residents is limitless.

"We want everyone to know how thankful the Azana family is for the love and caring that's been shown to them, so if there is anyone missing from this list, we are so terribly sorry," she said.

Donations can be dropped off at any Associated Bank branch or mailed to the Associated Bank at 1 N. Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI, 53045. BMO Harris Bank, 1433 Pabst Farm Circle in Oconomowoc, also set up a benefit account for the Maelyn Lind family.

Eight children lost their mothers in Sunday's mass shooting at the spa: Zina Haughton's two daughters, Cary Robuck's two daughters and Maelyn Lind's daughter and three sons.

Look back at how businesses helped

Westmoor Country Club

Between Sunday brunchers and golfers out enjoying an unusually warm October day, about 100 people were at Westmoor when chaos began to ensue next door at Azana after it opened at 11 a.m.

Joseph Coan, chief operating officer and general manager, said the club called 911 and was told by dispatchers to stay inside. Golfers were rounded up and everyone hunkered down inside the clubhouse, watching live updates on television during the Packer game. They were in lockdown for about four hours. Some people missed flights. One Marquette University student was unable to leave to finish a major school project.

But all that paled to what they saw unfolding at Azana, which shares some parking lot space. "There was a great deal of sadness" by those at Westmoor, Coan said. "We were all very concerned about them."

That night Coan talked to Gemmell, offering his space as a site for her staff to meet Tuesday and for a press conference, juggling rooms as Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch also was at Westmoor Tuesday for a women's business meeting, and JP Morgan had an event.

Barnes & Noble: Its staff helped Yasmeen Daniel, who fled Azana and ran across the street for help, saying her mother Zina Haughton and others had been shot.

Fuddruckers: The restaurant donated 150 one-third pound burgers and fries, worth $400 to $500 to the first-responders who came from Lake Country to the North Shore.

Pizza Hut, Cousins and Red Robin: All provided food to crime scene investigators and other police and fire officials.

Horlick High School, Racine County Sheriff's Department: Youth there helped organize, with the support of the Racine County sheriff's department, a T-shirt sale to benefit the family of Cary Robuck, 35, of Caledonia, who died in the mass shooting. Robuck's daughter Mariah is a student and cheerleader there.

Salons supporting Azana:

Carenza - Brookfield
Impressions Day Spa – Mequon
Signature Salon & Spa – Waukesha
Antons Salon & M Spa – Milwaukee
Craig Berns Salon Spa  - Delafield
Studio 890 Salons & Spas – Elm Grove & Brookfield
Erik of Norway Salon Spa – Mequon
Steven Edwards Color Group – New Berlin
Agami Salon – Milwaukee
Salon Nova – Milwaukee
Imagine Salon Llc – Brookfield
About Face Salon & Spa – Mequon
Splash Hair Design - Milwaukee
Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) - Milwaukee
Roots Salon & Spa – Brookfield, Greendale, Milwaukee
Salon Brillare` - Pewaukee
Urszula & Company Salon and Spa – Brookfield
SalonCentric MW – Wauwatosa, Greenfield, Mequon
Charlie's East Coast Hair Designs - Brookfield
Salon Orlin - Brookfield
Robert Laurence Hair Studio & Spa Services - Shorewood
Salon West & Body Works Spa - Brookfield  
The Hair Care Company - Mukwonago

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Dawn Panfil October 30, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Hair & Body Solutions Salon & Spa in New Berlin is also participating in both the $5 Purple Ribbon Campaign and the Nov. 13th "Cut it Out" event. If we all do a little together we will accomplish great things. Salons across the USA are joining our efforts to help Azana Salon & Spa.

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