"They're not the same they used to be:" All-day fundraiser held for survivors of Azana Salon & Spa shooting

BROOKFIELD/CALEDONIA (WITI) -- Nearly two years later, the need is still there. A woman who used to work at the Azana Salon & Spa hosted a fundraiser on Sunday, September 7th for the four women who survived the shooting that left three women dead.

Sarah Schulte was working at the salon on October 21st, 2012. That's the day a man entered the salon and opened fire -- shooting and killing his estranged wife and two other women.

Schulte says Sunday's fundraiser is meant to help the four women who were wounded, and to try to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Whether it went toward raffle tickets or bracelets, every dollar spent Sunday helped four women recover from wounds that have scarred them in a number of ways.

"None of them have returned to work. They`re struggling financially. They`re struggling with every day things -- physically and mentally," Schulte said.

Schulte says medical bills continue to add up for the women who survived the mass shooting at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield. Radcliffe Haughton killed his estranged wife, Zina Daniel and two others - Maelyn Lind and Cary Robuck.

Three employees and one client were injured.

"You can tell they`re not the same they used to be. You can just tell. There`s a heaviness there," Schulte said.

In addition to raising money for the survivors, Sunday's event was also meant to raise awareness of domestic violence. Next to the ticket book, three silhouettes surrounded a table for the Women's Resource Center of Racine.

"It`s opened up a lot of discussions. There has been more awareness about it because of the shooting," Katy Stephan-Cothell with the Women's Resource Center of Racine said.

Sunday's day-long event gave the Women's Resource Center a platform to share its message with women in abusive relationships.

"We`re not gonna judge you when you call. We know there are a lot of barriers that are difficult to overcome for you to be able to leave those relationships," Stephan-Cothell said.

At the center of the event was a collage that used to hang inside the Azana Salon & Spa. It features the faces of those whose lives either ended or where changed forever on that October Sunday.

"They were not forgotten. There are people here to help you. The community has come together, neighbors, friends, to really put this together to help them," Schulte said.

The effort to raise money for the survivors of the Azana Salon & Spa shooting isn't just a one-day event. You can make a donation to the Azana Survivors account at any Associated Bank branch.

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