Patrick Robinson
Ola Salon on Avalon Way is the focus of a fundraiser at Salty's on Alki June 19. Salty's and other businesses in West Seattle have come forward to help the business following a large scale burglary that happened last month.

Ola Salon fundraiser to recover from $25,000 burglary will happen June 19 at Salty's

On June 19 a fundraiser for Ola Salon, which was victimized in a $25,000 burglary recently, will be held at Salty's on Alki. An auction will be part of the event which runs from 6:30 to 9:30pm.

“All auction proceeds and a portion of all ticket sales will go to the salon. We need our West Seattle neighbors to know that we’ve got their back.” says Nick Nordby, VP of Business Development for Salty’s Restaurants, “We all need to look out for each other because you never know who might be next.”

All proceeds from the auction and a large portion of the ticket sales will go towards the salon. Owners Gerry & Kathy Kingen said, “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the news…they’re just down the street from us. My heart just sunk.”

Auction items will include everything from helicopter tours, to Salty’s World famous brunch packages, to signed Seahawks jerseys. The event is open to the public. Glitzy, sparkly cocktail attire is encouraged, but not required.

While the salon does have insurance, any additional funds will be donated to Transitional Resources an organization that helps "adults living with the most serious and persistent forms of mental illness by providing respectful and optimistic recovery-oriented services, affordable housing, and advocacy against discrimination which works to break the cycle of incarceration, hospitalization and homelessness."

Owner Rachel Karlin said, "This is so amazing to see the community respond like this. I'm so grateful." She explained that the burglary was apparently very organized and that, "they must have had a good size rig because they took so much stuff." Karlin also said that because the thieves took expensive shears and product it has had a major impact on the business operations. The monies raised will in part help them get back in balance.

Visit www.Saltys.com for more information.

Ticket Price: $45

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