Benefit planned for shop owner
A benefit dinner and auction has been planned for a Basehor resident who lost her business during the shopping center fire Dec. 15.
Pat's Shampoo Hut and Beauty Salon owner Pat Wilson lost her business of 18 years, which only had liability insurance coverage.
Losing the business has put a financial strain on Wilson, who raises her three grandchildren by herself.
The benefit is scheduled for March 3 at the Whatever Bar and Grill, formerly known as Ma Belles, on Kansas 7 Highway north of Leavenworth Road. The event will start at 1 p.m.
The benefit will have a silent auction as well as a regular auction.
Local residents and business owners have donated items for the event, said Linda Aldridge, a benefit organizer. "I'd say right around 50 or 60 businesses have donated items so far," Aldridge said. "There has been a really good response so far."
Tickets for the event are $1.25. Aldridge said tickets will become available in the next few days.
From Feb. 8 to10 and 15 to17, the tickets will be on sale in front of Brewer's Price Chopper in Bonner Springs.
They will also be sold at Citizen's Savings and Loan in Basehor on Feb. 9, 16 and 23.
Aldridge said organizers have undertaken a massive advertising approach for the event. Approximately 20,000 flyers and advertisements have been sent out to those in surrounding areas, she said.
"We're trying to cover the areas around here," she said. "We're trying to reach out in the community and we're hoping for a good turnout."
In addition to the benefit, there has also been a disaster relief fund set up for Wilson at Citizen's Savings and Loan in Basehor.
Several of Wilson's friends have been working toward helping the displaced business owner get back on her feet.
Basehor resident Phil Fox, who has known Wilson for the last eight years, said helping Wilson was a worthy cause.
"She has always been an extremely hard worker and she has been up there for a long-time," Fox said. "She is a good person and she raises her grandkids by herself and that's the kind of person I want to help."
Since the fire, Wilson has started cutting hair at the Klip Joint at 142nd Street and Parallel Road. Most of her customers have followed her to the salon, she said.
Wilson said she would continue to work at the salon until she gets word whether she can open a salon at her home.
"It's something to be closer to my grandkids," she said.
Basehor city officials are currently reviewing a rezoning application for Wilson to move her business to her home. The Basehor Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the application for approval in March, city officials said.
Wilson said she appreciates all the efforts to help restore her business.
"I'm overwhelmed," Wilson said. "I always knew I had good friends and good customers. They always say when the chips are down you know who you're friends are."