The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 31, 2014

Restaurants team up to benefit local couple

ASHTABULA — Two local restaurants teamed up Sunday to help out one employee they have in common.

Shayna Abbott and her husband Chris recently lost their newborn son, Jaxon Wyatt Abbott, to placental abruption at birth. Shayna is a longtime employee of both Martini’s Restaurant & Lounge and The Crow’s Nest. Both establishments partnered to sponsor the Abbott’s Angels benefit dinner and Chinese auction to help offset the medical and other costs.

More than 350 people turned out to the benefit, hosted at Martinis, Sunday afternoon in support of the family.

“This just blows me away,” Abbott said. “Everybody has been so generous with the baskets and donations. I know a lot of these people, but some of them I don’t. They just came out for a good cause.”

She said the outpouring of support is amazing. “I have to thank The Crow’s Nest and Martinis for all of this. Crystal, who works at Martinis has been running non-stop and she has really made this happen.”

Event coordinator Crystal Benson said, “When we heard what happened, it broke all of our hearts. I forced a meeting together and we just kept pushing and got the benefit together.”

“It was a lot bigger of a turn-out than we thought there would be,” she said. “We had a line out the door before we even opened. We were surprised. It was nice to get such a turn-out from the community.”

Benson said she hopes the proceeds of the benefit will help to make a dent in some of Abbott’s medical bills. The benefit included dinner, door prizes, Chinese auction, and a 50/50 raffle.

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