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Burbank salon raises funds for Seal Beach shooting victims’ family

Martina Maina happened to listen to talk radio in her car last week on her way to lunch, two things she rarely does.

The founder, hair designer and make-up artist at TBirds Hair and Nail Salon in Burbank is usually so busy she skips lunch and said she was “just devastated” by the news of the Salon Meritage hair salon shooting in Seal Beach Oct. 12. The shooting left eight people dead and a ninth recovering from gunshot wounds.

“We wanted to do our part,” Maina said for the reason to host a fundraiser Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at her salon.

Haircuts and manicures will be offered at $50 and $20, respectively, along with $20 blow dries, and anyone can walk in to the salon or write a check to benefit the families, Maina said.


“We distributed about 550 fliers at places we frequent,” Maina said, adding that she has had her share of bad relationships and that she understood what a violation this was for the staff and salon clients of Salon Meritage.

“A salon is a place where you feel at home,” she said. “Where whatever is on your mind comes out and whatever is said stays at the salon.”

Maina said she contacted the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce, who is working with the Salon Meritage building owners and families to coordinate donations. All of the money raised on Monday will be donated to the victims’ family through the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce, Maina said.

TBirds Hair and Nail Salon is located at 1808 W. Olive Ave. The salon can be reached at (818) 842-0916 or


At least $83,000 has been received through various fundraisers for the families thus far, the Orange County Register reported.

Checks should be made out to the Seal Beach Victims Fund and information can be obtained by calling the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce at (562) 799-0179, said Esther Kenyon, chief executive of the chamber. Online donations can be made at by clicking on the blue heart on the top right of the site. The trust fund is being held at the Bank of America in Seal Beach at 208 Main Street. Five trustees are overseeing the trust fund, Kenyon added.

-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News

Twitter: @mariahsin