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I was heartbroken today when I found out that Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal was closing. You've probably heard of them, even if you don't know their name.

Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in October, visited Coming Attractions for a fitting for her wedding gown while she was home in Ohio.  When news broke that Amber had contracted Ebola, the effect on the bridal shop was devastating. Anna Younker, the owner, closed her business for 21 days to completely disinfect the shop and all of its contents at her own expense. She also lost over $100,000 in business at a critical time of the year. Even Amber cancelled her order. Insurance didn't cover any of the losses.

Amber survived. No one else got sick. But Coming Attractions is closing.

This is the message Anna placed on the Coming Attractions Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/comingattractionsbridal:

"I am sad to announce that Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal is being forced to wind down its operations after thirty years of service due to the devastating effect that recent events have had on our business. Despite our best efforts, we simply have been unable to recover.

"If you have a dress currently on order with us or you are planning on placing an order, please do not worry. Coming Attractions will remain open until all existing orders are complete. If you are planning on placing an order all orders must be placed by January 31st, 2015. We will contact you when your merchandise arrives and is ready for pickup. We will operate under normal business hours through January. Beginning February 1st, our business hours will change.

"If you have any questions about your order or any other concerns, please stop in our store, email me at anna@cabridal.com, or message us on Facebook.

"The decision for me to close was not easy for me. Over the years I have met and worked with the most amazing brides, mothers of brides, bridesmaids, prom girls and many other wonderful people.

"I want to thank all our customers, the people in our community and the well wishers from afar for being so supportive. Your kind words and loyalty have been great comfort.

"I also want to thank my amazing staff for all of their hard work and dedication to our customers and our business. I appreciate your understanding and support."

I called Anna today after hearing the news that they were closing, and asked for her permission to set up this fundraiser. She was very grateful but declined, saying she just couldn't ask people to help.  I persuaded her.

Here is my goal - I hope to raise enough that Anna can place orders for inventory for the upcoming bridal season. This is the time of the year she has to do it.  If she can't, she'll be forced to go out of business, and her four employees with be out of a job. I don't want that. It will take at least $60,000 to keep them going.  I've set the goal at only $20,000, but I'd love to beat it. Will you help? And share? Thank you so much!

Terri

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/akron-canton-news/akron-bridal-shop-coming-attractions-closing-down-in-may-unable-to-recover-from-ebola-stigma
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Thanks to an extremely generous donor, we have now raised an even $10,000 for Anna and Coming Attractions!!!!

Thank you all so very, very much for getting us to this milestone. Anna is beyond grateful to you all.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me help her. I love you all!

Terri
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We got a lot of press coverage last night as I presented the first check to Anna at the store and got to meet her and share lots of hugs. Please, please, share again. This will probably be the last time the media covers the story, so it's now or never. Thank you all so much - I adore you and I'm overwhelmed at the support you've already shown. $9,200 raised in EIGHT DAYS! I know we can hit our goal if everyone shares just a few more times. Love you all!

http://fox8.com/2015/01/15/hope-for-akron-bridal-shop-closing-after-ebola-scare/

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/akron-canton-news/attempt-to-save-coming-attractions-falls-short

http://www.akronnewsnow.com/news/itemlist/user/82-amaniabraham

http://news.yahoo.com/video/coming-attractions-help-022345114.html
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Local (Cleveland) television Channels 5, 8 and 19 came out tonight as I met Anna for the first time and presented a check for $7,700. Tune in at 10:00 for Channel 8 and 11:00 for Channels 5 and 19 and keep your fingers crossed that the story makes it on air. This could really give our campaign a boost, so please share!
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Cameron & Corazon from Huntington Bank in Montrose issuing a certified check for Anna & Coming Attractions. This one is for $7,700.00 - more to come! Channel 5 is supposed to be there tonight at the shop when I meet Anna for the first time and present her with the check that YOU all made possible!
Cameron & Corazon from Huntington Bank
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Cheryl Vinson
44 months ago

It is unfortunate that the CDC caused so much panic and the bridal shop had to take such drastic measure. However, AMBER DID NOT CANCEL HER ORDER. In fact, she had already purchased and picked up her wedding gown the day she was in the shop. She was there to order dresses for her bridesmaids. Due to all of the negative press, I believe some actions to cancel the bridesmaids dresses was taken. Interesting enough it took until January 2015 for Amber's veil to arrive although it too was ordered in June 2014. That's right, she purchased her gown and veil there . Let's be sure we tell the whole truth when telling the story.

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Linzi Jones
45 months ago

While I cannot afford a monetary donation at this time, I will be purchasing my daughters winter formal dress from Coming Attractions to help bring them some business. I know I am only one person, but change and help has to start somewhere!

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Kaylee Wade
45 months ago

Wish I could help but my family is trying to raise money for our daughters medical expenses.. I'm sharing your link on my Facebook to spread the word. Good luck to you ! Wish I could do more :(

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Terri Crispin
45 months ago

Sandy, I started the page with the goal of helping to keep them open, but we'd have to raise $60K for them to place their semiannual inventory order. I don't know if that's possible, but I'm hoping. Anything we reach will go towards at least helping them over the next few months as they wind everything down and fulfill all orders. They have a staff of four and they have been bleeding money since October. If nothing else, I am hoping the employees will not lose their jobs as the shop goes through its closure process. Any questions, please feel free to email me at savecomingattractions.com. I will be more than happy to fill you in. :)

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Sandy Bromley Esakov
45 months ago

I am confused. Per interview with paper store is closing even with city's offer to help. What are the funds for ?

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Tonia Bernes Price
45 months ago

I cant afford to help out, But im sharing the link. I hope the store can be saved. I hate too see a local business close due to this!

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Terri Crispin
45 months ago

Thanks, Andrea!

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Andrea Harper
45 months ago

I shared on Facebook, and also posted link to this on the Yahoo news article where I first saw it.

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Bob Grant
45 months ago

Sad you are so bitter Yvonne....I will pray for your soul to receive the love around this site

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Terri Crispin
45 months ago

Thank you, Gerald! The more media attention, the better. I'm so happy we're able to help Anna and her employees. :)

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Gerald Villani
45 months ago

Great news Terri. I tweeted this to Bill Wills, the morning show host on WTAM 1100AM in Cleveland and he retweeted it!

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Angie Lewis
45 months ago

I bought my beautiful wedding dress there. Always the first words out of every bride Corning Attractions. . Let's go. I hope she can pull through.

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Dale Painter
45 months ago

She should be able to sue AMBER. The woman knew what she was doing, and insisted on putting others at risk. This shop owner will lose her and her employees livelyhood for doing the RIGHT thing.

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Si Enna
45 months ago

Sending support and sharing in Vancouver and Victoria, Canada. Hope to help you out, and combat ignorance about Ebola. Love!

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CA Bridal
45 months ago

Thank you everyone for your donations thus far. Everyone's support means so much to us. We never expected anything like this. The support is overwhelming!!

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Abbey Carey
45 months ago

Please donate!I just bought mm wedding dress here and was supposed to have my first fitting on Saturday. Please help keep them open!!

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Candace Lenyard
45 months ago

Sharing!!!!

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Terri Crispin
45 months ago

Thank you all for being so supportive!

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April Broadhurst
45 months ago

Thank you for creating this. I hope others will share & hopefully save some of her small business. ITS TIME FOR POSITIVE MEDIA ATTN!

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Angie Oven
45 months ago

As a bridal shop owner myself, I know this could happen to any of us really in any business...This is not about right or wrong, it's about saving one store that suffered a tragic loss - I hope people can do this for her.

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45 months ago
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Len Stys
45 months ago

Someone's life shouldn't be ruined because of bad luck...

CG
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Cathy Giovanetti
45 months ago

I am heartbroken for you. I hope that enough money can be raised to keep you in business. You deserve this money.

$40
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45 months ago
$540
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45 months ago
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45 months ago
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Michelle Anderson
45 months ago

I hope this helps to keep your business going! This shop is a staple in our community!

$5
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45 months ago
Cheryl Vinson
44 months ago

It is unfortunate that the CDC caused so much panic and the bridal shop had to take such drastic measure. However, AMBER DID NOT CANCEL HER ORDER. In fact, she had already purchased and picked up her wedding gown the day she was in the shop. She was there to order dresses for her bridesmaids. Due to all of the negative press, I believe some actions to cancel the bridesmaids dresses was taken. Interesting enough it took until January 2015 for Amber's veil to arrive although it too was ordered in June 2014. That's right, she purchased her gown and veil there . Let's be sure we tell the whole truth when telling the story.

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Linzi Jones
45 months ago

While I cannot afford a monetary donation at this time, I will be purchasing my daughters winter formal dress from Coming Attractions to help bring them some business. I know I am only one person, but change and help has to start somewhere!

+ Read More
Kaylee Wade
45 months ago

Wish I could help but my family is trying to raise money for our daughters medical expenses.. I'm sharing your link on my Facebook to spread the word. Good luck to you ! Wish I could do more :(

+ Read More
Terri Crispin
45 months ago

Sandy, I started the page with the goal of helping to keep them open, but we'd have to raise $60K for them to place their semiannual inventory order. I don't know if that's possible, but I'm hoping. Anything we reach will go towards at least helping them over the next few months as they wind everything down and fulfill all orders. They have a staff of four and they have been bleeding money since October. If nothing else, I am hoping the employees will not lose their jobs as the shop goes through its closure process. Any questions, please feel free to email me at savecomingattractions.com. I will be more than happy to fill you in. :)

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Sandy Bromley Esakov
45 months ago

I am confused. Per interview with paper store is closing even with city's offer to help. What are the funds for ?

+ Read More
Tonia Bernes Price
45 months ago

I cant afford to help out, But im sharing the link. I hope the store can be saved. I hate too see a local business close due to this!

+ Read More
Terri Crispin
45 months ago

Thanks, Andrea!

+ Read More
Andrea Harper
45 months ago

I shared on Facebook, and also posted link to this on the Yahoo news article where I first saw it.

+ Read More
Bob Grant
45 months ago

Sad you are so bitter Yvonne....I will pray for your soul to receive the love around this site

+ Read More
Terri Crispin
45 months ago

Thank you, Gerald! The more media attention, the better. I'm so happy we're able to help Anna and her employees. :)

+ Read More
Gerald Villani
45 months ago

Great news Terri. I tweeted this to Bill Wills, the morning show host on WTAM 1100AM in Cleveland and he retweeted it!

+ Read More
Angie Lewis
45 months ago

I bought my beautiful wedding dress there. Always the first words out of every bride Corning Attractions. . Let's go. I hope she can pull through.

+ Read More
Dale Painter
45 months ago

She should be able to sue AMBER. The woman knew what she was doing, and insisted on putting others at risk. This shop owner will lose her and her employees livelyhood for doing the RIGHT thing.

+ Read More
Si Enna
45 months ago

Sending support and sharing in Vancouver and Victoria, Canada. Hope to help you out, and combat ignorance about Ebola. Love!

+ Read More
CA Bridal
45 months ago

Thank you everyone for your donations thus far. Everyone's support means so much to us. We never expected anything like this. The support is overwhelming!!

+ Read More
Abbey Carey
45 months ago

Please donate!I just bought mm wedding dress here and was supposed to have my first fitting on Saturday. Please help keep them open!!

+ Read More
Candace Lenyard
45 months ago

Sharing!!!!

+ Read More
Terri Crispin
45 months ago

Thank you all for being so supportive!

+ Read More
April Broadhurst
45 months ago

Thank you for creating this. I hope others will share & hopefully save some of her small business. ITS TIME FOR POSITIVE MEDIA ATTN!

+ Read More
Angie Oven
45 months ago

As a bridal shop owner myself, I know this could happen to any of us really in any business...This is not about right or wrong, it's about saving one store that suffered a tragic loss - I hope people can do this for her.

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