Benefit set today for Edsons

Published 12:03 am Saturday, July 14, 2012

Local cosmetologists Wynette Mitchell and Tracie Lawson are pulling double duties in the help department today.

They are reaching out to their fellow businesswomen, and helping their family grieve the loss of a loved one.

The Sports Cut duo will hold a benefit for the Rona Edson family from 8 a.m. until noon at Wiggins Barber Shop, located on South Cotton Street, just off of the Court Square.

Edson died last week in a hospital as a result of injuries she sustained in a sports utility vehicle crash two weeks ago.

“I’ve known Rona for 20 years,” Mitchell said. “I would hope that if I couldn’t open my shop, that someone would help. Rona was only 40, which is my age, and that kind of hit home to me. I felt like it was something to help Robin (Anderson) at Wiggins.”

Mitchell said she and Lawson wanted to do something that would be beneficial to the family.

“And Cayleigh and Clay (Stacks) don’t have either parents,” she said. “So we didn’t want to send flowers. We wanted to do something to raise money, and this doesn’t cost us a thing, except that we are not going to open up our shop. We will post a sign that tells our customers to come to Wiggins.”

Mitchell said the Edson sisters use their business.

“Their sister doesn’t cut women’s hair, and they are good customers for us,” she said. “We’re doing donations and whatever Wiggins charges, we are going to charge. One hundred percent of it is going to be given to Rona’s family.”