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Martin Law Office sets up benefit fund for business involved in Sikh Temple shooting

Oak Creek-based Martin Law Office S.C. is helping a local business that helped others involved in the Aug. 5 Sikh Temple shooting.

The firm and its owner, Kevin Martin, have set up Benefit Fund for Classic Lanes through BMO Harris Bank for 30 days. The firm is challenging other corporations in Oak Creek to donate $250 to help Classic Lanes and its owner, Al Passehl.

According to the website set up to benefit Classic Lanes, the fund was established to honor the generosity of Classic Lanes for its actions in the aftermath of the Sikh Temple shooting. According to the website, “Without forewarning, Classic Lanes closed its business and opened its arms to accept those in need of refuge from the Temple across the street, including worshipers, families, police, firefighters and emergency rescue personnel.

“For over 37 hours, Classic Lanes graciously gave everything from food and beverage to shelter and hospitality. We need only imagine the double hit taken by closing a business and giving everything it could. Yet, with the utmost humility, Classic Lanes asked for nothing in return.”

Passehl’s bowling alley became a place of relief for those involved in the shooting on Aug. 5. Passehl, according to reports, worked more than 37 hours straight and he and some of his employees opened the business to the Sikh community by providing space, food, drinks and time.

Martin said he set up the fund as a small way to show appreciation for the owner of Classic Lanes.

A gunman killed six people attending services on Aug. 5 before killing himself.

To donate, visit www.benefitforclassiclanes.com.

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