Helping Hands Night for Wausau victims

Posted at 9:38 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 11:19:46-04

A local restaurant has helped the families of the victims killed in the tragic Wausau-area shootings.

HuHot Mongolian Grill in Ashwaubenon had a special "Helping Hands Night" Wednesday evening to benefit Officer Jason Weiland, Attorney Sara Quirt Sann, and Marathon Savings Bank employees Dianne Look and Karen Barclay.  

The victims were shot and killed by suspect Nengmy Vang.  Vang died from gunshot wounds following a shootout with police in March.  HuHot donated proceeds from sales to the "Victims Family Fund," set-up at River Valley Bank in honor of the four people killed.

"The store that I work in needs to do something for our home town," HuHot Assistant Manager Sarah Bouvat said. "I know there's a lot of people from Wausau and Rothschild that now live in Green Bay."

Bouvat is originally from Rothschild and described the Wausau area as a quiet and safe place, where "everyone knew everybody". This was why she was surprised and moved to help. 

"I saw the amount of people that just showed up to show their support for this officer, and I just felt that in my position, where I am sitting, I can do something about it," Bouvat said.

HuHot usually donates 10 percent of sales made during "Helping Hands Nights" to local charities.  However, 20 percent of sales went to the families of victims killed in Wausau.   Bouvat wanted HuHot to support a fund that would provide for all families involved.

"I didn't want to have to pick who was more important, because I believe they're all just as equally important," Bouvat said.

Ashwaubenon and Wausau HuHot locations partnered and combined proceeds from sales.   They donated close to $1,400 to the "Victims Family Fund," set-up at River Valley Bank.