City Wildrose Owner Burned in Gas Fire Gets a Little Love
posted by September 24 at 14:44 PMon
After spending three weeks in the hospital with severe leg burns, Martha Manning, co-owner of Seattle’s only lesbian bar, the Wildrose, is being released later today. Manning was at a gas station on Capitol Hill September 4 when an SUV careened into a gas pump that blew up upon impact.
“She had to have skin grafts on both ankles, her lower legs, and feet,” says Wildrose co-owner Shelly Brothers. Manning’s right leg is also in a cast to protect her damaged Achilles tendon.
Before medics could rescue her, Manning first rescued her Chihuahua, Honey, who was sitting in Manning’s car before flames charred the pumps and the surrounding vehicles. The unscathed, five-pound pooch now stars in the poster for Manning’s benefit concert next week:
The all-volunteer lineup for the October 1 show at Chop Suey includes Leslie and the Lys, Team Gina, Precious Moments, and several DJs. If you can’t attend the benefit but still want to contribute to Manning’s recovery fund, you can drop off a check at the Wildrose or make a deposit to the “Martha Manning Fund” at any Bank of America location. The show will also feature a silent auction, including karate lessons and a gift bag from Babeland. Bidders should bring a cash or a checkbook.
Proceeds from the benefit will go toward Manning’s medical bills and other expenses while she is unable to work. “It is such a huge bill that insurance won’t cover it all,” Brothers says. “We have no idea how long it will be before she can get back to work.”
In the meantime, Wildrose staff have been shuffling their schedules to make up for Manning’s absence at the busy bar, Brothers says. “We all miss her.”