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Date of Issue: December 20, 2007

How to help

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Sue Normand, 63

Friends and family of Sue Normand have launched a Web site, www.supportsue.com, to provide updates on the Islander’s recovery and to receive assistance.

Normand, 63, was shot on Dec. 5 just minutes after she opened her store, Island Mail & More, 3230 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. An hour later her alleged assailant was shot by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Normand is recovering from a gunshot wound that shattered her hip, but she lacks health insurance and her medical expenses will be high.

At www.supportsue.com, people can contribute via PayPal to the Sue Normand Relief and Recovery Fund.

How else can the community help?

Some people have been volunteering at Island Mail & More to keep the business operating during the peak holiday season.

Normand’s son, Stephen, also is encouraging holiday shoppers - and mailers - to patronize the shop and show their support as consumers.

In addition, the Bay of Dreams is collecting money to assist Normand at the request of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, of which Normand has been a long-time member.

The chamber is collecting funds through its Bay of Dreams account at the chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Donors are asked to make checks out to Bay of Dreams and write “Sue Normand” on the memo line.

A concert to benefit Normand will take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The band Counter Clockwise, headed by popular BeachHouse/Sandbar restaurant entertainer Chuck Caudill, will perform and pass the hat for the Bay of Dreams-Sue Normand account.

The Islander newspaper is still collecting signatures and “well wishes” for Normand at the office in the Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, with the anticipated delivery shortly before the holidays to Normand.