Bring your own records party and auction December 22 to benefit former Pablo's barista Meagan Patrick

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When Meagan Patrick, a former friendly face behind the counter at Pablo's Coffee on 6th and Washington, got sick, the community within the neighborhood hangout wanted to help. Tomorrow, December 22, longtime Pablo's employee Jason Cain and longtime Pablo's customer Sarah Slater are hosting a benefit to help uninsured Patrick cover the expenses of her treatment for brain cancer. Going down at the Mercury Cafe, the evening focuses on bringing joy and some monetary relief to a friend in need.

Slater and Cain will be deejaying the Winter Soul Record Party and Silent Auction, but all are welcome to bring their own vinyl for a mini-set during the evening. The event is all ages, and vegan snacks will be provided by Corey Elbin -- who hosts Gorinto, the usual monthly community gathering lending its Wednesday-night slot to the benefit.

There is a suggested donation of $10, but Slater emphasizes that no one will be turned away because of lack of funds. A free-range turkey has been donated by the Merc and will be raffled off, and there will be a silent auction from 7 to 10 p.m. It will feature items given to the cause by Salvegetti's, Fancy Tiger and Pablo's, plus pieces by local artists Brittany Gould, Debbie Clapper and more.

Anyone unable to attend but still wishing to donate to Patrick can visit Savemp.org.

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