Remember how, a few weeks ago, I told you that some friends and I were exploring ways to help densely bearded local troubadour Patrick Elkins pay the almost $10,000 in medical bills that he’d amassed over the past year, as a result of his ongoing battle with Deep Vein Thrombosis? Well, phase-one of our plan to assist Ypsilanti’s beloved puppeteer is now officially in effect. As of this morning, there’s a Fundrazr page where you can make monetary donations. (We’re not even through the first day, and we’ve already raised about $900, which should give you some indication of just how much Patrick is loved and appreciated.) And, we also announced the lineup for Legfest, the incredibly ambitious live fundraiser we’re planning for October 11 at Woodruff’s. Here it is…
+ SURPRISE GUESTS & SPECIAL GUEST DJs
+ With Emcee MC TRASHPEDAL
DOORS AT 7 P.M.
MUSIC & ART AUCTION AT 8 P.M.
You can’t buy tickets just yet, but we have set up a Facebook event page for Legfest, in case you’d like to tell us, and everyone else that you know, that you’re planning to attend.
And it’s kind of just a rumor at this point, but, if you don’t want to help out Patrick, there still may be something that you can do for fun on the night of the 11th. Word is that the band Girth will be performing a protest set, in their car, behind Woodruff’s. “Pat’s had robot legs for years,” a member of Girth told the band’s followers today online. “He’s just trying to make a quick buck.”
One last thing… Let’s all collectively take this opportunity to reflect on just how fucked up it is to live in the only successful, industrialized country in the world that does not provide health care for its people. The fact that Patrick needs to worry about the threats of bill collectors instead of just focusing on his recovery, I think, is unconscionable. As much as I love Pat, and welcome the opportunity to help him out in some small way, is this really the kind of world we want to live in… where we have to launch fundraising campaigns every time a friend needs to go to the emergency room with a blood clot which could, if left untreated, end his life? I know folks love their low taxes, but is that really the kind of world we want to leave for the next generation?
And, remember, if you can’t come out and join us on the 11th, you can make a donation online today.