Rallying for a Friend 

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  • Stephen Barker

I recently received some sobering news about a fellow Richmond bartender and his ongoing struggle with cancer. Stephen Barker, a much beloved member of our brotherhood, is fighting for his life, and a few of his close friends have organized a fundraiser to help with his medical bills. Bucks for Barker will be held at BlackFinn Restaurant and Bar on Monday, Dec. 20, from 7-11 p.m.

The event includes a silent auction featuring such items as concert tickets, grills, trips, New Year's Eve tickets to various clubs, a snowboard, massages and golf lessons in addition to a restaurant gift certificate raffle. Live entertainment will be provided by the band Grinding Stone and $20 wristbands will give you great food and drink specials. All proceeds go to Barker's family.

Barker is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts, and featured the city in many of his pieces. He worked for years as a local bartender and as a manager at BlackFinn. Organizers of the fundraiser say they admire him in part for “his warm sense of humor, his honesty and his selfless nature,” which are some of the reasons they've drawn together to help him.

Please come support our friend in his time of need.

For information or to contribute e-mail bucksforbarker@hotmail.com or call Camille Kostin at 467-3401.


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