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Sunrise Rollerland to host ‘Donate to Skate’ event, following tragic death of employee

A screenshot from Sunrise Rollerland’s Facebook page shows an announcement for a June 26 Skate Memorial for Mehki Clay.

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Sunrise Rollerland on Monday will host a Skate Memorial and Fundraiser to celebrate the life of Mehki Clay, a 19-year-old rollerland employee whose body was found in a lake during a camping trip he took earlier this month in El Dorado County.

The “Donate to Skate” event will take place on June 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the Sunrise Rollerland, located at 6001 Sunrise Vista Drive, in Citrus Heights. Attendees are encouraged to make cash donations of any amount, with the funds directly contributing to covering Clay’s end-of-life services. “Any remaining funds will be dedicated to supporting his wrestling team or establishing a wrestling scholarship in his name,” the roller rink said in a post on Facebook.

Donations of $10 or more will receive a complimentary Free Admission Skate Pass, which can be redeemed at any time, Sunrise Rollerland says.

“Mehki was not only an exceptional skater but also an incredible employee,” the roller rink posted. “This event aims to honor him and ensure that his legacy continues to inspire others.”

According to a June 14 story from The Sacramento Bee, Clay was reported missing at Jenkinson Lake, where he had been swimming with some wrestling teammates. His body was recovered from the bottom of the lake the next day.

“Mehki was a hardworking and kind-hearted individual who had an amazing work ethic and would always go the extra mile to help those around him,” Sunrise Rollerland management said in a June 13 Facebook update. “He was the most polite employee we have ever had, and he truly had a heart of gold.”

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