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My friends are having a "rent" party

One of my closest friends, "Eric", and his BF live in a condo in a very nice neighborhood in the suburbs of Boston. They bought the condo back in late 2009 and got a great price given the general state of the real estate market at that time. Well, last year, Eric lost his job. His partner is ten years younger and his income is not even half of what Eric's was. Just a few days ago, I received an email stating that they are throwing a party to raise money to pay for the last two months of their mortgage payments, making it sound like a real sob story. I do emphathize, mind you. The email promises all sorts of great food and drink (Eric is a great cook)and the chance to win a new DVD player (probably a re-gift from Xmas). The catch is that everyone has to pay $75.00 to attend. Now, I am unemployed myself, and I really can't afford to pay $75.00. I can barely pay my own rent. I haven't eaten out or gone to the movies in months. Now, I just know that Eric's boyfriend is going to THROW A FIT if I do not take part. He's always acted very entitled and he is sort of the "gate-keeper" in the relationship, meaning that he always seems to be the one to decide who's "in" or "out" where their social circle is concerned. I do not want to jeopardize my friendship with Eric. What would you do in this situation? TIA

They should be throwing the party for me. Grrrr
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