Benefit Auction for Tim O’Gorman


There will be a live auction on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 during the NY Morgan Regional in Syracuse, NY to benefit Tim O’Gorman.  Tim was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and has no health insurance.  Several valuable items have been donated to the auction so far and we will be accepting phone bids during the auction.  Items to be auctioned include:
1. Custom saddle suit by Marsha Shepard made with the fabric of your choice.
2. Hand-made harness trunk that holds 4 harnesses, from Lynn Peeples.
3. Breeding to Ultra’s Special Agent.
4. Full day clinic at your location with Barbara Irvine.
5. Full-page, 4-color ad in the Saddle Horse Report.
6. Breeding to UVM (Tim’s Alma Mater) Stallion of Choice
7.Danny Williams wire sculpture.
8. Both a 16×20 and a 20×30 photo by Terry Young.
9. Training bridle from LaSalle.
10. Jeanne Herrick print.
11. Gift certificate from Rhode Island tack.
12. 20×20 photo collage from Shane Shiflet.
13. Deb Richter print.
14. Gift certificate from Steed Whips.
15. Freedman glazed, black leather portfolio.
16. Day at Taylor River Farm that includes either a ride or a drive.
17. Full-page, B&W ad in The Morgan Horse magazine; buyer may upgrade to color.
18. Horsehair bracelet donated by Amanda DuPont.
19. Catered lunch for 6 at the 2010 NEMHS donated by Cindy Mugnier and Earleen Kenyon.
20. Free stalls at the Mid-A, the Penn-Ohio, the Jubilee, and the NY Morgan shows for 2010.
21. Bobby’s Hunt Bridle (new)
22. Shoeing by Sean Travers.
23. Day at Broadmoor.
24. Golf Cart for the 2010 New England Morgan Horse Show
25. 4days and 3 nights in the Sebring’s vacation home on Cape Cod.
26. Full-page 4-color ad in the Connection that may be used at any time.
27. A day at Peeper Ranch.
28. Four Corcel sheets – 3-72 in. sheets and 1-74 in. sheet.
29. Breeding to MLF Sharper Image, a horse bred by Tim & Shirley while at Meadowland Farms.
30. One pair of Hot Jods.
31. One breeding to Benediction (Shanghai, by Forevermore X HVK Noble Melody, by Noble Flaire)
32. A ride or drive with Simply Maserati.
33.            Limited Edition “UVM Valcour” model, signed, numbered, and signed by EVERYONE!!!  (Peter Stone, Chris McDermott (owner), Chris Cassenti (trainer), Jeanne Mellin Herrick (designer), Steve Davis (Breeder).  It comes with a certificate showing its significance.  These cannot be purchased.

As more items are donated, the information on this site will be updated.

To everyone who has already made a donation, please search for the group “Friends of Tim O’Gorman” on Facebook and, if at all possible, post a picture and description of the item that you have donated.  Those who have donated a day at your facility may want to include a picture of the farm or your logo.

The auction will take place in a site yet to be determined, after the last class of the evening session, or at about 9:30 pm.  Phones will open at 9 pm.  If you cannot attend the auction in person, please call at 9 pm to let us know which item(s) you would like to bid on.  Or, you may email us at to let us know what you are interested in bidding on and a phone number where you can be reached when your item comes up.  The numbers to call are:
419-261-8341, 315-420-0480, or 724-301-1409.

Everyone who will be attending the show is encouraged to bring items to donate to the auction and to bid often and bid high during the auction.

This update was made at 2:30 pm on Saturday, Sept 12.

11 Responses to Benefit Auction for Tim O’Gorman

  1. Jennifer says:

    I have a brand new Bobby’s Hunt Bridle with tags that I could donate. Would that be accepted? Where can I send it?

  2. Mocha Mom says:

    Thank you soooo much. You may send it to me, as long as I get it BEFORE Wednesday, Sept. 16, as that is the day that I will leave for Syracuse. Send it to Diane Garrow, 217 Dar Drive, New Wilmington, PA 16142.

    Please note that I have updated the list of donations and will continue to update it as donations are confirmed.

  3. parksaddle1024 says:

    Is there an address we can send donations to? I will be at another horse show that weekend and will not be able to bid. Our thoughts and prayers are with the O’Gormans

  4. colwilrin says:

    Will the updated list be posted here…or updates just added as comments below?

  5. Mocha Mom says:

    I am working on setting up an account for sending donations to. Is anyone either an accountant or tax attorney who can advise me on the tax implications? The last thing they need is to pay income tax on the donations. My understanding right now is that gifts up to $10,000 per donor are not taxed, meaning that each member of a family can give $10,000 that won’t be taxed. Is that true? I need something that will stand up to the IRS. My email address is garrow 4668 @, without the spaces.

    As for the updates, so far I have been editing my original post, but if it’s easier for readers, I can make the updates as comments.

  6. bluedesiign says:

    I would like to make a donation. Please let me know where I can send it.

  7. deb richter says:

    I am donating an original work of art, not a print. Also many prayers to the O’Gormans……

  8. Mocha Mom says:

    Thanks Deb. I’ll fix that. Diane

  9. Mocha Mom says:

    For those of you who have asked about making a donation directly to Tim & Shirley. I have consulted with their accountant who tells me that checks of up to $11,000 per donor, can be made out to each of them, for a total of $22,000, without tax consequences. Please write “Gift to Tim O’Gorman” in the memo section of the check and mail it to them at PO Box 698 Perrysburg, OH 43552

  10. StacyGRS says:

    Hi there,
    I know you guys are swamped, but, if you could get an up to date list of the items being offered, I was going to send it out to some people and help spread the word to get bidders.

  11. bella92290 says:

    Syracuse International would like to donate a stall for the 2010 Show to the auction. See you at the show =)

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