Benefit Auction For Tim O’Gorman -UPDATE

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. 

This thing has taken off in a way that is both heart-warming (I LOVE the Morgan community) and overwhelming.  I have had to make some adjustments to my original plan.  This has definitely been a group effort, with many thanks to Suzy Lucine, Sue & Jeff Evans, and Nancy Galusha for your help and advice.  With everyone’s cooperation and understanding, we’ll muddle through this together and make a million dollars. :-)

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. A breeding service to Ultra’s Special Agent.
4. Full day clinic at your location with Barbara Irvine; travel expenses to your location are not included.
5. Full-page, 4-color ad in the Saddle Horse Report.
6. A breeding service 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. Original artwork by Deb Richter.
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, Penn-Ohio, Connecticut, Mass Morgan, Jubilee, and NY Morgan shows for 2010.
21. Bobby’s Hunt Bridle (new)
22. Shoeing by Sean Travers.
23. Day at Broadmoor.
24. One month of training at Fairview Stables by Jaisen Von Ballmoos.
25. Golf Cart for the 2010 New England Morgan Horse Show
26. 4 days and 3 nights in the Sebring’s vacation home on Cape Cod.
27. Full-page 4-color ad in the Connection that may be used at any time.
28. A day at Peeper Ranch.
29. Four Corcel sheets – 3-72 in. sheets and 1-74 in. sheet.
30. A breeding service to MLF Sharper Image, a horse bred by Tim & Shirley while at Meadowland Farms.  Sire of 2 two-year-old Reserve World Champions.
31. One pair of Hot Jods.
32. One breeding to Benediction (Shanghai, by Forevermore X HVK Noble Melody, by Noble Flaire)
33. A ride or drive with World Amateur Park Saddle Champion, Simply Maserati, at his home at Morning View Stables in Gilbertsville, NY.
34. Limited Edition “UVM Valcour” model, signed, numbered, and signed by EVERYONE!!!  (Peter Stone, Chris McDermott, Chris Cassenti, Jeanne Mellin Herrick, & Steve Davis.)  It comes with a certificate showing its significance.  These cannot be purchased.
35. Weekend for two at the fabulous Cedar Spring Farm situated in the heart of the Champlain Valley, one of Vermont’s most spectacular vacation spots.  Includes a complete evaluation for horse and rider in any discipline, with your own horse or one of our world champion lesson horses.
36. 14 nights in a 6-bed bungalow in North Wales donated by Cloister Morgans.
37. An autographed jersey from NY Islander goalie Marty Biron.
38. 18 back issues of the annual publication “Morgan Breeders Guide”, including the highly sought after 1996 edition, shipped to the buyer.
39. Evaluation of your dressage prospect via video or DVD by three trainers from Full Circle Dressage.
40. 2 days at Rushton Stables in southern California to watch horses work and take a guided trail ride, AND a ride or drive with 4-time World Champion CCR’s Outragjus Corajus.
41. 16×20 in. gold-framed Canvas Portrait, high-resolution digital file to be supplied by winner, donated by Gloucester Graphics Equine Division.
42. Design and production of a one-page B&W or color ad by Sonja Aghabekian.
43. A day with Jean DeGutis at Equitation Unlimited and a month of lessons, to be used at anytime.
44. A month of lessons from Nikki Rae Woodworth at KGA Morgans.
45. A set of Inaugural License Plates, with a letter of authenticity for the plates.
46. A hand made quilt with an equine theme from Kathy Conway.
47. One month of training at Merriehill.  Board is not included.
48. A breeding service to Lamborghini In Black donated by Grace Steere and David Rand.
49. Dinner from the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for 15 people, delivered to the horse show office on Saturday, Sept 19.  

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.  If you cannot attend the auction in person, please email us at any time before 9 pm Thursday at MochaMon228@gmail.com 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.  You will need to provide payment information when you are called and given a bidding number.

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