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Friends, Legion Step up to Aid Local Family

Job loss, medical expenses pile up; friends organize fundraiser.

For the Orrs, it's been one bad break after another as of late: an injury on the job for mom, a job loss for dad, and most recently a bone infection that has resulted in hefty medical bills for the family.

But, as they say, that's what friends are for. 

Members in the East Hampton American Legion Post No. 419 have organized a fundraiser to lend the active members in the club a hand.

When a bone infection spread in one of Bob Orr's feet, requiring a partial amputation – on top of everything else that the family was dealing with – it was decided that it was time to step up.

"What can we do to help them out, is what it comes down to," said Megan Ganga, a longtime friend who did much of the heavy lifting in organizing a fundraiser on Saturday.

"Helping with day-to-day expenses, some medical things are not going to be covered under Medicaid. And the Orrs aren't only good friends of ours, they are good friends of the community. So we thought, 'People throw a fundraiser for everything in this town. Let's give it a shot.'"

Tony Ganga used words like "stoic" and "reserved" to describe Bob, a member of the Sons of the American Legion. Donna, who has been out of work and on worker's compensation since taking a fall at her old job at Dune Management, is a past president of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the post.

"Whatever you ask Donna to do, she's there," Tony said, adding that Orr has helped in the past with an annual blood drive hosted by the Legion and organized by the East Hampton Lions Club and this year, helped get information out about the drive and organized volunteers.

According to Megan, other stresses such as medical issues with the Orr's six-year-old son, C.J., as well as a recently-blown water pump in their home, added to the need to take action for their friends.

Saturday night, the Legion will be hosting a fundraiser to help them out, including a Chinese auction, door prizes, and a 50-50 raffle. East Hampton's Blue Collar Band has signed on to perform live music, and light food will be served and a cash bar will be available as well.

The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m.

"We're absolutely overwhelmed and humbled," said Bob Orr on Friday. "I mean, I've been there and my wife has been there so many times for other people when they needed help and stuff like that. But we never expected to be in the other seat. So it's going to be a really fantastic night."

Megan November 30, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I just would like to clarify a few issues in this article. The event was conceived by me and my daughter, Kate Ganga Syfert. We recruited some friends who belong to the American Legion Post in Amagansett. The Post has graciously allowed us to hold this event in their hall. We appreciate the help of these friends, without whom this event would not have happened. Jill Kremm, Jill Baker, Carol Bennett, Dale Brabant and Kathy Barnes have helped get the word out, requested donations of raffle and auction items and have helped organize food. John Havlicek has recruited two additional bands to perform along with his Blue Collar Band. This is truly a community coming together. Thank you all so much. We hope to see you there!
Kate November 30, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Thank you very much for your article. If only to inform more people of my "Family's" situation and tomorrow's Shin-Dig. Our turn out will hopefully show the time and attention My mom Megan and I, as well as our trusty volunteers have put into this. Bob, Donna and CJ are part of our family have been a very long time. With Donna being so far from her very large family, we've all stuck together through many things the last few years. Tomorrow promises to be a Fantastic show, with great auctions, raffles and snacks. Tickets are available at the door. If anyone is looking for more information there is a Facebook page for this event or you may contact me directly 871-3698 Thank You Kate Syfert
John Havlicek December 01, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Megan and Kate: What you've done here for Bob and his family, you've also done for the community at large. You've given us all the opportunity to do something for a friend and neighbor in a very tough spot. The way I see it, it's not just the Orr family who benefits here...we all do. Thank you for doing such a wonderful thing!

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