Ort Needs Athens, Athens Needs Ort

Dearfolk, Ort has been reluctant to let us know, but he is in a very difficult spot and we know Athens will be eager to show him how much his kindness, stories, yarns, and astonishing memory of anecdotes and history has meant to generations of Athenians. For many of us a beer with Ort was bragging rights. Even for those who watched from afar feel like he is a link to the intangible character that makes Athens far more than a town. We recently found out that he is not eligible for social security. He has always kept busy and helpful to many, and has been an astonishingly gifted writer. But it has all fallen under the category of untraditional income.  He also spent most of his life caring for his mother, who left him a modest inheritance which is now exhausted. Your contribution will help us get him through this current rough patch. He will be able to pay his most basic bills,  some property tax, and figure out the next step. It's been a rough year for everyone, so please know the smallest amount is deeply appreciated. Or share this fundraiser with a story. He will love every story and probably remember more than you do!

Donations (444)

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  • Keith Reardigan
    • $100 
    • 8 mos
  • Terance Schmidt
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Anna Rodriguez
    • $25 
    • 1 yr
  • Mandy Mastrovita
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 1 yr
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Organizer and beneficiary

Lesley Ganschow
Winterville, GA
William Carlton

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