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Tuesday, July 31, 2007


A Friend In Need...

Most of you have probably not had the pleasure of meeting David Ortmann in person...but for the few of you who have, you know he is one of the most dynamic and unforgettable people on the planet. David is a novelist, artist and psychotherapist in San Francisco, but I first met him as an actor; in the early 1990's, David was one of the leading players of my first theatre company in Washington D.C., and a semi-legend where theatrical drag is concerned. Although we've lived on different coasts for over a decade now, I keep up with his amazing life when I can; he's now an accomplished author, a lecturer...one of the truly wonderful people I've met in this life.

And he's had a serious tragedy.

I'm posting this letter that I received from Chris Dilley, one of the Kinsey Sicks and another good friend from the D.C. days. I hope, whether you know David or not, you'll try to help out. Good karma and all that...and he's really in need. Do what you can.

Dear Friends,

As many of you may know by now, our good friend and colleague David Ortmann was burned out of his home in San Francisco on June 27th at 4am. Since his psychotherapy practice operated out of a private home office, he has been rendered both homeless and officeless for the next year while repairs are completed on the building. David is alive and well, though his beloved turtle of 16 years (Gus) died in the fire.

We are writing as part of a relief effort to help David through this time. Since he was between renter's insurance policies, almost all of his expenses will be out of pocket and they number in the thousands.

The David Ortmann Relief Fund has been set up to help David. Over the years David has been there for us, for all of our fundraisers, campaign drives, trainings, demonstrations, performances, shows, bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, and he buys boxes of our kids' fund raising candy whether he eats it or not. His home, heart, and wallet were never closed to the closest of friends or the most casual of

We have set up a PayPal (www.PayPal.com) account under David's email address (river0129@sbcglobal.net), where electronic contributions can be sent. PayPal is a secure, simple, and user-friendly way to make contributions. Checks and money orders can be sent to: David Ortmann Relief Fund, 2261 Market Street #121, San Francisco, CA 94114

We may not be able to bring Gus back, but we can certainly make a difference. With many thanks for your generosity and thoughtfulness...

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