valley has heart
in aid to Montgomery
is especially great is how wonderful the community is in their support
and how living in a small town is so incredible."
Express Staff Writer
Montgomery—a Ketchum chiropractor, Ironman triathlete, river guide,
kayaker, marathoner, conditioning specialist and former U.S.
Marine—learned Sunday the Wood River Valley has heart. Hundreds of
friends and valley residents gathered together at a sold out benefit for
the popular athlete, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
was diagnosed Aug. 22 with metastatic adenocarcinoma, with a primary
tumor in his small intestine. He is currently receiving chemotherapy
treatment once a month at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Longtime friend Willy
McCarty, left, was one of the organizers of a benefit for Tom
Montgomery, center, Sunday at the Limelight Room in Sun Valley. Next to Montgomery, who is battling cancer, is his girlfriend
Monica Maybo. Photo by Willy Cook.
organized a benefit for Montgomery Sunday night at the Limelight Room in
Sun Valley to raise funds to help defray costs of his travel and
treatment. Montgomery has had to close his chiropractic office in
friends who organized the event, among them Willy McCarty, Duncan
Morton, Tyra MacGuffie, Esta Hoenstein, Rob Freeman and Bob Rosso,
originally oversold the tickets for the event. They moved the venue to
the Limelight Room in Sun Valley to accommodate more people and to have
a better locale for the burgeoning silent auction. Again, the event sold
out immediately and had a long waiting list. Eventually, 435 people paid
$50 each for tickets for dinner, the auctions and DJ music.
greeted guests for nearly an hour in the foyer at the Limelight Room
during the cocktail hour. Guests purchased and wore baseball caps
designed by Nikki Biddle and made by Davis Embroidery. On the front is
"TM Ketchum, Idaho," while on the back is stitched "Hats
off to Tom 10-13-02."
Rufus Brown was one of the big winners during the live auction after outbidding the competition for a Heli skiing trip in
India. Photo by Willy Cook.
purchased by partygoers for $20 a pop were balloons with vouchers inside
for donated prizes.
began the auction by giving an inspirational meditative speech while 435
people closed their eyes. "People put their energy into Tom or for
anyone else who needed it to be happy and healthy," MacGuffie said.
was a positive energy flow and way cool," said another guest.
"It was to get people to exude a golden light towards Tommy. To
make you feel good and spend more."
made a short speech, followed by a written thank you from Montgomery. In
it he thanked all his friends and those who were willing to help.
Especially moving was a heartfelt thank you to his girlfriend Monica
Maybo for her help, dedication and love.
Amy Marx shows off a new pair of skis which she won during the silent auction at the benefit bash for
Montgomery. Photo by Willy Cook.
Flynn conducted the live auction. The largest item—a Heli Skiing trip
in India complete with five-star hotels and all meals—went for
$10,000. At the end of the evening Flynn spontaneously suggested that
people pony up funds to pay Montgomery’s $1,400 monthly rental expense
in Ketchum. Immediately, hands were raised and within moments a whole
year of rental fees had been pledged.
were people there who barely knew him and were raising their
hands," marveled one partygoer.
said the evening was a huge success. "What is especially great is
how wonderful the community is in their support and how living in a
small town is so incredible. In three short weeks we put together a
benefit for someone who has given back a lot over the years. Everybody
just stepped up."
can also be made to the Tom Montgomery Cancer Fund at UBS Paine Webber,
P.O. Box 1329, Sun Valley, 83353.