• Christy Ortegon, above, has been battling stage three cervical cancer for over a year. A benefit concert for her is being held by the Young County Greater Good Project on Saturday, Feb. 18. Contributed photo

Group hosts fundraiser Saturday for cancer patient

The Black Dutch Sioux band, through the Young County Greater Good Project, are reuniting for a benefit concert to support Graham local Christy Ortegon, who is battling stage three cervical cancer.
Ortegon has been fighting the cancer for over a year and has endured 33 days of radiation treatments, a major surgery and just started her third round of chemotherapy. Christy has three children and the the YCGGP is hoping to lighten her load with the benefit concert.  
“We fill gaps in areas, like, for Christy here, where she is going through a pretty hard time with the cancer and some new circumstances in her life, so we kind of step in a little bit with the help of other people in Young County who have kind of joined along the way,” YCGGP co-founder Ventura Monrreal said.
The concert will be the group’s first benefit concert and will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 at Neri’s on the Square with music starting at 7 p.m. A $15 minimum donation will be required to enter the concert and the Black Dutch Sioux band will have mature content for those over the age of 21.
An online auction will be held on the same day before the concert on the YCGGP group Facebook page and in conjunction with the Oasis of Grace Church. The bidding will open at 9 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m.
The Black Dutch Sioux held their farewell show on March 16, 2016 with a large crowd in attendance but YCGGP co-founder Neri Gonzales said band members were more than willing to get back together in support of Ortegon.
“They were open to do rehearsals and get reunited for Christy and so that is how the whole Reunited for Christy – the name –came, because this one time only they are going to reunite to do the concert for her,” Gonzales said.
Other featured guests will be DJ Mando Molina, Rohn Bailey, The Hopeless Romantics and hosts Michelle Winters and Morgan Jezek.

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