The Orange Lions Club will host its 55th annual Easter Egg Hunt for all Orange Children on Saturday, April 8, at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The first hunt for the youngest children steps off at 1 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, April 15th , at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as on April 8. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m., one half-hour before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself.
There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.
The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups. This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have to distribute.
The four age groups are: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade and Second Grade; (3) Third Grade and Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade.
Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.
An adult should accompany all participating children to this event. Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs (to be fair, children only on the field during his or her designated hunt). Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny.
Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only.
Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901- 9062. All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year. Among the other annual events are: the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for pre-schoolers, an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser, and giveaways for children at the Memorial Day parade.
In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; and for many years, the Lions have run a Community Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. In particular, the Orange Lions Club has made many gifts to the Case Memorial Library over the years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight impaired and the general public. The Orange Lions also fund two $1,000 scholarships each year for students graduating from Amity High School.