Broadway Performers Lend Talents For Benefit In CT

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Nov 152015

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 12.58.52 AMIn its ongoing efforts to find a “forever home” Broadway Method Academy is hosting a benefit concert “Broadway Sings!” at Fairfield Theater Company, 70 Sanford St, Fairfield, on Monday, Nov. 16 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Broadway Method Academy’s Executive Director, Connor Deane, an Orange native and Amity Grad, said the evening will be filled with top-notch talent from both Connecticut and New York, including some of Broadway’s top performers.

Students of Broadway Method Academy will have the unique opportunity of singing alongside some of these special Broadway talents in an evening that celebrates Broadway’s best hits!

John Riddle (The Visit), Ryan Vasquez (Wicked), Dennis O’Bannion (White Christmas), Jeff Pew (Cinderella, The Bandstand, First Wives Club), Blaine Krauss (Lion King) Julian Decker (Les Miserables, Hunchback of Notre Dame), Kimber Sprawl (Beautiful), Arbender Robinson (Hair, Little Mermaid, Ragtime, Beautiful), Christine Cornish Smith (Joseph…Dreamcoat), Michael Hartung (Peter Pan Live!) Quinn Van Antwerp (Jersey Boys), Leeds Hill (Cabaret, Mary Poppins), and Jason Gotay (Bring It On) are set to perform.

Julie James from Sirius XM’s Broadway Channel will host.

The event will take place at FTC’s Warehouse space in downtown Fairfield. Tickets are $85 for adults and $50 for students. The benefit will begin with a cocktail hour (cash bar) as well as a silent auction, followed by the performance.

About Broadway Method Academy

Broadway Method Academy is a musical theater-training program, which helps actors of all ages integrate acting, singing and dancing. From group classes to private instruction, BMA gives children the tools they need for success in the art of musical theater. We pride ourselves in bridging the gap between the Connecticut theater scene and the Broadway community, bringing in some of the top Broadway performers to work directly with our students. Our mission is to build audiences for tomorrow, to educate audiences of today, to enrich the community, and to enrich the lives of children.

For further information on Broadway Method Academy call (203) 675-3526

Originally Published on: Nov 11, 2015 @ 13:18

Orange Lions: Thank You For Your Support

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Mar 122015

DSC00085On Tuesday, March 10, the Orange Lions Club hosted Breakfast For Dinner at Chip’s Restaurant, with three different seatings: 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

For just $10 per person, guests enjoyed 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, bacon or sausage and coffee/tea.

All proceeds benefit projects to improve the local community.

Thank you everyone who came out to support the Lions charities.

Feb 202015


Each year, the Amity Creative Theater (ACT) kids go to Disneyworld where they tour the behind-the-scenes departments that regular visitors most likely will never see.

The students perform in front of an audience and gain a wealth of knowledge about professional theater.

The kids and their adult leaders prepare for months to put on their always entertaining, often award-winning spring musical productions, This trip is the icing on the cake, their “reward” for a job well done, but they must raise their own money for the trip in order to attend.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Orange Ale House will host a benefit for the ACT — Dan Hassenmayer, the award winning lighting guru for the Amity productions — works with his father Jim, running the business.

The benefit will take place at the Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $25 at the door.

Snow expected for The 2015 Freeze Out

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Jan 232015

unnamedIt’s been done in the snow, in sub-freezing temperatures, mild drizzle and above average temperatures.

 No matter what the weather, the youth of the Orange Congregational Church have participated in the “Freeze Out,” an important fundraising event to benefit Youth United/Habitat for Humanity for the past several years.

You will notice a shanty town of cardboard boxes out in front of the church this weekend. Each year the structure takes on a more elaborate style as those who construct it learn from the previous year’s design.

The 2015 Freeze Out begins at 6 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 23 with a pizza dinner for the participants and ends around 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Snow is expected to fall right after midnight, so, bundle up kids!

After dinner the youths and adult chaperones will rotate every hour to experience living outside on a cold January night. Those who are inside the church hall will participate in activities and listen to guest speakers — often an Orange Police Officer and/or a Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 11.02.43 PMrepresentative from Habitat for Humanity.

The purpose of this event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport. The Orange Congregational group hopes to raise at least $2,000 from this event to put toward its $10,000 State Farm Matching Grant.

Each teen who participates is required to get friends and family members to sponsor them to stay out in the cold and raise a minimum of $35 each.

Residents are welcome and encouraged to drive by anytime during the Freeze Out, see the shanty town and make a donation if you’d like.

The sponsor sheets will be available by contacting Beth Rafferty at 203-430-2145 or [email protected]

Help Amity Middle School, Fundraiser Runs Through Sept. 26

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Sep 162014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 11.01.27 PMAmity Middle School Principal Kathi Fuller-Cutler released this fund-raising information today:

The first fundraising event of the year has begun. With the PTSO, we are selling KidStuff Coupon Savings Books. Homeroom teachers have passed out a Ziploc bag containing KidStuff books and directions, for each student to bring home. We are asking students to sell at least two books. The books sell for $25.00 and we make a 50% profit on each book.

If a student is enrolled in the band, strings or choir, the first book sold will go to the PTSO and the second book’s profit will go to the music department to be allocated towards the individual student’s cost of his or her spring trip.

This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year and we need your support.

The fundraiser will run from Sept. 15 to Sept. 26.

Aug 162014

baseballAmity Baseball (the 2013 and 2014 State Championship winners) will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday August 16 from 5 -9 p.m. at the Orange Ale House.  

Tickets are $25  per person purchased in advance, and $30 purchased at the door and includes 2 drinks per person (draft beer, house wine, or well drinks) and happy hour food (salad, pasta, pizza, & popcorn chicken).

There also will be a raffle.  If anyone has something they would like to donate as a raffle prize, contact Janice Farace ([email protected])

For advance purchase or donation, please make check payable to Amity Baseball and send to, Kathy Sabitsky, 40 Lambert Drive, Milford, CT  06460

Please mark check “donation” or “will attend.”

Originally Published on July 8, 2014 at 22:10

Amity’s Hannah Babbitz Captain of SWIM Across the Sound Team

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Jul 172014

Screen shot 2014-06-13 at 7.57.35 PMAmity junior, Hannah Babbitz, is captaining a team again this year to participate in SWIM Across the Sound.

This event is sponsored by St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation (in Bridgeport) to raise money for life saving cancer services for patients who would otherwise not be able to pay.

Hannah’s team consists of 6 teens (including her brother Zac Babbitz a freshman at Amity). With the help of the Amity community, last year they raised $10,000. This year they would like to meet or exceed that goal.10455555_813653848653649_718257248_n

For information contact team captain, Hannah Babbitz at [email protected].

To donate, go to: https://give.stvincents.org/sonocoswimmingteam2014 

Thank you again this year for your anticipated support.


Food Truck Festival Tonight Rain or Shine, High Plains will be open for dining

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May 232014

facebook_-1408513729Race Brook School comes up with some of the most innovative fundraising ideas and the monster Food Truck Festival, scheduled for Friday, May 23 from 4-9 p.m. is one of them. 

This event promises to be a family favorite even if it rains. The covered pavilion will be available for dining as well as the cafeteria in the High Plains Community Center. So come on out!

Ditch your fancy dining plans, gather up your friends and family and head on over to the Orange Fairgrounds.  Admission is free and 10% of all sales from each of the 15 participating vendors goes directly to Race Brook School.

Meet “CT Principal of the Year” Mike Gray, and enjoy this giant picnic experience with the ones you love. 

 • The Buzz Truck • Caseus • Cowabunga • Fire Dog • Food Extrovert • FourFlours Cookies • Fryborg • Lunch Box 23 • Maddy’s Food Truck • Meriano’s Cannoli Truck • New Haven Pizza Truck • Spuds Your Way • Sugar Bakery • Tampas • Vanchetta

Originally published on May 7 at 9:47 a.m. 

Updated May 14 at 5:47 p.m. 

Amity Link Crew Pancake Supper Fundraiser April 29

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Apr 272014

Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 6.21.22 PMThe Amity Link Crew will host a fundraiser at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Tuesday, April 29.

Admission is $10 and includes 2 buttermilk pancakes, 2 bacon or sausage, 2 eggs, coffee or tea.

Seatings are at 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

Link Crew is a group of trained volunteer students who take incoming freshmen under their wings as they transition into high school.

Originally Published on: Apr 6, 2014 @ 18:23

“Thank You For Your Support” — Orange Juniorettes

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Apr 232014

The Juniorettes, front to back: Emily, Caelin, Josie, Erika, Keira, Alli, Alexa and Lilli Back Row -Cheri and Karen

The Juniorettes, front to back: Emily, Caelin, Josie, Erika, Keira, Alli, Alexa and Lilli
Back Row -Cheri and Karen

The Orange Community Juniorettes held their first fundraiser last weekend, April 18-19 at Material Girls, 463 Boston Post Road.

The Juniorettes sold handmade Easter eggs, baskets, fresh cut flowers, and plants.
“We wish to thank Material Girls, The Home Depot, and Trader Joe’s for all of their support,” said Juniorette Advisor Holly Gregory. “And of course, a big thank you to all who came out to support us.”
All proceeds go directly to service projects within Orange.