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Fundraiser Today To Help Family Of Recently Deceased Young Father

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Apr 122017
 

Two Orange business owners are joining forces for a fundraiser in honor of DJ Catania, the father of two who died last week. 

Today would have been his 30th birthday and his friend, Kristina Kaoud, owner of Material Girls has organized an event at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, along with owner Jim Hassenmayer, in DJ’s memory.

The fundraiser runs from 4 p.m. until close tonight (Wednesday, April 12). Tickets are $25 at the door, and include beer and pizza, raffles and live music. 

Raffle tickets will be sold separately, and prizes, including an original painting, gift certificates and more will be drawn at 9 p.m.

Businesses and individuals still have time to donate raffle prizes. Just e-mail Marydaoutis@gmail.com or KKaoud@gmail.com or bring the item with you to the event. 

Proceeds will help the Catania family during this difficult time. 

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation, checks may be made out to Dean J. Catania, Sr., PO Box 747, Orange, CT 06477. 

In addition, anyone who shops at Material Girls through Saturday and mentions D.J., Kaoud will also donate 10% of the sale to the fund.

Happy Anniversary Material Girls Boutique — Celebration Sale thru Monday

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Jan 162014
 

Material Girls Boutique 463 Boston Post Road

Material Girls Boutique 463 Boston Post Road

It’s been three years since Kristina Kaoud, a busy wife and mother took a leap of faith and opened her own boutique in Orange with the belief that, “if you build it, they will come.”

Material Girls Boutique opened its doors on Black Friday in a small space at the side of Kristina’s husband’s store Kaoud Oriental Rugs at  463 Boston Post Road, next to Pet Supplies Plus.

She carried some pretty costume jewelry, scarves, handbags, and some children’s items, and as the word spread about her shop, she expanded the store space and began bringing in more items that customers were requesting, among them, high end jewelry.

At Material Girls, you will see the same friendly faces all the time. Kristina and her staff (of 2) are knowledgable and more than happy to help you find the perfect items to accessorize an outfit or to give as a gift. Men especially appreciate the extra help.

The store has recently expanded again, counters have been moved about making it easy to navigate around so you don’t miss anything.

One of Kristina’s passion is helping charities, she hosts “Girls Nights” with wine and/or coffee, depending on the crowd and offers discounts. For several years, she and her husband Jim, at Kaoud Rug, have been collecting toys for the Yale-New Haven Children’s Toy Closet. This year, they were pleased with the amount of toys that they were able to bring in, but Kristina really wants to collect more because she truly cares about the children who will receive them.

“I’m extending the toy drive to Jan. 27 and hope that people will bring in all the new, unwrapped toys they can,” she said. “Sometimes children get duplicate gifts at Christmas and parents don’t know what to do with the second one. This is a great opportunity to brighten a child’s day as they stay in, or visit the hospital for an illness.”

Material Girls is having a 3rd Anniversary Sale this weekend beginning Thursday.

“We’ll have drinks, sale prices, raffles and fun,” she said. “People can get a jump on their Valentine’s Day shopping, too.”

Come out to Material Girls and wish Kristina a Very Happy Anniversary.

Anniversary Hours are Thursday, Jan. 16 6-10 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17, Saturday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 20 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 19 12 – 5 p.m.

 

Material Girls Continues Tradition of Collecting Toys For Yale Toy Closet

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Dec 022013
 

Kristina Kaoud, Ann Nyberg and RJ Kaoud at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.

Kristina Kaoud, Ann Nyberg and RJ Kaoud at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Material Girls, 463 Boston Post Road, is collecting toys for the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Toy Closet, a tradition owner Kristina Kaoud started several years ago with her children.

The Toy Closet program was founded by News 8 anchor Ann Nyberg 20 years ago, in 1993. The purpose is to provide pediatric patients at the hospital (including those receiving outpatient services) with a new toy.

Kaoud family learned about the closet while visiting a friend’s child at the hospital. Their children were so moved by the idea that they asked their parents if they could do something to help.

Kristina has been collecting toys at Material Girls, and Jim has done the same at Kaoud Oriental Rugs for several years. In return, each business offers a discount on purchases with the donations.

You may drop off your donation (No plush please — hospital rules) during the regular business hours or during special events.

Material Girls is running promotions including discounts on purchases, or gifts for the next few weeks.  Get a start to your holiday shopping, while supporting a great charity.

Suggested Donations (from the Toy Closet Brochure)

All toys/gifts should be new, unwrapped and sized so the closets can accommodate them. Plush toys are not accepted due to hospital infection control standards.

Infants/Toddlers

(Ages Newborn – 3)

Infant Toys, baby rattles, new books, building blocks, sorting toys, musical toys, soft balls, soft toys.

Children

(Ages 4-12)

Building toys, craft kits, cars, trucks, new books, videos, coloring books, crayons, games, dolls, art supplies, sports equipment.

Teens

Journals, handheld games, art and craft kits, jewelry, cosmetics, sports equipment, games, school supplies, new books, calculators, models, building toys, flash drives, CD players.