Jam 4 Jimi’s Friends: Helping Special Needs Kids for 10 years

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Feb 012016



Jam 4 Jimi’s Friends is a charity to help children with special needs and their families.

Ten years ago, when the charity began, it helped one young boy, Jimi, it now assists more than 16 kids.
Every year the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road hosts an 8-hour fundraiser with 10 bands plus so much more!
This year’s Jam 4 Jimi’s Friends will take place on Sunday, March 6 from noon to 8 p.m. It is kid-friendly until 3 p.m. with a special room outside the bar area with kids activities.
Admission is a suggested $20 donation, (kids 12 and under admitted free) includes food, raffles, Karaoke with Tom, DJ Dave and crew and live music all day.
Organizer Kristin Wright said, “Yes, it has been 10 years of helping local children with special needs! We are truly blessed!”

Annual Ronnie Vece Football Scholarship Fundraiser Today

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Nov 282015

12138603_10153738482774124_221840048133848327_oThe Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange is teaming up with the Ronnie Vece Football Scholarship Fund for its third annual fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 4-10 p.m.

The Ronnie Vece Football Scholarship Fundraiser has become a fun and wonderful reunion of all his friends and family, who get together to raise college scholarship money for a senior on the Amity High School football team in Ronnie’s memory.
Ronnie’s sister, Coco Vece said, “Ronnie was an amazing person and an awesome athlete who made a huge impact on everyone he met. We will never forget him, so let’s celebrate his life with family and friends, food, live music, prizes, raffles and a really good time.”
$20 will be charged at the door and $10 for people under 18 or students. Also, legal adults, your first beer is free! T-shirts will be available again if you didn’t get yours last year.
Everyone is welcome, be sure to spread the word. Hope to see you all there!
Come down to the Orange Ale House , 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, Ct., November 28, 4-10 and show your support.

Women Learn A New Skill, Orange Community Women Benefit

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Nov 112015

DSC06405On Tuesday evening, the Orange Community Women hosted a fundraiser at the Orange Ale House that brought 19 everyday women together to learn how to paint a pre-determined landscape on canvas.

With the rear room reserved and canvases, paints, brushes and aprons provided, the participants first enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and bought a glass of wine or other beverage to sip on during the event.

The instructor, Christine from paintsocialart.com introduced everyone to their paint brushes and gave a quick explanation or the method they’d be using, and how to blend the different acrylics to make the perfect shade for each component of the landscape.

Some of the women took to the project with confidence and enthusiasm, a few others weren’t so sure of what they were doing or how “good” it was.

Christine reminded them that “This is fun art, not fine art” and there is no right or wrong, and that each painting would be different.

Before long, event the most insecure artist was embracing their creations’ imperfections and perfecting on the better aspects. A couple threw caution to the wind and added her own flair, one added a black bird to a tree branch, another placed a small flower in the grass on the bottom.

After two hours 19 women were adding the finishing touches to their masterpieces, then posed for a group photo while patrons applauded their efforts. More important, the Orange Community Women brought home a nice “donation” to use for their community service projects.

These painting events are becoming more popular every day. If you have a corporate event, office party or fundraiser coming up, consider having a painting party. Visit www.PaintSocialArt.com or e-mail [email protected].

Friends of Zeoli Host Ladies Night Art Event on Oct. 14

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Sep 282015

Moonlight-TreeThe Friends of Zeoli will host an exciting event where you can unleash your creativity. Art Plus Studio is coming to Orange for one night only, Wednesday, Oct. 14.

One of their resident artists will show you step by step how to turn your blank canvas into a masterpiece. No experience required. All supplies are included: canvas (which you take home), paints, brushes, easels and aprons. The paint theme will be “Moonlit Tree.”

The event will take place at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, from 7 to 9 p.m.  The cost is $45 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance using a credit card through their website or by phone. Call 203-500-7353 or click HERE.

All reservations must be made by Monday, Oct. 12. “Ladies night” drink prices along with cheese, crackers and fruit will be available. There is a 40 person limit for this event, so get your reservation in early.

Bring a friend or two and come on down and have some fun.

— Press Release from the Orange Republicans

Hot Moms Play Ball, Raise 1K for Charity

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Aug 132015

The Orange Hot Moms Softball game was more fun than a barrel of monkeys, with children hanging from the chain link fence like primates so they could get a better view of their mothers out on Stankye Softball Field at Old Tavern Park, Thursday night.

The game spearheaded by co-organizers Deb Marino and Kara DelVecchio was played to raise money to support the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

The Uniform T-shirts, White for the Turkey Hill Moms and Pink for the Peck Place/Race Brook Moms were donated by Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Orange Ale House, where the teams celebrated afterward.

While the Moms played ball — which was often comedic after watching title winning teams play during the school year— their children and husbands, Members of the Orange Little League District 4 State Championship team and Orange Juniorettes worked just as hard collecting donations and manning the concession stand.

This was a light hearted, well attended, fun community gathering. The Peck Place/Race Brook Moms won 16-14 over Turkey Hill. But more important the final tally for the charity was $1,000, possibly more.

Great Job Ladies! You all run and throw like girls and you were delightful to watch!

Orange Softball Moms Play Ball For Charity

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Aug 122015

moms softballThe entire community is encouraged to come out to Stankye  Field at Old Tavern Park on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. as two teams of Orange Softball moms play a charity game of softball to raise money to support the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

After years of watching their kids play, Co-Organizers, Deb Marino and Kara DelVecchio got some people together and formed Orange Hot Moms Softball.

After a little brainstorming among the players, the event grew from a fun game of ball to a charitable mission to fight breast cancer, raise money and donate it to Bridgeport Hospital.

Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Orange Ale House supports many charitable efforts and offered to sponsor t-shirts in two different shades of pink that will be worn during the game. The teams are planning to go to Orange Ale House for a post-game celebration and they hope the community will join them there too.

Marino and DelVecchio each will be coaching a team.

moms softball“Even though we’re all in this together, we split teams and each player donated $20,” said DelVecchio “Breast cancer is so near and dear to our hearts, with it affecting so many moms in our community and that’s what brings us together.”

Admission to the game is free, but organizers are hoping to raise money when they ‘Pass the Bra’ for donations.

In addition, the Orange Community Juniorettes will be hosting a bake sale and snacks will be available for purchase.

To make a donation, contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Originally Published on: Aug 7, 2015 @ 00:05

Fundraiser Planned For Amity Football Program

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Apr 162015

A file photo of the 2013 Amity Spartans.

A file photo of the 2013 Amity Spartans.

A fundraiser to benefit the Amity High School Football Program will take place at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, on Saturday, April 18 beginning at 6 p.m.

Ticket cost is $25 and includes a buffet style meal and drink ticket.

Raffle prizes will be awarded to lucky participants.

All proceeds go to the Spartans Football program.

In 2015, the Amity Football Team will be under the leadership of new head coach, 29-year-old Amity Grad Ted Czepiga of Bethany.

Originally Published on: Apr 12, 2015 @ 20:23

Opinion: Nick Newell — Not That Skinny Kid I Used To Know Anymore

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Mar 152015

11001921_884332259466_2943587027064254480_nIn my life, I’ve met many people. Some, I can’t remember anything about, or even their names. Others leave such a big impression that I just can’t forget them.

One of those memorable people is Nick Newell, a skinny little boy who was in my son’s class in grammar school.

Nick was a member of my cub scout pack and den. He and my son both went to the same Karate school.

The one thing that was different about Nick was his left arm. Nick was born with a partial arm that ended just below the elbow with what would have been fingers at the end of the stub.

But don’t call him disabled.

Nick was never coddled or pitied.  His mom, Stacey, a single parent, was a rock, quite possibly the strongest woman I’ve ever known.

Stacey’s approach to parenting was to give her son all the love she could and to instill in him confidence and sense of self and to never give up. She and her parents were instrumental in making him the man he is today.

As a Cub Master I would suggest altering some of the activities he needed to earn badges, but she refused, stating that he would find a way … and he always did.

Nick was a wrestler in high school and college and went on to become the “Notorious” Nick Newell a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter. Four years ago he was signed to the Xtreme Fighting Championships, and in 2013 he was signed to the World Series of Fighting.

I haven’t seen Nick or Stacey in more than 20 years, but I am so proud of them for their accomplishments.

Nick will be at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road this afternoon, Sunday, March 15 from 4-7 p.m. for a meet and greet party. Fans may pick up tickets to his April 10th fight at Foxwoods Resort Casino for MMA World Series of Fighting.

Tickets are $40, $80, $100 & $180 gets you cage side.

He also will have shirts & hats for sale.

The Orange Ale House is taking reservations for a coach bus to go see Nick fight at Foxwoods. Bus fare, Driver Gratuity, a $15 gaming Voucher and a Buffet voucher is included. ALL for just $25. First paid first served. Full buses only.


Meatball Challenge Fundraiser To Benefit Local Charity on March 14

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Mar 132015

1513779_10203893109429248_1010114093005472524_nOn Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m., Jim Hassenmayer and Angela McNabola will host a Meatball Cook Off and Wine Tasting at the Orange Ale House, 617 Boston Post Road.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit the local charity  SOaRINg  (Saving Orange Residents In Need).

The evening promises to be a lot of fun: Local favorite Jimmy Pino Jr. and friends will provide music and Pino will be the master of ceremonies.

Gallo Wines/Connecticut Distributors will sponsor the wine tasting portion of the event.

There will be raffle prizes, silent auction items and the Meatball Challenge.

Everyone who makes the “best” meatballs around will compete for the audience vote and coveted title of Top Meatball Maker.

Admission is $20 per person and includes meatball, ziti, salad and bread — and the right to vote for the winner.

If you are one of those amazing meatball makers, or would like to contribute something to the raffle or silent auction, contact Angela at [email protected]

About the Charity

The ultimate goal of SOaRINg is to reach out and help any Orange resident that is justifiably in need.

One hundred percent of the proceeds collected by SOaRINg will be distributed to residents in need directly to residents through the Board of Directors. For more information about SOaRINg, to become involved or to make a donation, contact Debra Marino at [email protected] or at 203-298-0611.

Anyone interested in making a donation should send a check payable to Saving Orange Residents in Need and mail it to 657 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.

Originally Published on: Mar 4, 2015 @ 21:45

Fundraiser For House Fire Victim Friday Night Until 9 p.m.

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Mar 062015

Josh and Harley in happier days.

Josh and Harley in happier days.

On February 18, Josh Warner lost all of his possessions but most importantly his best friend and amazing dog Harley in a house fire.

Harley was Josh’s world, he loved that dog more than anything.

Not only is Josh an incredible and loving person but he is also an amazingly hardworking man.

Those of you who know him can agree that there isn’t one thing josh owned that he didn’t work that extra mile to get.

With no insurance, this benefit will raise money to put him back on his feet and get back everything he lost (except, of course Harley – he was irreplaceable)

His friends are hosting a fundraiser at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Friday, March 6 from 5-9 p.m.

A $20 donation goes directly to Josh, food will be included.

Originally Published March 02, 2015 @ 15:38