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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

Feb 202015
 

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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.

Orange Little League Fundraiser/Registration Thursday Night

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Jan 292015
 

Little League LogoA Message From Orange Little League:

It’s that time of year…baseball registration! Come join us for OLL’s first fundraiser of the season at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Thursday Jan. 29 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Admission is$20/person to benefit Orange Little League, and includes food (pasta, salad, chicken tenders, pizza), 2 cocktails of your choice, with silent auction, 50/50, and door prizes.

Come support OLL and complete the registration for your kids for the upcoming season.

Register at www.OrangeCTLittleLeague.com and come on down We can take payments for pre-registered players or help with any registration issues. Have questions? We will get you the answers!

Don’t forget early bird registration ends on January 31st. Come down and find out more about the upcoming season!

For more information email Pete – [email protected]

Fundraiser For The Ronnie Vece Memorial Scholarship Fund on Nov. 22

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Nov 212014
 

FB sky Ronnie nwThe Vece Family is getting together in honor of their angel Ronnie and to help raise money for the annual Ronnie Vece Scholarship Fund, at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 4-10 p.m.

The family will be raising college scholarship money for the best senior defensive lineman on the Amity High School football team.

“Ronnie was an amazing person and an awesome athlete who made such a huge impact on everyone he met,” said his mother, Claudia Wolf. “We will never forget him so let’s celebrate his memory with family and friends, food, live music, prizes, raffles and a good time.”

Everyone is welcome. $20 will be charged at the door and $10 for people under 18. There will be food and the first beer on the house for “legal aged” guests.

T-shirts will be available again if you didn’t get one last year.

About Ronnie

A former Amity Football player, 2006 Amity Grad, Ronnie Vece, 24, was killed in a motorcycle collision in West Haven on July 13, 2013.

He was a 2006 Amity High School graduate and a star football player; he attended Milford Academy Prep School of South Berlin, NY and Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts where he played football and his team was Division Champions for three years and he later attended SCSU.

Ronnie enjoyed playing his guitar, boating, hunting and fishing; he was truly an outdoor action figure, according to his family.

Originally Published on: Nov 17, 2014 @ 11:27

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Light The Night Fundraiser On Oct. 9

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Sep 282014
 

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 8.36.54 PMJoin the Iassogna family and members of Team Possible at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, for the Light the Night Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5-8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (includes buffet).

The event will feature a silent auction and raffle.

The Orange Ale House is donating all the food. Raffle prizes are donated by local residents and businesses.

100% of the proceeds go to Team Possible Light the Night and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For more information or to purchase tickets call Karen or Mike Iassogna at 203-799-6633.