May 052015

Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry, with Endless Spirit Award winner Marianne Miller.

Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry, with Endless Spirit Award winner Marianne Miller.

Orange resident, Marianne Miller was shocked and surprised at Tuesday afternoon’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at Cellini Design Jewelers, 464 Boston Post Road, when she was named the winner of the Endless Spirit Award, presented by Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry.

The Endless Spirit Award is presented to one woman in the Orange community who deserves to be recognized, but is often left out of the spotlight.

Miller was nominated by several people on Cellini’s Facebook page and won the title. She received a certificate and gifts including a very special Endless Jewelry bracelet handpicked by Nielsen himself.

The bracelet is a purple cord — coincidentally, her favorite color — decorated with a beautiful diamond encrusted bangle, which is one of only 300 in the world, and not available for sale anywhere. Miller was still breathless 90 minutes after the presentation. “I can’t believe this,” she told Orange Live. “I’m on cloud nine.”

Guests at the jewelry store were treated to a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites and margaritas.

Women browsed the vast selection of spring fashion jewelry, including the new JLo line of Endless Jewelry, and obviously liked what they saw. The bracelets were selling very well until closing time.


Cellini Design Jewelry used the occasion as a fundraiser for the Orange Lions Club Charities. They sold tickets for $5 each for a chance to win one of five Endless bracelets (valued at $100 each). All money from ticket sales and 5% of all sales on Tuesday will be donated to the Lions.

Instead of drawing the winning tickets on Cinco de Mayo, Cellini’s is giving everyone a chance to get in on the raffle — a great Mother’s Day gift — by extending the ticket sales until Friday at 5:55 p.m. the drawing will take place at 6 p.m. and the winners will be listed on Cellini’s Facebook page.

Apr 042015

IMG_8106As any Orange resident knows, the Orange Lions club has been hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt for local children for several decades.

Although the early morning (5:30 a.m.) saw some rain showers, Event Chairman Nick Bencivengo and a couple of other Lions walked the fairgrounds a few hours later and decided to have the hunt outdoors instead of in the High Plains Gym because the ground was dry enough to give the kids ample traction when they ran out to search for chocolate treats.

Folks started arriving well before the first egg was tossed on the grass and waited in line to meet the Easter Bunny.

Employees from Home Depot offered a craft table and there also was free face painting.

Parents of the littlest participants showed wonderful restraint as they guided their little ones around the search area, but didn’t help pick any up. Great Job Parents!

The Lions served up coffee and popcorn under the pavilion and children who were lucky enough to find an egg with a star on it were able to cash them in for a prize.

One little girl named Angelina approached me after she was done with her hunt and offered me a couple of chocolate eggs.
“I have plenty,” she told me.

This is just one of the ways the Orange Lions serve the community. The event is free and everyone goes home happy.



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.

Mar 092015

Orange CT Lions Club

Orange CT Lions Club

The Orange Lions Club awarded 13 community grants Monday night totaling $5,750.

From all the applications received, the Lions tried to choose organizations that support the LIONS mission.

Lion Mike Muttit was the event chairman.

Quickly, here is the list of grant recipients:

1.   Orange Fire Marshal Office                                      $200
2.   Holy Infant Church   Memo Midnight Run          $250
3.   Orange Conservation Commission                         $400
4.   West Haven Veteran’s Museum                              $250
5.   Orange Community Juniorettes                              $200
6.   Orange Elementary School Olympic Festival      $400
7.   Orange Historical Society                                        $500
8.  Necessities Inc. (Orange Satellite Group)             $1,000
9.  Ct. Reg. Group of Blinded Veterans Association  $100
10.  Community Soup Kitchen                                       $250
11.  Camp Cedarcrest                                                        $400
12.  Orange Community Services                                  $800
13.  Case Memorial Library                                            $1,000

Total                                                                                  $5,750

Mar 082015

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 2.17.54 PMThe Orange Lions’ Club will host its annual Valentine’s Pizza Party at the Orange Senior Center Monday, March 9, 1:30 to 3 p.m. (Was originally scheduled for Feb. 9)

Call the Senior Center office at 203-891-4784 to reserve your seat.


Original Published on Feb. 8, 2015 at 8:37 p.m. 

Second Publishing on March 3, 2015 at 5:20 p.m.



Jan 172015

IMG_9350On Saturday night, the Orange Lions Club hosted its “Get Uncorked Wine Tasting” fundraiser at St. Barbara Church Hall.

About 150 guests (20 more than last year) sipped wine, beer and hard cider and enjoyed a variety of flavors of pizza and desserts.

As promised the Lions had 25 beautiful assorted gift baskets in a “Chinese Auction” and several wonderful prizes in a silent auction along with a grand prize and several door prizes.

Folks mingled with old friends, met new friends and simply had a lovely time.

Well done, Orange Lions.







Jan 162015

The vendors are knowledgable and helpful.

The vendors are knowledgable and helpful.

The Lions Club hosts a couple of fabulous fundraisers each year to help provide for their charitable giving.

This Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, they will host their first fundraising event of the new year with the “Get Uncorked! Wine Tasting Event”

As in the past, this popular occasion offers a wide variety of fine wines, boutique beers, specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a raffle and silent auction with wonderful prizes. This year’s grand prize is two tickets to the Newport Food and Wine Festival at the Marble House, in September.

Get Uncorked will take place at St. Barbara’s Greek Hall, 480 Racebrook Road from 7 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $35 per person, and are available at www.orangeCTLIONS.org, Racebrook Wine and Liquor or by calling Lions Marianne Miller at 203-795-3906 or Maria Sandilo at 203-641-8003.

Tickets also will be available at the door, so come in from the frigid cold and enjoy a night out for a great organization.

The Orange Lions Club does so much for the community. From the Easter Egg Hunt that they host for hundreds of children each spring to the Thanksgiving Dinner they serve in the fall, and the grant money they give to worthy organizations and projects each year. The motto of this charitable organization is “We Serve.”

Dec 012014

The Orange Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success.

The Orange Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success.

On Sunday the Orange Lions Club hosted its 26th annual Thanksgiving Feast welcoming the town’s seniors and others who may not have family with whom to share the holiday.

The High Plains Community Center gym was full, with a record crowd of about 150 guests this year (that’s 20-30 more than in past years for whatever reason).  The Lions were ready for them with 16 beautiful roasted turkeys (perfectly moist and tender); trays of sweet potatoes and stuffing; dozens of festive cookies and cupcakes from Julia’s Bakery; dozens of pies and lots of love.

The entertainment they lined up for the event ran non-stop throughout the meal. First, a talented young pianist, then the Orange Senior Choir, followed by a guitarist.

The Lions and the community volunteers were happy to provide everyone with a lovely, relaxing afternoon with a nutritious meal and entertainment.

They will be back again in 2015 for the 27th annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

Nov 302014

b9865a6ba1da777beab20c9d27f6aab6The Orange Lions Thanksgiving Dinner will take place at High Plains Community Center at 12 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

The Orange Lions Club began the tradition of a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors.

The Lions extended this invitation to all Orange Residents on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1989.  It met with some resistance in the beginning but the Club prevailed and this will be their 26th dinner.

The town of Orange graciously allows the Lions to use their kitchen facilities at High Plains Community Center.  To see the gym transformed into a decorated dining room with many of their guests enjoying themselves is a sight to behold.  This has become one of the highlights of the holiday season. While it requires volunteers and a good amount of effort, the Lions truly enjoy cooking together and serving this meal.  It is one of their favorite undertakings.

Many town officials volunteer along with n the Lions to make this event a success. Along with a delicious dinner the seniors are treated to some of the finest entertainment.   The Tappers have performed in the past, local school choral groups have sung, Members of the Lions Club along with their children have played beautiful music on the piano to entertain their guests.

This is a well established tradition and one the Lions intend to continue indefinitely.

In order to have enough food for everyone, the Lions asked that anyone wanting to attend  register with Orange Community Services by Friday, Nov. 28. If you don’t make it this year, don’t worry, the Lions will be back with the 27th annual dinner next November.

Originally Published on: Nov 24, 2014 @ 18:17

Second Publishing on: Nov 27, 2014 @ 19:40

Oct 212014

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 11.05.47 AMThe Lions Club of Orange will host an inaugural Comedy Night, “COME ROAR WITH US” on Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Hall at 480 Racebrook Road. 

Headlining the show is Billy Winn, former morning DJ on WPLR.

The evening includes full buffet dinner, cash bar and the show. The cost per person is $30 or $55 per couple. VIP seating also is available for an additional charge. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m.

For tickets or more information call Ron at 203-996-0989. Tickets also are available from any Orange Lions Club member.

Originally Published on: Oct 4, 2014 @ 11:07

Second posting on: Oct 10, 2014 @ 10:47

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