Fundraiser To Benefit The Son Of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis

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Oct 142019

A file photo from a Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 15 years old now.

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town.

While at home with her only son, Michael, on Monday, Sept. 23, Annie wasn’t feeling well and she passed out. Michael called 911 and his mom passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

Michael has a job but cannot afford to stay in his childhood home. He’ll be moving out of state at the end of October.

Annie adored her son and always wanted what was best for him.

We, the friends of Annie Davis, are hosting this fundraiser at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Friday, Nov. 8 from 5-9 p.m.

We will have raffle baskets, a silent auction, and food.

Tickets are $20 when ordered HERE in advance or $25 at the door.

Please buy your discounted tickets in advance so we will have a good idea of how many guests to expect.

We hope to see many of the Santa’s Helper families that Annie loved so much so we can share stories about your experiences with the program over the years.

Sponsor A Gift Basket

Any Businesses or organizations that would like to sponsor a gift basket please call Terri at 203-506-1747 and someone will happily come and pick up your donation prior to Nov. 5.

Visit the Elf Mama Event Facebook page.

Memorial Bench

We also would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

You may mail monetary donations to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Santa’s Helper 2019: The Show Must Go On — Making Elf Mama Proud

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Oct 082019

If you hadn’t heard, sadly, our Elf Mama, Anne Davis, recently passed away.  Because of this huge loss, while we will still continue to hold Santa’s Helper, it will come with some changes this year.  We appreciate your understanding and look forward to our 25th year!

We have a new e-mail!  Moving forward, please make sure you are only using OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com, as we will not see anything sent to the old one.  This also means we don’t know what has already been sent or received through Anne, so we are starting from square one this year.

Please be advised, Santa’s Helper 2019 has a NEW DATE!!! Saturday, December 14, 2019, Santa will arrive between 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.

Our Santa Teams at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary are busy getting ready for our 25th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to dozens of families in Orange.

Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting and memorable fund-raising event with all of the proceeds going to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for purchasing life-saving equipment.

Each year, our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams are excited to visit and deliver gifts, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family.  Children and adults alike look forward with excited anticipation to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!



Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road. We ask that you arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time. You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.


There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift. 

Santa has a lot of gifts to deliver, so please, no gifts too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that. We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. Please contact us for special directions if you have a large party or a large number of gifts.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station. Firefighters will be there to assist you. The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

*E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

We hope to make our Elf Mama proud this year, and most importantly, the show will go on.

Sincerely, the OVFD Auxiliary

Fire Auxiliary Offers Mohegan Bus Trip Fundraiser

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May 232017

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting a Bus Trip to Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, July 8.

Up front cost is $40 per person but after all the perks, ($25.00 back – $10.00 game voucher & $15.00 food voucher) it doesn’t cost you a thing (do the math), but the Volunteer Fire Department benefits from the proceeds.

Bus leaves High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road parking lot at 4 p.m. and departs from Mohegan Sun at 10 p.m.

For more information, call/text Karen at 203-395-2581 or e-mail Vickie at equus1095@hotmail.com

NOTE: The last day to purchase a seat is Friday, June 23.

Come join the fun while helping the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Orange Fire Chief Speechless After Presentation

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Mar 172017

OVFD Auxiliary President Jillian Gagel presents Chief John Knight with a huge donation.

On Thursday evening the Orange Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual meeting at Racebrook Country Club.

Traditionally, the yearly event is when new officers are sworn in, service awards are presented, the Firefighter of the Year is revealed and the Women’s Auxiliary presents the chief with a check.

The Auxiliary raises money for fire equipment in a number of ways throughout the year: selling baked goods, cook books, pies at the Country Fair, hosting the pancake breakfast, pancake dinner and of course, Santa’s Helper.

Auxiliary President Jillian Gagel said thanks to the public’s help, the auxiliary had a very good year. “We’re happy to present you with this check for $13,000 to go toward the purchase of an infrared camera.”

Everyone in the room gasped at her announcement (last year the donation totaled $9,000) and OVFD Chief John Knight was so stunned that he was speechless. Although, once the amount of the donation sunk in, he was able to beautifully express his gratitude.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department depends upon the public’s support in order to provide the community with their excellent service 24/7. Orange residents should keep this in mind when they see an Auxiliary fundraiser announced or when it comes time to purchase raffle tickets for the OVFD Carnival.