Orange 8th Grader Is Christmas Angel for Children at St. Jude’s

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Jan 292015

Lauren Richetelli

Lauren Richetelli

Lauren Richetelli, 13 of Orange made this past holiday season a little brighter for kids suffering with cancer and other diseases by organizing a toy drive to benefit children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Amity Middle School 8th grader saw a commercial asking for donations for St. Jude’s in November. She went to work immediately, enlisted the help of a couple friends, by creating a flyer requesting toys or monetary donations and received permission from the school to distribute the flyer to all 600 middle school kids and also place a box for toy donations in the school’s office.

Lauren then appealed to family and friends by mailing the flyer to over 50 families. The response from the community was incredible! She received donations totaling $685, which she used to purchase 92 items, including toys, books and gift cards for kids of all ages. She collected donations of 64 toys from the collection box at Amity.

Lauren was able to send 5 large boxes, totaling 156 items to St. Jude’s in December, making for a tremendously successful project. She hopes to grow the toy drive for next holiday season.

Get Uncorked Wine Tasting: Buy Your Tickets Now!

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Jan 052014

IMG_9350The 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.”

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

On 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.

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.