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VIDEO: Community Ice Bucket Challenge At The Orange Country Fair

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Sep 222014
 

Park & Rec's Chris Small takes one or the team.

Park & Rec’s Chris Small takes one or the team.

In case you missed the Community Ice Bucket Challenge at the Orange Country Fair on Saturday, here is a VIDEO of (most of) the event that Mike Muttit videotaped for Orange Live while I took photos.

One by one, starting with Orange Volunteer Firefighters Cristin and Logan, people stepped up to have a bucket of ice water dumped on his or her head in front of the gazebo.

While this was going on, two young ladies walked around and collected money to be donated to Orange resident Mike Mizzone, the father of several children, who recently was diagnosed with ALS.

NOTE: Vin Marino, who spearheaded the fundraising effort said $1,278.92 was raised at the fair.  So Far, he’s taken in $4,100 in the past week since he began raising money, and an additional $1,500 has been pledged for the cause. 

“Thank you to everyone that participated,” Marino said. “If you would still like to send a donation, checks in any amount should be made payable to SOARING and mailed to 657 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.”

Cristen Lohrenz was the first to get the Ice water.

Cristen Lohrenz was the first to get the Ice water.

Yes, Chris and Maria Small ARE That Nice

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Dec 222013
 

Lincoln Lights, Orange CT

Lincoln Lights, Orange CT

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been able to drive up to the Small Family’s home on Lincoln Road, stop, enjoy the light show and leave at my leisure, but tonight I brought my granddaughter and had to wait in line for more than 1/2 hour!!

Maria approached my car carrying a basket and first thing that came to my mind is that she was collecting donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society – but I (and my granddaughter) was pleasantly surprised to hear her offer me some candy!

These local celebrities from the Great Christmas Light Fight show who seemed SO Nice actually ARE that nice!

Further up the road, near the house, I caught up with Chris Small who had been greeting “light see-ers” all night long was looking forward to the mild temperatures tonight and said they would be outside again to say hello to everyone who came by.

He said his neighbors have all been amazing since his Christmas light display went up and he hopes that visitors will continue to respect them.

A view from the back of the line after we got onto Lincoln Road.

A view from the back of the line after we got onto Lincoln Road.

Lincoln Road is one-way from Wilson and all drivers should stay to the right especially when coming around the curve in the road (one resident could not get into their driveway on Friday because of traffic on the left side of the street). Chris said everyone has been generous with the donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – which is where 100% of the donations are going this year. (In 2012 the donations were split up between two charities).

During the day he will be out looking for a “sweet” deal on candy canes to pass out to visitors – but if anyone with the means or connections would care to donate a ton of candy canes to the family to distribute, it would be greatly appreciated.  (Update: Thank you to The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Elves for their donation).

The Small’s episode of the Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC will be rebroadcast today at  4 p.m., according to Chris.

What Did Chris Small Have To Say About The Great Christmas Light Fight?

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Dec 162013
 

IMG_9422The Lincoln Road episode of the Great Christmas Light Fight has come and gone.

If you missed it, do you want to know how Chris and Maria Small fared?

After the broadcast, we got this …

“We did not win,” Small said. “It’s a little baffling because whenever they aired the commercials about tonight’s show, we were the main characters that you saw. It’s weird, maybe the footage that they had of us was the best … I don’t know.”

“In the end it’s based on the lights, not the family,” he said. “It stinks, but at least we got to be on national TV, and I was set up before the weather got too cold.”

Chris said the show, which was aired on ABC and shown in high definition was for his kids so when they are older, they can watch the video and look back at the time when they were famous.

Chris is hoping to get his hands on a directors cut of their experience because when all is said and done their portion of the one-hour show only airs for about 12.5 minutes.

Chris Small — Known For His Giant Stature, Giant Heart and Giant Light Display

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Dec 222012
 

Tess Osinski, Karen McCausland, Erika Wezenski, and Beth Rafferty from the Orange Congregational Church with Chris Small (the tall man).

The Orange Congregational Church’s Youth Group (PF) has teamed with Chris Small of 360 Lincoln Road in Orange to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County.

Small has created a light show synced to music that is available on radio upon arriving at the residence (98.1). His display includes 26,000 LED lights and 95 plastic blow molds, which serve their own individual purpose in every song.

Last year, the proceeds raised went to offsetting the cost of the show. However this year, Small is proud that he is donating all of the funds to charity.

Half the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity’s Youth United, which is composed of people, ages 8-25, including the members of the OCC Youth Group. The other half will go to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, which raises money for research to find a cure.

Regarding the donations being made Small said, “It’s a different kind of feeling. It’s definitely a better feeling… The cost isn’t an aspect of it.” He looks forward to handing over the check once the show has closed, and sees the light show as a way of giving back to the community.

The Orange Congregational Church Youth Group is working hard to raise funds to contribute to a $10,000 matching grant offered to Habitat of CFC by State Farm Insurance Company, donations will be match dollar for dollar.

“I think it’s great how Chris is doing this, especially in tough times where money is tight. He is giving money to people who he doesn’t know out of the goodness of his heart, and I respect that,” said Tess Osinski, a member of Youth United, “We hope we can get a great turnout in the next three weeks from not only Orange residents, but New Haven County as a whole.” Weather permitting the show will continue until the beginning of January.

For more information go to Lincoln Light’s Facebook page