Memorial Bench For Annie Davis Update: New Location

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Feb 202020

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. She also was a founding member of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Monday, Sept. 23, Annie passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

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

UPDATE: After some discussion at this week’s CERT meeting, a vote was taken and the majority decided that a better place for the bench would be in front of Fire Station #2 on the Boston Post Road where Annie worked for many years, and which served as Santa’s Helper Headquarters since day one. 

According to CERT spokesman Ken Lyke, the fire department personnel has agreed to placing the bench there, and so it will be.

We are still a little short on our goal, but we are confident that the bench will be in place this spring, possibly as soon as April. 

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

The Friends of Annie Davis’s Memorial Bench collection is being done in cooperation with the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and we still need to raise $400. This could have been accomplished, for example, by soliciting $10 from just 40 families in Orange. 

We are working on different ways to get the money so that we can dedicate the bench by spring as a continual reminder to the townspeople about just how wonderful and dedicated Annie was to this town.

Anyone who’d like to help us with the funding, please send a check made out to “Friends of Annie Davis” to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460. Any denomination would be greatly appreciated.

We have a Friends of Annie Davis Bank Account at Bank of America where all monies collected for the bench are being deposited.

Thank You, if you already have made a donation!

Thank You For Remembering Annie Davis With Us

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Nov 142019

The “Friends of Annie Davis” (Lisa Hartshorn, Ken Lyke, Sue Smith, Marissa Russo, and Terri Miles) thank everyone who came out to Friday night’s fundraiser in honor of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

We’d like to thank all of the local businesses and town offices, and individuals that contributed with generous gift baskets, gift certificates and other items that we gave away as raffle prizes:

Trader Joe’s, First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Chowder Pot, Eli’s, VideoLab, Chip’s Restaurant, Knight’s, Beachside Nutrition, Orange CERT, Cherilyn Miles, Amelie Choiniere, Zoey Girl, The Russo Family, Yia Yia & Amelie, Toni Sowitcky, Subway Corporate Headquarters, 221 Post Salon, Coromandel, Georgina’s Hair Studio, Two Guys, OVFD Auxiliary, Cork and Barrel of Hamden. Mr. Kold Kuts, Ken.

We also want to acknowledge the following people who made monetary donations: Orange Police Department, Orange Fire Marshal’s Office, and Orange Community Services Department.

In addition, thank you to the Orange Ale House for providing us with a wonderful buffet and a large, clean venue for this event. Your staff is the best.

Also, Cherilyn, Toni, Marie and, of course, Mary and Amelie for your tireless help all evening. We couldn’t have done it so seamlessly without you. Special thanks to Nick Bencivengo for your help.