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Are You A Raffle Prize Winner? Find Out Now!

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Aug 022020
 

Carnival Chairman Donny Foyer welcomes everyone to the shortest carnival ever.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department did not have it’s 95th Annual Carnival this year due to the Coronavirus, but the Raffle did go on as planned.

Carnival Chairman Donny Foyer said that this year people were very generous and the raffle tickets sold very well, which will help make up for some of the $120,000 that an actual carnival can bring in to the department for its needs.

Along with the raffle ticket sales, the Orange Finance Department also arranged for two additional fundraising events that would bring in money to its $50,000 Fire Truck Challenge that would assist in the purchase of a new fire truck.

Jim Hassenmayer, the owner of the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, donated 200 $30 gift certificates to his establishment that the firefighters sold for $25 each at the restaurant on Friday, July 24th. The fire department kept the entire$25 for each one sold. Even though the restaurant has suffered since March with all of the restrictions from the COVID-19 crisis, Hassenmayer did not hesitate to give this gift to the OVFD, valued at $6,000.

A second $50K Challenge Fundraiser took place at Golf Lounge 18 with a closest to the pin contest the following Sunday.

2020 RAFFLE WINNERS

The Raffle Ticket drawing took place at the Orange Fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt, once again read off the winning numbers and recipients’ names.

#1 –  $10,000 Visa Gift Card                     075872. Duran Villaverde, West Haven

#2 –  $5,000  Visa Gift Card                     085833. Laura Tafuto, Hamden

#3 –  $3,000  Visa Gift Card.                    024682. Ann Friend, Orange

#4 –  $2,500 Gift Cert Anytime Fitness   026117   Linda Geane, Orange

#5 –  $1,200 Gift Cert Diamond Designs 036566 John Coppola, Orange

#6.-  Apple I-Pad from Best Buy.              045461  Dan May, Orange

#7. –  $400 Gift Card Shop Rite.               087455. Victoria Wilde, Orange

#8 –   $300 Gift Card Trader Joes.           030566 Kathleen Chapman, Orange

#9.-   $250 Gift Certificate Knight’s Inc.  043391 Kathleen Taylor, Orange

#10 – $200 Gift Card Kohl’s                       101814. James Kohl, Orange

#11 – $200 Gift Card to Outback               102770. John Kuchar, Orange

 

Congratulations to all of the winners! And We Hope to see everyone at the Carnival in 2021.

NOTE: The Finance Department has decided to continue the $50,000 Challenge until the end of September so there’s still time to contribute AND you still have an opportunity to purchase any of the remaining $30 Ale House Gift Certificates for a $25 donation to the OVFD. 

Orange Ale House Hosts OVFD Fire Truck $50K Challenge Fundraiser

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Jul 242020
 

On Friday, July 24, the Orange Ale House will host a fundraiser to assist the Orange Board of Finance in the Fire Truck $50K Challenge that it’s sponsoring to assist the Orange Volunteer Fire Association during this very difficult Pandemic year.

NOTE: This isn’t a big gathering type fundraiser. Just come in and see the firefighters about donating to the cause and receive your gift certificate. See “more help” below.

Back on June 4, Orange Live posted a story about the $50K Challenge.

The Fire Department decided back in May to cancel its biggest fundraiser of the year — the Firemen’s Carnival — due to the coronavirus concerns and all of the uncertainty about how to keep the firefighters and the public safe, including how do you achieve proper social distancing at a bustling carnival that is often overrun with teens and children.

HERE is a YouTube video of Finance vice-chair Jim Leahy talking about the program. For more information on the department’s need for money, watch this longer VIDEO as well.

More Help

Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Orange Ale House is known far and wide for his support of charitable events. This week he met with Leahy and agreed to an incredibly generous deal to bring in more money for the $50K Challenge.

From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 24, Orange Volunteer Firefighters will be at the Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, selling $30 gift certificates to the Bar and Grille for just $25.

Hassenmayer donated 200 of these certificates, and the OVFD will keep 100% of the $25 that it costs you, for their operating expenses as explained in the videos.

Details: The certificates can be used the following day, July 25, 2020, through July 24, 2021. The certificate entitles you to $30 off your check when you spend a minimum of $40 on food and beverages. One certificate per table per visit. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.

“Carnival” Raffle Tickets

For your convenience, the firefighters also will be selling “Carnival” raffle tickets on-site for $5 each.

List of 2020 Raffle Prizes

1st Prize $10,000 Visa Card – People’s Bank

2nd Prize $5,000 Visa Card – People’s Bank

3rd Prize $3,000 Visa Card – People’s Bank

4th Prize $2,500 Gift Certificate, Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

5th Prize $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

6th Prize Apple I-Pad Wi-Fi – 128 GB, Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

7th Prize $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT

8th Prize $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

9th Prize $250 Gift Card – Knight’s, Inc., 286 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

10th Prize $200 Gift Card – Kohl’s, 250 Bull Hill Lane, Orange, CT

11th Prize Gift Card – Outback Steakhouse, 132 Marsh Hill Road, Orange, CT

The drawing will take place on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Orange Ale House Will Host Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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Sep 062018
 

Many of us have been directly affected by suicide, some of us are survivors of a suicide attempt, and just about all of us have known or known of someone who has tried or succeeded in committing suicide.

In 2018, suicide is still a hugely taboo subject, and this makes it incredibly difficult for people dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal thoughts and feelings to express themselves to others for fear of being shamed. Let’s work together to end the stigma of depression and suicide and spread awareness across the world.

Jim Hassenmayer, the owner of the Orange Ale House, has been thinking about and wanting to do this event for a while. Now, he has announced a date for the “Every 40 Seconds” Suicide Prevention Fundraising Event.

The Orange Ale House will host this event on Saturday, September 8 from 4 – 11 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and will include food and a drink ticket.

The next day is the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. Jim and the Ale House will be raising funds for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Southern Connecticut chapter.

He said, “We will have a memory wall, where one can post a photo, poem or any other memory they choose of a friend or loved one.”

Hassenmayer added, “We still need a few volunteers to help out. And if anyone can help us source some Raffle/Silent auction prizes, contact any of us or call Orange Ale House at 203-795-0707 or e-mail: info@orangealehouse.com.”

Orange Ale House Will Host Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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Jul 272018
 

Many of us have been directly affected by suicide, some of us are survivors of a suicide attempt, and just about all of us have known or known of someone who has tried or succeeded in committing suicide.

In 2018, suicide is still a hugely taboo subject, and this makes it incredibly difficult for people dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal thoughts and feelings to express themselves to others for fear of being shamed. Let’s work together to end the stigma of depression and suicide and spread awareness across the world.

Jim Hassenmayer, the owner of the Orange Ale House, has been thinking about and wanting to do this event for a while. Now, he has announced a date for the “Every 40 Seconds” Suicide Prevention Fundraising Event.

The Orange Ale House will host this event on Saturday, September 8 from 4 – 11 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and will include food and a drink ticket.

The next day is the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. Jim and the Ale House will be raising funds for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Southern Connecticut chapter.

He said, “We will have a memory wall, where one can post a photo, poem or any other memory they choose of a friend or loved one.”

Hassenmayer added, “We still need a few volunteers to help out. And if anyone can help us source some Raffle/Silent auction prizes, contact any of us or call Orange Ale House at 203-795-0707 or e-mail: info@orangealehouse.com.”

You Can Help A Neighbor Tonight at Local Fundraiser

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Oct 082016
 

cataldeOn Sunday September 11, the Catalde family was devastated by a fire that destroyed their home.

Resident Nancy Nastri and Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar are organizing a fundraiser.

“We are coming together to show not only support but to raise some funds to help them get thru this tragedy,” Nastri said. “Your $30 donation at the door includes food, music and a donation. There will be a raffle and silent auction. The Orange Ale House is donating all the food. There will be a cash bar available.”

The event will take place at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 4-9 p.m.

Catalde fire

 

Originally published on Sept. 15. and Oct. 4. 

 

Now That’s A Good Meatball!

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Apr 102016
 

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Photo by Studio 95 Photographix

On Saturday evening the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar hosted the second annual Meatball Challenge to benefit the late Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Camp and to crown the first and second place winners who made the best meatballs in New Haven County.

The 2016 Meatball Challenge Committee included Angela McNabola, Jessica Bakis,  PJ Shanley, Ed McManus, Jim Pino Jr., and Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Ale House.

This year, there were celebrity judges — food critics Vincent Faracelli and Robert Modena, Jerry the Chef, Anna Zap from Star 99.9 radio and Erin Logan from Fox 61 (instead of the crowd making the ultimate decision) and they had plenty to choose from — 20 cooks participated in the competition.

The final tally was close: Mike Martone won by less than half a point, second place went to Mishele Appleby and last year’s winner Barbara Lehrer came in third. McNabola received the popular vote.

There were lots of excellent gift baskets and raffle prizes to add to the excitement and the one and only Jimmy Pino and his band Freeplay providing entertainment for nearly 300 guests.

Click HERE to see all of G. Gregory Geiger’s photos from the event.

Orange Ale House: A Great Community Business Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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Sep 052013
 

ale Hose 10th

In 2003, the Orange Ale House began its transformation from a neighborhood bar to become the Orange Ale House Bar & Grille, a family-friendly dining spot during the day and a favorite place in which to have a fundraising event.

Owner Jim Hassenmayer and his sons, Dan and Rob are well known to regular customers and have helped make the Ale House a household name.

The Hassenmayers often can be seen at town wide events, such as the Rotary Lobster Festival where they sponsor the beer tent.

Since he took over the business,  Jim has hosted countless fundraising events, providing the food and a nice clean venue for charities like Jam for Jimi’s Friends, a motorcycle ride for the Milford Literacy Center, raising money for Keith Johnstone, the quadriplegic Bethany firefighter and so much more.

Aside from this, the Ale House also boasts a wonderful menu [https://www.orangealehouse.com/page/21106-Menu] and was one of the first Orange establishments to recognize the versatility and popularity of grilled cheese sandwiches. The lobster grilled cheese is at the top of the list for anyone that has tried it.

Salads, burgers and pizza, using dough from the popular Salerno’s Pizza Restaurant.

Moms and Grandmas love celebrating Mother’s Day with family by having a nice quiet dinner at the Orange Ale House in the remodeled dining room.

If you haven’t gone to the Orange Ale House in a while, afraid that it’s “just a bar.” Think again, stop by, have a seat and enjoy.

Monday to Wed – 3:30PM to 1 AM
Thurs & Sunday – Noon to 1AM
Friday & Saturday – Noon to 2AM

Happy Hour – Mon to Fri 4 – 7PM

The Orange Ale House has a Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/orangealehouse?fref=ts and a web site at https://www.orangealehouse.com/

Why Is A News Van At the Ale House?

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Jul 142013
 

A reporter talks to Scrabble Ride organizers in front of the Orange Ale House.

A reporter talks to Scrabble Ride organizers in front of the Orange Ale House.

I received several messages this morning about a news van parked in front of the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road.

“What happened at the Ale House last night,” James asked. “There’s a News van in front.”

“Why is a news van at the Ale House?” Christine asked

“What’s going on at the Ale House, a news van has been out front since about 5:30 this morning,” Dave wrote.

The answer is simple: Nothing happened at the popular bar and restaurant last night, it’s what’s going to happen that brought the media there.

As Orange Live reported last night, Ale House Owner Jim Hassenmayer is sponsoring the Live To Learn Motorcycle Scrabble Ride, to benefit the Milford Literacy Center.

Within about a half hour (hopefully) hundreds of motorcycles will thunder into the Ale House parking lot and the riders will register, have breakfast and then take off for a 70-mile ride through Fairfield County.

The bikes will leave in waves every 15 minutes after 9:30 a.m. with the final riders departing at 10:30 a.m.

When they return, Hassenmayer will treat everyone to lunch, with music, raffles and prizes, and the very important Scrabble challenge.

The riders receive a scrabble card and choose letters when they register and upon returning, they are challenged to make as many words with the most points to win.

This is one of the most fun and popular events that the Orange Ale House sponsors each year.

Orange Ale House & Grille, So Much More Than Just A Bar

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Jul 042013
 

the lobster grilled cheese with a side of sweet potato fries is a fan favorite.

The lobster grilled cheese with a side of sweet potato fries is a fan favorite at the Orange Ale House & Grille.

If you are looking for a good meal, why not try the Orange Ale House & Grille, 517 Boston Post Road across Route 1 from the Raymour and Flanigan shopping center.

Many people think that the Ale House is just a neighborhood bar, but it is so much more than that. The Happy Hour for example for some is more about the excellent pizza and wings than the drink specials.

When you’re out and about, hungry for a burger or grilled cheese, this is the place to go.

Before it became a big deal at other restaurants, the Ale House was offering a full menu of grilled cheese sandwiches.  One of the favorites is the Lobster grilled cheese, which is particularly excellent on rye bread, but you can choose any kind of bread you’d like.

Another hot commodity for a quick, delicious meal is the hot dog — dressed up any way you like it, with chili, kraut or cheese, they are served on a bakery fresh roll, split and grilled. Two thumbs up every time.

The Orange Ale House & Grille is a great place to celebrate a special occasion with dinner in the dining room, hold a fund-raising event (owner Jim Hassenmayer is famous around town for the fundraising events there), or to meet up with friends for a bite to eat or to watch a playoff game or hear a band.

The next time you’re looking for a place to eat, think of the Orange Ale House & Grille — Yes, it’s that good.

Ale House split Chili Dog with kraut on a bakery fresh roll.

Ale House split Chili Dog with kraut on a bakery fresh roll.

 

Eva’s Miracle: Bringing People Together for A Sweet Baby Girl

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Jun 022013
 

IMG_2503The Orange Ale House hosted a fundraiser today to benefit Eva Grace Kelly, 2, who is living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1.

According to a brochure prepared by benefit organizers, SMA is the number one genetic killer of infants and toddlers, causing progressive muscular atrophy and weakness.

Her disease affects most of Eva’s physical movements including the ability to breathe, cough and swallow.

She cannot sit, stand, crawl walk or talk (yet). there is currently no treatment or cure for her disease.

Children with SMA do not typically live past their second birthday, but Ea is one of the exceptions.

Her parents, John and Melissa, plan to stay diligent with her medical care and treatment and protect her from illnesses and germs as much as possible in the hope that her respiratory status will remain stable.

Because she is unable to breathe on her own, she is assisted with a tracheostomy tube that is connected to a ventilator 24 hours a day.

She also has a g-tube and is fed with a feeding pump because she is unable to swallow. She requires around the clock nursing care.

In spite of all this, Eva is a happy little girl. She enjoys living at home with her parents and 7-year-old brother, Noah, and their two cats.

Orange resident Jim Hassenmayer owner of the Orange Ale House is known for his generosity and willingness to help those in need by providing one or two rooms of his establishment and donating the food for benefits such as this one.

The dining area and back room were packed with Eva’s supporters, half of the dining room was filled with raffle prizes donated by many area businesses in Milford, Orange and West Haven.

Hassenmayer said, “The organizers did a fantastic job putting this together. We’re happy to help any way we can.”

Family friend, Susan Saren said Eva was supposed to attend the event, but came down with a virus on Saturday and ended up in the hospital.

She came home on Sunday afternoon, but it was too soon to take her out in a crowd.

Her mom said she was grateful for the wonderful show of support Eva received at this benefit.