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Letter: Bicentennial Family Dinner Thank You

We want to express our appreciation and gratitude to all the organizations and individuals who generously donated their services and time to help make the Bicentennial Family dinner on June 25th such a success.  There were 704 attendees who enjoyed the delicious and beautifully presented dinner catered by Mission BarBQ, the bicentennial cake and desserts created by Julia’s Bakery, and the famous Dip Top ice cream saucers.

Many thanks to the Orange Rotary Club for underwriting the cost of the ice cream and providing volunteers to work the ice cream station; to Ron Emerthal and Jessie Simone for delivering the 750 ice cream saucers; to the Orange Lion’s Club for its volunteers at both the ice cream and dessert stations and elsewhere; to Jeff Chandler for setting up the dessert tables; to the Orange Garden Club for wrapping and preparing the orange marigold centerpieces donated by Jim Zeoli and Shamrock Farm; and to all the members of the Orange Community Women and the Orange Community Women Juniorettes for volunteering in multiple  areas.  Special thanks to Jessie Simone and Orange Youth Services for underwriting and scheduling Painted You, the professional face painters.

A huge shout out to Jim and Susan Ronai who organized and ran the children’s sack races, 3-legged races, egg and spoon races, and relay races.  (Thank you Christian Mortali and Rachel Holden at Townline Farm for lending us the sacks!)

Thank you to the Amity students and individual residents who volunteered.  Students- David Ke, Ahmit Patel, Jennifer Liu, Jessie Zheng, Griffin Welander, and Evelyn Welander.  Residents and Friends- Deb Estok, Anna May Geipel-Pieger, Bob Sigler, Dee Chamberlain, Marianne Miller, Ken Lenz, Mary & Jim Winkel, Donna Wesolowski, Matt Welander, Linda Bespuda, Pat & Bob McCorkle, Michelle Bailey, Patti Hollander, Cheri McNabola, Al & Patti Post, Freeman Demirjian, Miranda Demirjian, Jon Demirjian, Dean Proestakes, Peter Proestakes, John Proestakes, Kore Proestakes, Betty Hadlock, George Lesko, Jody Dietch, Mary & John Hudson, Karen Kriss, Pat & Ken Ziman.

Special thanks to Marsha Oliver and Lynn Plaskowitz for setting up and creating the photo booth area and props!

Of course, without Ann Denny, Lynn Plaskowitz, and Pat O’Sullivan, none of this would have been possible.

See you at the 225th!!

Polly Demirjian and Ginni Proestakes, Co-Chairs Bicentennial Family Dinner

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