The Orange Lions Club is holding its 54th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19, at the High Plains Community Center grounds in Orange. In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, March 26 at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as on March 19. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 PM, one half-hour before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself. There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.
The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups. This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have for distribution. The four age groups are: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade & Second Grade; (3) Third Grade & Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade. Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.
An adult should accompany all participating children. Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs. Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny. Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only.
Orange Lion Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062. All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year. Among the other annual events are: the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for pre-schoolers, an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser, and giveaways for children at the Memorial Day parade. In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; for many years, the Lions has had a Community Mini-Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. In particular, the Orange Lions Club has made an annual gift to the Case Memorial Library for many years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight-impaired and the general public. The Orange Lions also fund two scholarships each year for Orange students graduating from Amity High School.
The Orange Lions Club co-sponsors (with the Milford Lions Club) the Foundation High School Leo Club (Lions youth group) for special needs youths; the only club of its kind in North America. The Lions provide needed funds each year to support eye research, training of Fidelco guide dogs for the blind, to Lions low vision centers which provide vision aids to the sight impaired, and to the Connecticut Radio Information System for the sight-impaired. The club also collects used eyeglasses for refurbishing and recycling to Third World countries, helping to restore the gift of sight to thousands of people all over the world.