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November 18, 2020 Newsletter

The 96th Annual Awards Banquet was a great success!

Thank you to our Annual Banquet Committee, Sponsors, and Auction Donors!

Pictures courtesy of BC Photography

2020 Banquet Committee

John Licata

Dana Amos

Deanne Marshall

Yvette Ruiz

Karen Dee Dee Ingram

Crystal Dudley

Evelyn Pritchett Jackson

Judi Cooper

Donna Waugh Robinson

A Special Thank You to Our Volunteers

That Made This Banquet Possible!

Pat Licata

Mary Maurer

Derek Marcey

Kristina Musgrave

Keith Neeley

Robert & Shalese Higginbotham

Wilson Auction Company

Erin Dean

Venue Sponsor

Madison at the Mill

New Member Sponsor

Reynolds GM & Subaru

Cocktail Hour Sponsors

Mikes Glass and Mirror

Welcome Home Financial Partners

Lakeside Title & Escrow

Event Sponsors

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Fulton Mortgage

Unionville Brewery

Iron Pipe Alewerks

Horton Vineyards

Barbourville Vineyards

Award Sponsors

Agri-Business of the Year – Orange County Farm Bureau

Businessperson of the Year – The Licata Group

John L. Stanley Award for Excellence – UVA Community Credit Union

Susie Miller Community Service – Design Craft Homes

William Carrington Business & Education Partnership– Mason Insurance

Table Sponsors

A & K Development Corp.

Jack Samuels Reality

Orange County Board of Supervisors

Orange County Public Schools

Piedmont Power

Inspired Electical


Community Bank of the Chesapeake

Town of Orange

Germanna Community College


B. Edwin Tally ** Liberty Mills Farm ** It’s About Thyme ** Orange Downtown Alliance ** 2 Brothers Italian Restaurant ** Bella Cucinca of the Lake Restaurant ** JB Cakes ** Cavallo Gallery ** Dana Amos ** Madison Ford ** Wilderness Family Chiropractic ** Orange Chiropractic ** Piedmont Power ** Alcova Mortgage ** Horton Vineyards ** Orange County Chamber of Commerce ** Donna Waugh-Robinson ** Montpelier Hunt Races ** Village Motor Sports ** Sky Dive Orange ** Edward Jones Investment – Locust Grove ** Orange Economic Development and Tourism ** The Licata Group**Todd Brown**


Clearwater Grill


JB Cakes

Krecek Kakes Bakery & Coffee Shop

Thank you to all who made it possible!


Networking & Social Events 2021

Dates for Business First Coffee 2021 are on Tuesdays on January 12th,

March 9th, May 11th, July 13th, November 9th

Dates for Wake Up Locust Grove are on Tuesdays on August 10th, and December 14th.

Remaining date for the Business After Hours is Thursday, September 16th.

Please RSVP a date to


Week 6 Photo Winner, Abbey Murray

This is a photo of the Formal Garden at James Madison’s Montpelier. I tried to capture a unique perspective of such a popular place in Orange County.


Chamber Member Spotlight

Orange County Children's Toy Box

Orange County Children's Toy Box

Your support and donations will help us meet our annual goal of helping the children of needy families of Orange County Virginia have a Christmas they would otherwise not have.

P.O. Box 1117

Orange, VA. 22960-0659

(540) 661-2263

Dear Orange Community,

It might be hard to believe that Christmastime is almost here, but next month really is December! Everyone knows that 2020 has been an especially crazy year, so it’s understandable to forget what month we’re in. I myself keep wondering what happened to March-July, and if those months really existed this year. To keep myself upbeat and positive, I’ve been watching plenty of Christmas movies to remind myself of the love and happiness that Christmas always brings. The Orange County Children’s Toy Box (OCCTB) is busy getting ready for the 2020 Christmas season and we need your support. Everyone already knows that 2020 is a year like no other, which is why we (OCCTB volunteers) are reaching out to you today. My request to you today remains the same as it has for the past 29 years; please put the Orange County Children’s Toy Box on your Christmas list. The OCCTB provides Christmas gifts to hundreds of Orange County children every year. Each year, we serve children from birth to age 17. We make sure that no child gets forgotten about in Orange. The OCCTB is about neighbors helping neighbors in a time of need. We get to help out Santa, help our neighbors and, most importantly, we don’t let the children in our community go without Christmas morning!

Gibson’s Rental has agreed to sponsor and house us again for the 2020 Christmas season. We really can’t thank them enough for offering us the use of their building. We will be using the back of their building again, just like last year. You can drop off your new unwrapped toys there this year or at any of our other local collection sites; including my office at Jack Samuels Realty. Be sure to look for one of our Orange County Children’s Toy Box signs throughout the county!

The program is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit public charity; therefore, your monetary donation is tax-deductible. A financial statement is available upon written request from the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. Orange County Social Services gives us a list of eligible recipients, all of whom are Orange County residents and have asked for our help. All applicants must be approved by Social Services. We serve anywhere from 300-800 children every year.

This year we are preparing for the worst. We have been worrying about donations and applications because we understand that COVID-19 has taken a toll on everyone and the economy. In 2008 and 2009, some of the worst economic years in US history, we had more than 800 children from more than 500 different families apply for aid. We are expecting our family count to be anywhere between 350-600 for this year simply because we do not know how hard COVID-19 has impacted the families of Orange County.

Our grass-roots, Orange community program needs your support. We are currently in need of cash donations and new, unwrapped toys. Feel free to stop by Gibson’s Rental or Jack Samuels Realty, with your donations or drop a check in the mail. Checks should be made payable to Orange County Children’s Toy Box and can be mailed to P.O. Box 1117, Orange, VA 22960. We have a PayPal option on our website, if you would like to donate electronically.

Be sure to follow us on social media for up to the minute details for shopping, packing and delivery. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to make changes to our volunteer system, but volunteers will still be needed and greatly appreciated.

We will accept donations until Friday, December 11 for this year’s campaign. We would like to have all items in by December 11 for packing if possible. Donations made after this date will be applied to the 2021 campaign. This year we will be having the families pick up the gifts on Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 7 am to 5 pm. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to support our efforts to give each child a treasured Christmas memory.


Donna E. Waugh-Robinson

Donna E. Waugh-Robinson

President and Coordinator

Orange County Children’s Toy Box



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