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Orange County Disaster Rebuild Taking Registrations for Hurricane Laura Assistance

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Texas Mutual Donates $50,000 to Orange County Disaster Rebuild

If you were affected by Hurricane Laura and still in need of assistance, Orange County Disaster Rebuild will be doing a disaster assistance intake this Friday, November 20, 2020, at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center located at 502 6th Street in Orange from 9 am to 2 pm.

IMPORTANT: You will need to bring copies of the following mandatory documents listed below:
1) Photo ID
2) Proof of Income ( W-2, Paycheck stub, Social Security Information)
3) Property Tax Receipt for 2019
4) Current Utility Bill
5) 3 Previous Months of Bank Statements

Shangri La Botanical Gardens Sets Reopening Date

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Shangri La Botanical Gardens Sets Reopening Date

The City of Orange is excited to share Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center has announced its reopening for Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The center is located at 2111 W Park Ave. in Orange. The operating hours will be Tuesday-Friday, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is free.

Mandatory mask use will be required indoors, and optional throughout the gardens. Hand sanitizer stations will be available

Since returning to the gardens after the closure from Hurricane Laura, the Horticulture staff of Shangri La has been hard at work cleaning up and clearing away fallen branches and debris from the storm. With help from Frey’s Landscaping and Davis Tree Company, the gardens look almost back to normal, though not without some new gaps.

The loss of several trees has changed the skyline and brought sun to plants that were accustomed to shade. The staff sees this loss of trees as opportunities to improve the gardens and are excited to see plants continuing to bloom and providing cheerful color to the landscape, almost as if thumbing their noses at the storm.

72nd Annual Christmas Parade Scheduled

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72nd Annual Christmas Parade Scheduled

The Kiwanis Club is proud to announce the 72nd annual Orange Christmas Parade on Friday, December 4 at 6 pm. This year’s theme is “A Texas Christmas.”

Special guidelines have been established this year for the Christmas parade. They include:

  • A longer route, allowing spectators and participants to maintain appropriate distancing.
  • Spectator and participant masks are encouraged at all times.
  • Floats in staging areas will be distanced by 20 feet.
  • Absolutely no candy or merchandise may be distributed during the parade or along the parade route.
  • Float riders will be limited to the County’s maximum allowable group size on December 4th. At this time the number is 10.
  • Spectators will be encouraged to maintain social distancing standards along the parade route and together in groups of no more than the County’s maximum allowable group size on December 4th. At this time the group number is 10.

The entry form is available here.

For more info, visit the Kiwanis Club Facebook page.

72nd Annual Christmas Parade

Texas Mutual Donates $50,000 to Orange County Disaster Rebuild

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Texas Mutual Donates $50,000 to Orange County Disaster Rebuild

Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, today announced a donation of $50,000 to the Orange County Disaster Rebuild, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families rebuild and recover after disasters. This donation is intended to support recovery throughout Orange County following hurricanes Laura and Delta.

“It is heartbreaking to see the Orange County Community having to rebuild from these natural disasters, in addition to challenges from COVID-19,” said Rich, Gergasko, president and CEO of Texas Mutual. “We’re proud to do our part to support their recovery.”

Founded in response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the Orange County Disaster Rebuild is a long-term recovery organization that aims to address the unmet needs of individuals and families following any natural or man-made disaster. Currently, the Orange County disaster rebuild is working with case managers to meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Tropical Storm Imelda, Hurricane Laura, and Hurricane Delta.

“We are especially grateful to Texas Mutual for their support and generous donation,” said Michelle Tubbleville, executive director of the Orange County Disaster Rebuild. Our ultimate goal is to provide necessary resources for individuals to recover from disasters and get into a safe, secure, and sanitary environment.”

Orange Lions Club Awarded Harvest of Giving Grant

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Orange Lions Club Awarded Harvest of Giving Grant
Pictured are Jean Moncla of the Hancock Whitney Trust Group and Orange Lions Club Treasurer Chris Kovatch.

The Orange Lions Club was awarded a grant as part of the Hancock Whitney Harvest of Giving. They were selected for the grant from the H.H. and Edna Houseman Charitable Trust. The funds will be utilized to support the community initiatives of the Orange Lions Club.

The annual event promotes the charitable efforts of six local private foundations presenting these grants and celebrates nonprofit organizations that champion arts, community services, education, health, and social welfare in Southeast Texas. Each year, area nonprofits are invited to participate in a grant application process for funds from one of the six participating foundations.

Hancock Whitney Trust and Asset Management is the trustee of the following six foundations providing grants that make “Harvest of Giving” possible:

  • Helen G. Bell Charitable Trust
  • H.E. & Kate Dishman Charitable Foundation Trust
  • Eva Dujay Foundation-Mary Harold Medical Fund
  • H.H. & Edna Houseman Charitable Trust
  • Roy & M. Permenter Charitable Foundation
  • B.A. & Elinor Steinhagen Benevolent Trust

 

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