CALDWELL, NJ  — A fundraising event hosted by the Borough of Caldwell and American Legion Post 185 on Dec. 17 will benefit the families affected by the Orchard Square fire earlier this month.

The event, held at the American Legion at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Personette Street from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature hot and cold food items, coffee and dessert and a display of the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department equipment in the parking lot throughout the day with a $10 suggested donation at the door. A cash bar will also be available.

“We are pleased to be able to host this event and to help out our fellow Caldwell residents who tragically lost everything in a recent fire on Orchard Square,” said Dan Handy, Commander of the American Legion Post 185. 

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Other committee members include former Caldwell Councilman and retired Caldwell Police Captain Joseph DeBellis; legion members Billy Hyer, Sam Kent and Rick DeMunno; Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing; and Councilman Capozzoli. 

“We’d like to thank the American Legion for hosting this community event and we’d also like to thank Calandra’s Italian Village, Jack’s Super Foodtown, Fortes Restaurant and ShopRite for donating sandwiches, desserts, pasta dishes, chicken fingers hotdogs, soda and water for the event,” said Dassing. “We hope people stop in and have a meal and make a small contribution to ease the burden of these families, who are our neighbors.”

Checks can be made out to The American Legion, a registered 501c-3 charity. The committee asks that “Fire Victims Donation” be indicated in the memo section.

For more information about the event, contact Mayor Dassing at 973-403-0032.