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Hundreds gathered today for the grand reopening of Orr Honda. The event, advertised as a “Pre-Party-Party” for next week’s Festival of Pumpkins, began at 10 this morning and continued until 6 this evening.
Those in attendance were in for a fun-filled day. The event kicked off with the Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony. Dozens gathered behind general manager and partner Dwayne DeMedio as he did the honors. Inside, DeMedio and co-owner Steven Burns presented $500 checks to the Bridge Breast Network and Dylan’s Drivers, both charitable organizations dedicated to saving lives. DeMedio took the time to express his gratitude to all involved, including Orr, the Orr Group, Light it Pink, the Chamber of Commerce and Dylan’s Drivers.
“We’re so proud to be in Paris, Texas. We’re so thankful for our whole staff that has really been behind me to get this business up off the ground,” he said. “We’re just so thankful for the whole community and we will be very involved and look forward to a lot of business here…”
Steven Burns, like DeMedio, also expressed the importance of the community’s role in the business.
“We understand this dealership is part of the community…” he said. “And we’re going to get back to our roots and make it a great store.”
The party then continued outside in the parking lot. Callihan’s Steak & Que provided free hamburgers and hot dogs, and a bounce house and slide sat nearby for children and adults alike to enjoy. Guests could meet two local radio DJs, and, later in the day, sit back and enjoy the band East of Azle as they performed live on stage. All the while, as music played in the background, guests had the opportunity to show their support to local Joann Robinson in her fight against cancer. Donations to the cause could be made via a bake sale or through t-shirt sales. As of 3:15 this afternoon, donations had already totaled over $700. All proceeds will go to help with Mrs. Robinson’s medical bills.
Throughout the day, visitors were able to submit their names for a prize drawing, set to occur at around 4 p.m. Brandon Flannery won a Blu-ray player, Matthew Wood won a 32″ flat screen television and Joseph Filkins received a free event t-shirt.
Charitable organizations in attendance of the event included Light it Pink Paris, Dylan’s Drivers, and a local blood drive.
If you would like to make a donation toward Mrs. Robinson’s cause or would like more information about the event, contact Jonathan Robinson at 903.249.7497
Orr Honda of Paris is located at 1505 Loop 286 NE.
By Courtney McNeal, eParisExtra