Taste of Hudson Donates $30,000 to Hudson Area Organizations

Donations total $205,000 over The Taste’s first seven years

November 7, 2011 – Hudson, Ohio – Taste of Hudson is proud to continue its tradition of donating festival proceeds to Hudson area organizations. This year’s festival raised $30,000 and grants have been issued to seventeen different organizations bringing total donations over seven years to $205,000. Donation checks were distributed to the recipient organizations at a presentation on Friday, November 4, 2011 in the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

In-spite of less than optimal weather over Labor Day Weekend, Taste of Hudson continued is reputation as one of northeast Ohio’s premier lifestyle culinary and entertainment based festivals. “We are very grateful for the support of all of our festival sponsors, restaurants, partners, entertainers and exhibitors. Without their backing and support of Taste of Hudson as a not-for-profit organization, we would not be in position to donate funds each and every year. This is what Taste of Hudson is all about – being able to share our success through financially assisting many local organizations that help to make Hudson, and the Summit County region, great,” said Executive Director Andy Malitz.

This year’s beneficiaries include primary beneficiary Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County Hudson, Hudson Community First, Destination Hudson, Hudson High School Marching Band, Hudson EMS, Merchants of Hudson, Hudson High School scholarship program, Junior Leadership Hudson, Leadership Hudson, Leadership Hudson Safety Town Project, Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve, Hudson Library and Historical Society, Case-Barlow Farm, Leadership Hudson Playground Initiative, Screen on the Green , Pride of Place, and the Hudson Memorial Stadium fundraising campaign.

“The mission of the organizing committee of Taste of Hudson is to promote economic development in downtown Hudson, showcasing the community to the thousands of guests who visited the event,” Billie Henning, Board President of Taste of Hudson, Inc. added. “Being able to do this, as well as present so many Hudson area organizations with donations from our proceeds each year, has truly been an honor for all of us involved. We try to reach out to as many organizations as we can to continue to make a difference in the community.”

The festival’s primary beneficiary, Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County, is an organization dedicated to keeping kids safe through a variety of education programs and donations of important child safety items like car seats, bike helmets and life vests to families of need living throughout Summit County.

“Taste of Hudson wishes to thank all of our participants and especially our sponsors, in particular our 2011 Co-presenting sponsors Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General and Time-Warner Cable along with Co-promoting sponsors Windstream Communications, Laurel Lake Retirement Community and ACME Fresh Market.” said Malitz. “Without their support, and that of all Taste of Hudson sponsors and participants, we could not produce a successful Taste of Hudson each and every year. The generosity of these sponsors is paramount to our success and provides us the ability to produce a festival which raises money for so many deserving organizations,” Malitz added.

The Taste of Hudson, a two-day culinary, lifestyle and entertainment festival held annually over Labor Day weekend, attracted over 30,000 people to Hudson’s historic downtown. At the event, visitors sampled delicious foods from 23 area restaurants while enjoying live entertainment, fine arts and crafts, children’s activities, a wine and beer garden and much more in a family-friendly atmosphere.

The 8th Annual Taste of Hudson is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, September 2 & 3, 2012.

Taste of Hudson, a fund of the Hudson Community Foundation, is a Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower Class of 2003-4 Leadership Hudson project event produced with the help of volunteers within the community in order to promote Hudson area entrepreneurship of its restaurants, businesses, artists and entertainers, and to provide funding for several charities. For more information and photos from the 2011 Taste of Hudson visit www.tasteofhudson.com.