Hudson -- Residents looking for an activity the entire family can enjoy need look no further than the floor of Hudson Memorial Stadium.
Hudson Community First, in conjunction with the Hudson City Schools Foundation, is inviting the community to a "Family Fun Night" at the stadium Sept. 14, beginning at 6 p.m.
"We have wanted to do a family event for a long time and felt this was a great way to do something for the community and kids of every age," Community First Co-Director Laura Gasbarro said. "The event will benefit youth of all ages and their families. They can see a movie on the scoreboard and have an old fashioned carnival atmosphere right at the high school."
The stadium is open for community use and Gasbarro said "it is a great way to get the entire community to see it and use it. Especially since a $1 million portion of the funding was raised by community members to construct the stadium."
The event is the first of its kind for the group, Gasbarro said.
"It was suggested in a Community First advisory board meeting when we brainstormed new ideas by former Superintendent Steve Farnsworth," Gasbarro said.
The group is not just parents, Gasbarro said. There is also a 50-member high school youth board.
"It gives these kids leadership and organizational opportunities," Gasbarro said.
Ben Hart, a senior at Hudson High School, is president of the Hudson Community First Youth Advisory Board.
"The Hudson Community First Youth Advisory Board is extremely excited for Family Fun Night," Hart said. "It is a great event and will hopefully bring this great community even closer together."
The youth board members be on hand to help at the event and will be wearing our group T-shirts.
"We look forward to a great event," Ben said.
Community First obtained sponsorship for the event, according to Gasbarro.
"Any profit would benefit programming for youth in our community," Gasbarro said. "We also hope the people will take advantage of the event right here in Hudson. "
Admission is $5 per family with a variety of free events which include free family dodgeball and British bull dog games and a free movie. There will also be snacks, food and beverages available for purchase as well as games.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk.
"It is a cash only event so we want people to know that," Gasbarro said.
If the event is successful, it could become and annual event.
Sponsors include: American Endowment Fund; Steve and Patti Engelman; Cleveland Electric Laboratories; Bill and Joy Wooldredge; John and Sarah Adams and The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.
Food will be supplied by Lager and Vine, Marcelita's and Hershey's. Supporting sponsors include Primrose School, Joann's, Little Leapers Sign a Rama.
The school district has also been supportive of the event, Gasbarro said.
"Community First is proud to bring events and programs to Hudson's kids and believe it fulfills our mission of being an organization that works towards the overall health and wellness of youth," he added. "Family time is an important factor in helping kids to grow up happy, healthy and to thrive. This family activities benefits kids and families -- we hope Hudson ends their summer with this great outdoor event."
For more information call 330-310-4123 or visit www.hudsoncommunityfirst.com.