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Hudson -- A 2011 Hudson High School graduate will combine his love of poetry and helping people Aug. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Caffe Gasperi to raise money for a charity dear to his heart, Milestones Autism Resources.
Sean Giannetti, 23, who began penning his own poetry last fall, hopes to pack the caffè's adjoining art studio at 46 Ravenna St, Suite D2, with guests who will donate $5 for a night of poetry reading and enjoyment.
Attendees can sit back and listen or stand up and read an original poem or a favorite authored by another poet.
"I've always had a passion for poetry and I wanted to do something to help someone else out," Sean, who will be attending Kent State University this fall to study poetry and acting, said. "I went to a poetry reading my best friend, Aaron Bennett, was at and I read one of my poems and I knew I wanted to be a poet myself."
A few of Sean's favorite poets include Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Frost, he said.
Proceeds from the event will go to Milestones Autism Resources
"Donations will support Milestones Autism Resources, whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals on the spectrum by educating, coaching and connecting the autism community with evidence-based information," according to Milestones. "Your donation to Milestones stays local."
Audience members may also donate to the autism charity of their choice that night, according to Sean's mom, Paige.
And, while donations are requested, they are not required.
"Anyone who wants to read a poem, can attend for free," Paige said. "A $5 donation is requested to attend as a member of the audience or checks could be made out to Milestones Autism Resources, which is in Cleveland and has a conference each year."
Laura Centini is the caffe's owner.
"I try and help people when I can and Sean and his mom approached me to see if I could help," Centini said.
Sean hopes to raise $200 during the reading, which is open to everyone.
"They do not have to be a poet or a great reader and any age person can participate," Paige added. "This is meant to be a fun evening, which is about giving anyone, young or old, with or without special needs, a chance to read poetry in a supportive environment for a good cause."
Reservations are not required for the event.
"Anyone who has a love for poetry, we would like you to come," Sean said. "Even if you don't want to read a poem, you could just watch and still make a donation."
For more information on Milestones Autism Resources, visit http://milestones.org.