Hudson – Five decades of Hudson Catholic High (HCH) alumni are preparing for a unique all-school reunion. The HCH alumni walking unit and “Green Wave” float will help the town celebrate its 150th anniversary in the Hudson Sesquicentennial Parade on Sunday, Sept. 18. Concurrently, they’ll remember a Hudson landmark for 50 of the town’s 150 years.
Alumni interested in joining the parade unit who are Facebook users can click “going” and post their class year at the event page “HCH Alumni in Hudson 150 Parade” by Wednesday, June 1. Non-FB users can confirm by emailing [email protected]. The parade director needs to know the number of participants in advance to begin planning the appropriate size meeting places for each unit.
Within three months, the HCH parade unit got 118 confirmations and counting. They represent 38 classes spanning from 1962 to 2009, the year HCH closed. Alumni confirmations include two pairs of parents and adult children, a few married couples, and several sets of siblings, cousins and longtime best friends.
An online fundraiser has collected enough to pay for the parade application fee, trailer rental, float construction and decoration supplies. Now funds are being raised to purchase items for the walking unit and float riders to carry and wear. Alumni hope to buy green and white custom-made banners, commemorative pennants and buttons emblazoned with the HCH emblem, leis, helium balloons and cheer pom-poms.
Donors of at least $15 have a chance to get one of eight gifts, which can be postal mailed or shipped to those whose names are drawn. The donor incentives are gift cards for the Hudson businesses Amaia Martini Bar, Mullahy’s Artisan Cheeses & Specialty Foods, Serendipity and Tuck’s Service Center; a five CD collection of spiritual music recorded by Fr. Joe Rodrigues; two “Hudson 150” T-shirts; pieces of the original and 2006 HCH gym floors; and a set of HCH and St. Michael’s School bricks recovered from the 2015 demolitions.
For more information and to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/HCHAlumniHudson150.