Hudson’s inaugural charity event to support high school scholarship

With a new event, The Hudson Hair Salon and Spa hopes to both highlight opportunities in its industry and raise funds to support a student who wishes to pursue a career in their field.

“Since we opened we’ve been involved in the community, but we decided it was time to turn things around and devote all of our energy, funds and time to something totally different and unique,” said Tammy Hunt, director of The Hudson, who is organizing the event with stylist and training director, Kirsten Donald.

The August 22 event offers a variety of entertainment at River Mill Park. Admission is free, but participants can support the cause in a number of ways.

There will be live music performed by Sean Mcllroy, a beer tent with Canvas Brewing Co., coffee and goodies from Tim Hortons, and the salon will offer hair and spa consultations for a nominal fee.

A silent auction will feature hair products, heated tools, take-out mugs, handmade charcuterie boards, gift certificates for The Hudson, Downtown Dollars, and other fun goodies.

Hair care products will be sold at reduced prices, with profits going to the stock market.

“Many families are struggling to get through COVID and when parents lose their income, it can easily affect their children’s ability to get a post-secondary education,” Hunt said.

In the next school year, a Huntsville high school student who is considering entering aesthetic school will write an essay explaining why he deserves the scholarship for his tuition. The funds will be awarded in the spring of 2022.

The scholarship winner will also receive private one-on-one training with a Wella color specialist to start off on the right foot as they head to school.

“We really want to shed some light on the fact that this is an amazing industry for our young people,” Hunt said. “There are so many opportunities for hairdressers and beauticians these days. You can just grow taller and taller.

The event will take place on August 22 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“Even if you could just go down for five minutes to show your support, we would absolutely be very grateful,” Hunt said. Cash donations for the scholarship can also be made at the show until next spring.

The Hudson team intends to make this an annual initiative, with next year’s event being held at their Port Carling location to award a scholarship to a student in that community as well.

To follow Hudson’s Instagram page for more information.

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