Sunday, October 18, 2020

Virtual Fundraisers for the Library

The City of Hudson contributes $250,000 every year to the Hudson Area Library, but that is less than a third of the library budget. Income from its two annual fundraisers--the gala and the Ghostly Gallop--represents a significant part of the library budget, but alas, this year, neither can go forward as they have in the past, so the library is taking to virtual alternatives. In lieu of the gala, HAL is holding its first online art auction

The library has assembled for the auction more than eighty pieces of art by local artists. The bidding began on Friday, October 16, and continues until Wednesday, October 28. Click here to view the works available and to make a bid. The auction is designed to benefit not only the library but the artists. Proceeds from the sales will be split between the artist and the library, with 45 percent going to the artist and 55 percent going to the library.

On Saturday, October 24, at 5:00 p.m., there will a live virtual event (in this weird time that is not an oxymoron) to celebrate the library and the artists that contributed their work for the auction. Click here to register for the Artist Appreciation Event.

The Ghostly Gallop will take place virtually as well. To be part of it, start by registering for the race here. Registration started on October 16 and continues until October 31. The first one hundred people to register will receive a Ghostly Gallop T-shirt, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the race and the 60th anniversary of the Hudson Area Library.

Once you've registered for the race, run or walk five kilometers--you can do that any time between now and October 31--and report your time on the Ghostly Gallop website. You can also upload a picture of yourself flushed with achievement for going the distance. The male and female runners who record the fastest time will receive the Cranna Cup, named for the late William Cranna, longtime HAL trustee who played a major role in organizing the earliest Ghostly Gallop 5Ks. 

For more information about the Ghostly Gallop and the Kids Fun Run, go to

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