• Stephanie O’Hanley

Saturday’s Hudson Witch Project Fundraiser promises Halloween fun

Ask Lea Durocher about this Saturday’s Hudson Witch Project Fundraiser and she’ll tell you about her “Aha!” moment in mid-September.

“I had seen some crazy witch dance on Facebook and said to a bunch of girlfriends, ‘Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all just paraded around down Main Road dressed as witches and doing a choreography?’” Durocher said.

Everyone agreed the idea was ‘awesome’ and Durocher thought about it some more. “I was sitting in my shop at Centre Décor Hudson and I have a bay window that faces out to Main Road. I had this vision of a gaggle of witches, warlocks, and wizards just parading down Main Road to a drumbeat and I thought how ridiculously fun it would be to raise funds for a worthy cause.”

After getting in touch with the town and with Hudson’s fire department, she decided to fundraise for the fire department’s Christmas basket drive. “It kind of went from there,” Durocher explained.

“The town has been fantastic in allowing me to do this,” she said. “This was a pretty last-minute thing that we brought them.”

The Hudson Witch Project Fundraiser includes two ways to participate.

“One of them is dress up as a witch, wizard, or a warlock and meet us at the fire station October 28 at 3 p.m. and come and parade down Main Road,” she said, adding there’s a minimum $5 donation for participation and a live band and drummer will serenade the group as they walk. “We’re going from there to the Community Centre where we’re going to be doing some shenanigans as well, handing out some candy to the kidlets.

“The other way, if dressing up is not your cup of tea, is popping down to the shop and just donating to the cause,” Durocher said. “Absolutely every little bit helps, (any amount) from a couple of bucks to a couple of hundred bucks would be magical.”

As she’s spread the word, people have come to help. “Jim Beauchamp of Cunninghams Pub stepped up immediately when I threw this into the universe,” she said. Beauchamp not only donated $100 to the event but, “anyone who donates $20 or more will get a $5 gift certificate to Cunninghams,” said Durocher, who has the gift certificates in her shop. For her part, she’s doing the same sort of thing at Centre Décor Hudson. “Anyone who donates $20 will get $5 off your next purchase.”

Thanks to Seiji Gutierrez, the event includes a live band and drummer. A ‘Best Costume’ prize – a $100 gift certificate to Carambola Restaurant – was donated by Jeffrey Quenneville from Quenneville-Côté & Associates of Raymond James Ltd., she said.

As well, Lyndell Robinson of Vitre Verte donated Halloween items, Durocher said, and Jewel FM is helping promote the fundraiser.

She stressed all event proceeds go to the Hudson Fire Department’s Christmas Basket fund.

“My plan is to have it become a kind of yearly event to get bigger and bigger and to collect donations all year for it,” said Durocher.

The Hudson Witch Project Fundraiser takes place Saturday, October 28. At 3 p.m. participants will leave Hudson’s fire station at 529 Main Road and parade their way to the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre.

To get involved, or for more information, stop by Centre Décor Hudson, 33 Yacht Club Road or phone Lea Durocher at (450) 458-5121. Online donations can be made at www.youcaring.com/thehudsonwitchproject. While all the money goes to the fundraiser, please note that online donations involve an extra fee.

Check out the event’s Facebook page by searching for ‘The Hudson Witch Project Fundraiser for the HFD Christmas Basket’ or visit Centre Décor Hudson’s Facebook page.

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