One of the many worthwhile organizations in Hudson that The Barlow is proud to support is the Hudson Pride Foundation. Each year the Hudson Pride Foundation puts on a fun filled weekend full of events that appeal to almost everyone. There are boat rides on the river, a parade down Warren Street (Hudson’s main thoroughfare), a “festival” at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park that features live music and speeches by local politicians, a family fun event with things to do for the kids, a “tea dance”, and much more.
As a not-for-profit, The Hudson Pride Foundation relies exclusively on donations from individuals and businesses both local and elsewhere. The Hudson Pride Foundation offers $1,000 scholarships to local students. HPF describes the program on their website as follows:
The main mission of the Hudson Pride Foundation is to raise money for our scholarships. Going to college is expensive, and while our scholarships will not cover all of the costs or even most of the costs it will at least cover some of the costs. Every little bit helps. Why do we focus on education? Because an educated mind is more likely to embrace equality, fight for justice, and push back against prejudice, bigotry and misinformation. An educated mind is an open mind. We strive to open more minds. -The Hudson Pride Foundation
The Barlow was very pleased and proud to fully sponsor one of the scholarships this year, and last night the annual Scholarship Awards Dinner was held at Helsinki Hudson to present the students with their awards. We were very happy to be invited to the event to help Martha Harvey present The Barlow/Hudson Pride Scholarship to Sam Engel, a 2015 graduate of Chatham High School. Sam will be attending Gettysburg College in the Fall and hopes to major in anthropology and criminal justice. Sam is extremely energetic and exceptionally personable. We are so pleased Sam was awarded The Barlow/HPF Scholarship and are confident he will be successful in whatever field he finds himself. Who knows, he may decide to go into the hospitality industry!
We join Sam’s parents Karen and Steve to wish Sam the best of luck as he begins this new journey this Fall!