HUBBARDSTON — Hands on Hubbardston event organizers didn’t know what to expect on Saturday, July 7, during their first Hubbapalooza event.
“Throughout the day we had around 800 to 1,000 people show up,” said Hands on Hubbardston Vice President Scott Schmitt. “We had around 600 people stay for the evening show.”
Hubbpalooza was an all-day event with many family activities during the day and ending with music from local bands that played until midnight. The event brought in a significant amount of funds toward the goal of $25,000.
“The weather was so hot we didn’t know what to expect,” Schmitt said. “The morning relay walk raised $10,000 and donations are still coming in, and so far we are at $15,000.”
The money raised will be donated to the Grand Rapids chapter of the American Cancer Society. The group has planned a “dress your decade” event this autumn to continue toward the goal of $25,000.
The success that Hands on Hubbardston experienced with the Hubbapalooza event has the group thinking about possibility of another one next summer.
“You know we didn’t know what to expect this year,” Schmitt said. “We planned the event, it happened to be over the Fourth of July weekend and it being a small community we had no idea about the turnout. But with the turnout we had and the money raised so far, more than likely next summer there could be a Hubbapalooza 2 for sure.”
The Hands on Hubbardston group worked hard to get the word out about this event and used many of the social networking tools express how more could be done to help those fighting cancer.
“We were pretty flabbergasted on just how well the event went,” Schmitt said. “We used Facebook and other social networking sites to get our message heard.”
According to Schmitt, Carson Health, Carson Village Market, The Celtic Path, Farmers Insurance, Galloup Co., Hubbardston Market, Muir Village Market, Shiels Tavern and Walter T. Roach American Legion Post 182 all contributed greatly to the success of Hubbapalooza this year.
For more information about Hands on Hubbardston, visit their Facebook page or www.handsonhubbardston.org.