Holiday Lighting Fund

The Holiday Lighting program is one of Hudson Community Service Association’s (HCSA) major initiatives.  It was begun in 1948 by Mary Lou Morse.  World War II had ended, loved ones were returning home, and it was a time for festivity. The trees were much smaller then, and with stepladders and strings of light, Morse, her husband and friends started this annual tradition, which became a passion for the Morse family.  As the trees grew so did the popularity of seeing the lit trees on the Green.

Eventually, the family and HCSA turned to Hudson Public Power to use their trucks and equipment. Over time, the Holiday Lighting has become a collaboration between HCSA and the City of Hudson. The Lighting Committee of HCSA raises money through private donations to furnish materials for decorating – lights, bows, wreaths, the Mouse and roping. The City absorbs the labor and utility costs. The team at Hudson Public Power still takes great pride in the beautiful display that they create.  It has been a good working relationship but the key has been the generous donations from residents, organizations, foundations and merchants who have steadfastly donated the necessary funds to make it all possible.

In 2019 HCSA partnered with Hudson Community Foundation, opening a new endowment fund.  Our joint goal is to raise the necessary funds to create an endowment so that the Hudson Lighting of the Greens will continue in perpetuity.



We hope you will join us in our campaign to build this endowment by making a gift to our Holiday Lighting Fund.

Your gift is fully tax deductible. You can support this fund online - select Hudson Holiday Lighting Fund or make check payable to Hudson Community Foundation fbo HCSA Holiday Lighting Fund

PO Box 944, Hudson, Ohio 44236


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For tax  purposes, Hudson Community Foundation, tax ID 34-1935499, is a public charity under Internal Revenue Code sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1).

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