Two nonprofits in Hudson finalizing merger

Destination Hudson will acquire rights to "Taste of Hudson" trademark, financial assets

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Martha's Mistake plays during Taste of Hudson in downtown Hudson in 2017. Destination Hudson and Taste of Hudson Inc. will soon merge, with the outcome being that Taste of Hudson Inc. will be dissolved. Destination Hudson will acquire the rights to use the registered "Taste of Hudson" trademark and remaining financial assets.

HUDSON — Two nonprofits are finalizing a merger that will result in one group continuing to carry on the legacy of an organization that held a fundraising culinary event on Labor Day weekend for 13 years.

The leadership teams of Destination Hudson and A Taste of Hudson Inc. announced Friday they have completed the final steps of a merger that will result in the dissolution of A Taste of Hudson Inc. as a nonprofit corporation. Destination Hudson will acquire the rights to use the registered “Taste of Hudson” trademark and remaining financial assets.

The Taste of Hudson organization was created by the Leadership Hudson Class of 2004 with a mission of promoting the new First & Main Shopping District and the Main Street Merchants Hudson area and supporting local merchants while raising funds to benefit other charitable organizations in the city and surrounding area. Taste of Hudson has donated more than $400,000 back into the community as a result of 13 years of events. In March 2019, the Taste of Hudson Board of Directors voted to end the annual Taste of Hudson fundraising event that took place on Labor Day weekend.

“The ever-changing event landscape in Hudson and Northeast Ohio, partnered with the dilution of sponsorship dollars, increased expenses and the uncertainty of the festival grounds based on proposed construction projects in the festival area, were several of the deciding factors that led us to this path,” said Debra Sherman, Taste of Hudson executive director, in March 2019.

Now, the leaders of the Taste of Hudson decided it’s time to start a new chapter.

“After an in-depth strategic review, our board determined we had fulfilled our original mission and it was time to cease operations but in a manner that assures the continuation of the spirit and energy that has been put forth historically with the Taste of Hudson,” said Bob Liskiewicz, Taste of Hudson president. “We are excited for the next chapter of the Taste of Hudson and know that Destination Hudson shares our passion for promoting the Hudson area, its culinary talents and the philanthropic nature of our community.”

The leader of Destination Hudson said he will be focused on continuing Taste of Hudson’s legacy.

“Destination Hudson’s Board of Directors will expand to include a current Taste of Hudson director and will create a standing committee to plan and implement future culinary related community projects to benefit the Hudson community and perpetuate the Taste of Hudson legacy,” said Ron Stolle, Destination Hudson president. “Beginning in 2022, Destination Hudson will endeavor to use profits generated from such events to support the Hudson Schools Endowment scholarship program and other area organizations.”

The two organizations first joined forces, along with the city of Hudson, Merchants of Hudson and Hudson Chamber of Commerce, in January for the inaugural Sips & Bites restaurant tour. Sips & Bites showcases 21 city restaurants and offers participants visiting all establishments with their passport the chance to win prizes. The event runs through Aug. 31, and more information is available at http://destinationhudson.com/sipsandbites/.

Destination Hudson, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was formed in 2009 and is dedicated to promoting and preserving Hudson and its heritage and future by educating residents and visitors about what the city has to offer.

“We work in close cooperation with many Hudson organizations,” said Destination Hudson’s executive director, Liz Murphy. “We look forward to expanding the scope of our activities as we continue the great work of the Taste of Hudson for years to come.”

Destination Hudson operates the Hudson Visitor Center & Gift Shop in Town Hall at 27 E. Main St. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on Destination Hudson, visit www.destinationhudson.com.