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Pool party to benefit Ronald McDonald House

Garrett Hudson, left, along with Nick Strange are two of three friends who have planned the glow-in-the-dark bang pool party to benefit Ronald McDonald House.- Photo submitted
Summer is almost here and Farragut resident Garrett Hudson plans to kick it off with a bang – a glow-in-the-dark bang, to be exact.

Garrett, a 10th - grader at Berean Christian High School, along with friends Nick Strange, a 2011 Bearden High School graduate, Daniel Van der Mewre, a BCHS student and local disk jockey Jason Brantley, has planned the Fantastic End of School Glow in the Dark Bash pool party at his neighborhood pool to benefit Ronald McDonald House.

Garrett is charging $7 per person to enter, with the exception of people who live in the subdivision.

“I am not going to charge someone to use their own pool,” he said.

The entrance fee, over and above Garrett’s out of pocket cost for the party, will be donated to Ronald McDonald House.

Garrett said he and his friends already had been planning to have a pool party when inspiration struck.

“We decided ‘Why do we need all of this money. we might as well go ahead and help a charity. So we just thought of Ronald McDonald House,” Garrett said.

“When I was a child I had leukemia and my parents used to stay at Ronald McDonald House,” Nick said.

“So I feel great about giving back, since my parents used resources that Ronald McDonald House offered,” he added.

“My family and I had wanted to go to the Ronald McDonald House and help them recently, but we have just been really busy, so I thought, ‘Why don’t we just do this to benefit them?” Garrett said.

He also wanted to give to Ronald McDonald house because they have a local presence.

“I like to give to local stuff,” Garrett said.

“I understand people go halfway around the world and help in places in Africa, but what about the people right next door to you? If everyone would just help who lives next door to them, we’d all be OK,” he added.

Garrett and Nick also plan to help Ronald McDonald House physically.

“We are going to go over and spend a few hours just helping them do stuff when we present the check,” he said.

Garrett said he expects the party to be “pretty fun.”

“It is a pool party, and that is fun. We have a disk jockey coming in who specializes in party music. And we have a few up-and-coming local rappers,” he added.

Local rappers expected to perform at the party include: Nick, Lil Mutt, Auzzy and K.O.

“We are going to have a bunch of glow-in-the-dark stuff. The disk jockey has all the set up. He is going to bring black lights, strobe lights, disco lights, the whole set up. We are going to buy some glow sticks and make it just light up. We expect the people to come in clothes that will light up under the black light,” Garrett said.

Garrett has covered his bases as far as safety measures.

“We hired a bunch of lifeguards and there will be a couple of parents there as chaperones, to just kind of make sure it doesn’t turn into some kind of crazy party,” he said.

Although the party will be chaperoned, Garrett said it really is not geared toward young children.

“We are hoping for high schoolers only,” he added.

Garrett set up a Facebook Event page for the party and already has had more than 200 people RSVP. That means, unfortunately, that the guest list is closed, as Garrett does not want to overcrowd the pool.

Those who have made the guest list should be aware refreshments will be basic.

“We don’t want to spend too much money on food because that takes away from the money we could be giving to Ronald McDonald House, so we are just going to buy a bunch of cokes and some chips. At 8 p.m., we expect people will have already eaten anyway,” Garrett said.


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