On Friday night the business offers a ‘big hug’ to the Flat Rock community – The News Herald

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On Friday night the business offers a ‘big hug’ to the Flat Rock community - The News Herald

While Rams fans are hoping for a victory over Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central High School on the gridiron, no matter what happens it will be a festive atmosphere with a business expo offering free give-aways and raffles, all the while showing appreciation to the football team, marching band members, cheerleaders and the local businesses that have supported them.

“Our summer festival was canceled because of our gas leak, so we’re just trying to have a little ‘thank you’ to the business community,” North said. “We’re letting them set up kiosks and booths at the game where they can sell things and have give-aways, like free T-shirts.”

The football game kicks off at 7 p.m., but the expo will begin about a half-hour earlier at Marvin Mittelstadt Field and will run until the end of the game.

This event is viewed as a “giant hug to the community,” including for those who have been so generous with their resources and time; as well as to Flat Rock Community High School students and staff. (Constance York — for MediaNews Group)

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  • With the recent gasoline spill that caused numerous residents to evacuate for several weeks and forced the cancellation of this year’s Flat Rock Riverfest, residents need something to celebrate.

  • Jeremiah North, assistant football coach and corporate liaison with the Booster Club, said the community needs this event, now more than ever.

North credits Athletic Director Jon Clair and school Supt. Andrew Brodie for coming up with the idea and making it happen. He said a business expo, in some form or another, has been held during most years since 2003. However, this one is expected to be bigger than most.

While North said he didn’t want to list an exact dollar amount, he did want to acknowledge that the Booster Club has received “tens of thousands of dollars” from generous businesses and individuals during a time of economic uncertainty for many local businesses.

He said there was little or no fundraising during the COVID-19 pandemic, so those donations were very much appreciated. Those who attend are invited to sing along with the band as they showcase hit songs from The Eagles. (Constance York — for MediaNews Group)

This event is viewed as a “giant hug to the community,” including for those who have been so generous with their resources and time; as well as to Flat Rock Community High School students and staff, including athletes, cheerleaders and members of the school’s marching band. Those who attend are invited to sing along with the band as they showcase hit songs from The Eagles, and join cheerleaders as they lead the crowd with spirited chants from the sidelines.