The Rotary Club of Hudson and its charitable foundation have announced plans for their 28th annual auction and dinner May 17, at the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn.

This year's theme is "Fostering a Generation of Healthy Hearts, Minds and Bodies." Proceeds will be used to support Gift of Life (helping third-world children with heart disease), the Hattie Larlham Foundation and Hudson Special Olympics. Over the years, the auction has been a major source of funding for the Hudson Rotary Foundation, which has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to worthy organizations both in northeast Ohio and as far away as Africa.

Individuals and organizations wanting to support the auction and its beneficiaries can do so in a number of ways - by purchasing tickets, donating auction items, advertising in the auction program or becoming an official sponsor. Tickets cost $75 per person and include the full cost of dinner and cocktails. They can be purchased from any member of the morning Rotary Club, by calling auction co-chair Ron Strobl at 234-380-5440, or by sending a check payable to Hudson Rotary Foundation at Post Office Box 323, Hudson, OH 44236.

"The Rotary auction has become one of the area's premier social events," Strobl said. "This year's event has the added plus of focusing solely on children who need our assistance and support."

The May 17 gala will begin with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction before guests proceed to the main dining room for a three-course dinner. An oral auction of high-value items follows, capped off by a reverse raffle. Auction items in previous years have included train rides, dinners, jewelry, art, sports tickets and use of a vacation condo.

The Rotary Club of Hudson has over 65 members from business and various professions and is devoted to Rotary's worldwide motto of "Service Above Self." The club meets every Wednesday morning in the auditorium at Laurel Lake Retirement Community for breakfast and a program. Meetings can be viewed on Hudson Cable Television.