Hudson -- The community is invited to the gala benefit "Toast to Hudson" on Feb. 24, at Lake Forest Country Club, 100 Lake Forest Dr, Hudson. The event typically sells out, so organizers ask people make reservations by calling 330-655-3580 or by contacting Amy Jordan at

The reservation deadline is Feb. 10.

Toast to Hudson celebrates community partnerships and benefits two of its most vital non-profit organizations: Hudson Community First and Hudson Community Foundation. "Toast to Hudson" has become one of the community's most eagerly awaited galas. Local residents Tim and Amy Clepper are the generous Title Sponsors.

Last year's single-night event raised nearly $50,000 to be shared by Hudson Community First and Hudson Community Foundation. The event includes delicious wines made available by Esber Beverage and Merryvale, generous hors d'oeuvres, and an extravagant silent auction. This year guests can look forward to bidding on vacation destinations, a sport fishing trip and a luxury sailing excursion. The night also includes a raffle to win a glamorous piece of jewelry donated by Jewelry Art and valued at more than $500.

The entire community of Hudson is invited. Ticket prices are $75 per person ($125 per couple) for Friend tickets and $120 per person ($200 per couple) for Patron tickets. Patron tickets include a listing in the program.

In addition to the Clepper's, sponsors include: Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics Hudson, American Endowment Foundation, Asian Sun, Augere Construction, Collection VW, Day Ketterer, ForTec Companies, Jo-Ann Stores, Kurtz & Co., PNC Bank, RAMCO and Roetzel & Andress. Sponsorships for the 2014 event are still available. Contact Lisa Drew at Hudson Community Foundation at 330-655-3580 for more information.