The Rotary Club of Hudson has released a partial listing of gifts for the live auction during its 35th annual Gala at the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn May 17. Last year’s gala raised $67,000 in gross revenues to support community projects.

The event features both silent and live auctions along with a full course dinner and a complimentary bar open throughout the evening. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres kick off the silent auction at 6 p.m.

"Once again Rotary is engaging the community to support important programs and help build a strong community," said Hudson Council President Bill Wooldredge.

"Thank you for your support of Hudson Community First and its relevant programming for youth," added Council member Beth Bigham.

Featured beneficiaries this year include the Hudson Community First’s "Uncharted Waters, what every senior needs to know before going to college;" the Gift of Life of Northeast Ohio, providing heart surgery for Haitian children in need; and Boy Scout Troop 321 for help in refurbishing the log cabin meeting place on Main Street originally built by Rotary in 1931.

Also benefiting from the gala will be ongoing scholarships and the Service Learning Program at Hudson High School.

Major gifts donated so far for the 2019 live auction include:

• A comprehensive orthodontic care package for a child or an adult provided by John White, DDS, MSD, owner of Smiles by White, worth $6,500. White offers both Invisalign and traditional metal braces in that he can achieve the same results with both options at the same cost. He lets patients choose which treatment they prefer. White is recognized as one of the top orthodontists in the country;

• Four-hour nautical excursion for six people aboard Tom and Barb McDonald’s 38-foot classic Maine cruiser. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while underway and a gourmet dinner back at the dock. Watch a magnificent Lake Erie sunset from the Vermilion Yacht Club; and

• A sports convertible for the month of June or July generously donated by Don Sitts Auto Sales in Cuyahoga Falls, valued at $2,500. Last year the "ride" was a silver 2018 Camaro convertible shown in the photo with Ron Strobl, chairman of the gala;

• An Akron Rubber Ducks VIP game package at Canal Park. The package consists of four behind home plate tickets, a behind the scenes tour of Canal Park and a ceremonial first pitch; and

• A basket of assorted vintage wines chosen by Rotarians to please a range of palates, donated by the Rotary Club of Hudson Board and the Gala Committee, and valued at $500.

To register to attend the gala, to review auction items and/or make gifts, go to People may also contact Chairman Ron Strobl at or co-chairs Kris Barker at or Marilyn Orr at