The Rotary Club of Hudson released a partial listing of major gifts to be auctioned during its upcoming 34th annual Gala at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg, May 18. Last year’s Gala was the most successful ever, raising more than $75,000 in gross revenues. The event features both silent and live auctions along with a full course dinner and complimentary bar open throughout the evening. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres start at 6:00 pm along with the silent auction.
Mayor Dave Basil remarked that “Hudson is fortunate to have caring citizens who reach out to help important community causes and youth-oriented programs” while Representative Kristina Roegner noted that “Hudson Rotary truly exemplifies the philanthropic and altruistic nature of our community.”
Featured beneficiaries this year include the Gift of Life of Northeast Ohio, Hudson Community First’s “Uncharted Waters: What Every Senior Needs to Know Before Going to College” and Hudson EMS Outreach’s new innovative program for senior citizens, RUOK?. Also benefiting will be Hudson students involved in the Service Learning Program, receiving Rotary scholarships and participating in Boy Scouts Troop 321.
Major gifts for the 2018 live auction include:
  • One week’s lodging at a Breckenridge, Colorado ski in-ski out mountainside town home , courtesy of Kristina Roegner.
  • Party for up to 18 people in a private Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway lounge and observation car on a regularly scheduled excursion through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The fabled St Lucie Sound car was the personal railcar of the President of the Florida East Coast Railway and has been lavishly restored.
  • A 4-6 day Great Lakes freighter voyage for 4 to 6 people on an Interlake Steamship Company vessel leaving from lower Michigan by river and proceeding across lakes Huron and Superior through the Sault Ste. Marie locks to Duluth, Minnesota or Marquette, Michigan where it will load for its return trip.
  • A two-hour summer cruise on Lake Erie for 6 guests, starting at the Vermilion Yacht Club with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres on board the Blue Skye and dinner at the club to follow, courtesy of Tom and Barbara McDonald.
  • A one month use of a convertible donated by Do Sitts Auto Group in Cuyahoga Falls.
  • Comprehensive orthodontic care provided by well respected authorities, John White, owner of “Braces by White” and his partner Dr. Aminoshariae, valued at $6840 for a child or adult.
  • Basket of assorted wine chosen by Rotarians to please a range of palates donated by the Rotary Club of Hudson Board
To register to attend the Gala, review auction items and/or make gifts,please go to You may also contact co-chairs Gail Royster at or Ron Strobl at with any questions. Rotary members are People of Action applying leadership to solving social issues, tackling community challenges and finding lasting solutions to the world’s systemic problems.