The annual Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society Auction is Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Abingdon Ruritan Club in Bena. The event is sponsored by Chesapeake Bank and is the society's largest annual fundraiser.

Other sponsors include Naked Mountain Winery, Middle Peninsula Resources, Clay and Madeline Mayhood in support of Helen's Gift -- a fund created in memory of Madeline Mayhood's mother for animals in crisis due to owner aging, illness, or death -- Dan and Cam Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richter, Mr. and Mrs. P.B. White and Sentara Healthcare.

Companies that have purchased ads in support of the event include Neena Rodgers Isabell K. Horsley Real Estate, Orvis Corp., Legacy Financial Services and Wynne Ford and Wynne Volvo of Hampton.

Among the items to be auctioned include a wooden canoe and paddles, artwork by Nancy Thomas and other artists, prints by John Barber, weeks at vacation homes, antique furniture and jewelry. General admission reservations are $45 and reserved seating tables for eight are available for $450. Information: Shannon Fedors at 804-642-4320 or by email at fedors@crossroadsmediainc.com.

For information about the event or sponsoring it, contact Joyce Richter at 804-694-7835 or email at jpr8080@cox.net.