American Graffiti Party

DAVID DIERKS Participants from last year’s Dancing with the Cars enjoyed a cocktail party outside before feasting on a tasty dinner inside the Orinda Country Club.

American Graffiti Party Kicks Off 14th Annual Classic Car Show


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The 14th annual Orinda Classic Car Show, coming to Orinda Sept. 8, is working on its pre-show party, Dancing With The Cars, slated for Sept. 7. The party, produced by Rotary Club of Orinda “kicks off the Car Show and is Orinda’s largest community-wide fundraiser, benefitting our seniors, our schools, the arts and more,” says Rotarian Barbara Bontemps before adding, “In addition to benefitting Orinda, proceeds also help with projects around the world.”

The theme this year is American Graffiti. “We are encouraging attendees to be guided by the movie and come dressed in early ‘60’s attire,” Bontemps says. She hopes that includes “Bouffant hair-dos and bows for the women and chinos and crew cuts for the guys.” The all-inclusive party starts at 5:30 p.m. and features silent and live auctions, a deluxe dinner menu, liberal libations, exclusive car displays, music and dancing.

Tickets are available at are $125 per person. A table of 12 is $1,450. Proceeds from the dinner benefit local charities, including Educational Foundation of Orinda, Rotary Club of Orinda, Lamorinda Arts Council, Orinda Starlight Village Players, Orinda Chamber of Commerce and other non-profit community partners. Bontemps says, “We are excited to be partnering with so many of our community organizations because we all bring something unique to the table for the benefit of the community. I guess you could say that Dancing with the Cars and the Car Show are your one-stop shopping way to support the entire community.”

The preshow party is sponsored by Mechanics Bank, Clark Thompson of Village Realty, and Park Place Wealth Advisors, Inc. “We are really pleased to have local sponsors step up to support our event,” says Bontemps.

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