Party Planning Gets Underway for 15th Annual Classic Car Show

(David Dierks, Photographer)
Guests arrive at the Orinda Country Club for last year’s Dancing with the Cars, raising funds for local nonprofits and celebrating the next day’s Classic Car Show.

    The 15th annual Orinda Classic Car Show, coming Sept. 7, is working on its pre-show party, Dancing with the Cars, happening on Sept. 6.
    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. 
    The theme this year is “Wheels that Won the West.” 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.
    The venue for the party is moving to Orinda’s Art and Garden Center at Wilder. “We’ve had successful events at Orinda Country Club but we felt it would be appropriate to have it at the Art and Garden Center, the City of Orinda’s newest event center. It’s the perfect venue to inaugurate the center,” says Rotarian and event organizer Ken Jew. “We have committees that will be developing the bid items, obtaining sponsors, planning the party event (including decorations), and selling tickets.” 
    “The money we raise funds many events such as Opera in the Park, the Teacher of the Year event, and most recently, the annual Orinda Field Day,” says Jew. 
    Tickets, available at, are $130 per person or a table of 8 is $1,000. 
    Proceeds from the dinner also benefit local charities, including Educational Foundation of Orinda, The Orinda Association, Orinda Parks and Rec., Rotary Club of Orinda, Orinda Arts Council, Orinda Starlight Village Players, Orinda Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofit community partners. 
    “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,” says Bontemps.
    The pre-show party is sponsored by Mechanics Bank and Park Place Wealth Advisors, Inc.
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(David Dierks, Photographer)
Attendees at last year’s Dancing with the Cars enjoyed viewing the spectacular vehicles on display.

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