Dancing with the Cars is Back

(David Dierks, Photographer)
Sponsored by the Orinda Rotary, Dancing with the Cars’ “A Night in Havana” event (photo taken 2018) is slated for Friday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., to be held on the Upper Level Plaza of the Orinda Library.

    It will be a night to remember when the community gathers for “Dancing with the Cars,” Friday, Sept. 9, on the Upper Level Plaza of the Orinda Library with a Cuban inspired buffet, mojitos, music and car displays.  
    There are silent and live auctions, with proceeds to benefit community projects sponsored by Orinda Rotary. Auction items include golf outings, jewels, dinner parties, firehouse dinner with Moraga-Orinda Fire Department, wine and more. 
    While this party offers so many things to enjoy, the real dessert for everyone is knowing they are improving people’s lives through projects supported by Orinda Rotary, which include Opera in the Park, Spring Egg Hunt, Teacher of the Year Awards and Miramonte High School Academic Scholarships.
    Some of the local charities receiving proceeds are Meals on Wheels, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, tutoring programs in Oakland and Tom Fitch Fishing Day for the Oakland Boys and Girls Clubs. The current international project is the Zambia Eye Clinic Solar Power Project. Orinda Rotary, now in its 74th year, is proud to belong to the world’s largest community service organization. 
    Rotary thanks Todd Trimple, Director of Orinda Parks and Rec, for securing the venue and sponsors and donors, including gold level sponsors Mechanics Bank, Davidson Home and Park Place Wealth Advisory. Event sponsors are Casa Orinda, Engeo Inc., Future Hyundai of Concord and Orinda Optometry Group.
    Rotarian Clay Deanhardt is happy to see this event after the pandemic hiatus.
    “It’s great to be able to have Dancing with the Cars this year,” said Deanhardt. “I am personally excited because I think it is the first citywide party since the pandemic started, and a fantastic way for us all to celebrate together outdoors while supporting many good causes.”
    He added, “This year is to be a real Dancing with Cars. We are proud to have authentic Cuban, Latin and Salsa music from Los Boleros, an amazing band that plays at festivals and events all over the Bay Area. For folks who may not have danced the Salsa for a while, Los Boleros will have a quick class during the show.”
    The Rotary thanks its many Advisors: Silver level sponsors Ivan P. Hwang, MD, Muir Ophthalmology and California Eye Clinic, Old Republic Title Co., Orinda Medical Group: Brian J. Candell, MD, Yenjean S. Hwang, MD, Shawn S. Rosen, MD, and Jessica Tsuei, MD; Orinda Shell Auto Care, and realtor Rodney Lal. 
    Tickets are $105 per person or $840 for a table of eight. Purchase by visiting www.Orindarotary.org and scrolling down to Dancing with Cars.

Bobbie Dodson can be reached at bobbiedodson109@gmail.com.

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