Gatsby Under the Stars Gala

Evening affair kicks off the Grand Prix of Scottsdale weekend

The Grand Prix of Scottsdale weekend kicked off with the Gatsby Under the Stars Gala on Nov. 3. More than 600 guests attended the nighttime affair on and around the Scottsdale Waterfront Bridge. Drivers were able to display their custom vintage racers, mix and mingle with the competition and supporters, and enjoy food and libations.

The gala raised about $50,000 benefiting two-year charity partner Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development.

In its third consecutive year, Vintage Kart Company hosted the Grand Prix of Scottsdale on Nov. 3-5, at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The streets of downtown Scottsdale were transformed into a 21st century version of the Roaring ’20s. More than 20,000 attendees from across the Valley gathered to partake in the three-day Gatsby experience. Each year, racing teams have the opportunity to custom-design their own vintage racers through Mesa-based Vintage Kart Company and compete against friends, colleagues and corporate rivals. The official race day was Sun., Nov. 5.

In addition to the gala, Gatsby Garden Parties were held on Saturday and Sunday. Party attendees enjoyed a variety of beers, wines, cocktails and food in a culinary event atmosphere. About $80,000 was raised over the weekend to support Southwest Human Development. The funds will go toward families across Arizona, with children ages birth to 5, who are in need of educational and overall welfare support. The local charity provides 40 innovative programs and services to 135,000 children and their families.

Gatsby Under the Stars Gala also featured the third annual “It’s a Date!” Singles Auction to support the Care Fund. Auction attendees had the opportunity to bid on 15 influential Valley singles and their specially designed dream dates to benefit the families supported by the local charity.

PHOTOS BY GARY HELLAND PHOTOGRAPHY

Casey Garden, Lisette Lent, Heidi Torres, Robyn Forsythe and Debbie Marquez

Jim King, AJ Bordinko, Lauren Davis, Carrie Bordinko, Cheryl McCue, Marti Zayac, Cindy Almeida, Fabio Alemeida and John Zayac

Antoria and Dat Tran

Kendrick Reeg, Jacynda Smith, Michael Gallagher, Nicole DeSantis, Ashley Hatfield, Zack Hendrickson and Alicia Gimme

Ashlee Miller, Michael Banovac, Lauren Swanson and David Tyda

Monica Staats, Cecilia Strabala, Maria Luna, Jim and Cheryl Ford, Kerry and Kaitlynn Swick, Teresa Martin, Tony Bennett and Doug Buxbaum

Erica Wilson, Jeffery Hawke, Adrianna Baum, Scott Grigg, Kayley Duncan, Deseree Flores, BJ Flores and Lindsay Hahn

Linda Gill, Richard Gill, Ray Tiedje, Nancy Tiedje, Ed Dietrich and Ann Dietrich

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