MIDLAND (WWJ) — Northwood University will host the third annual Northwood University Auto Show Gala Friday, Sept. 27 at the Midland Country Club.

The theme for this year’s fundraiser is “You and Me in ‘63.”

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A strolling dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a live auction to follow at 7:30 p.m.

The event plans to celebrate the Auto Show’s 50th anniversary with a showcase of vehicles from 1963 and bringing back The Simone Vitale Band for dancing following the auction.

Live auction items include an Oakland Hills Country Club golf package, a guided fly fishing trip for two, the Walk to Free Enterprise, your own private dinner experience in Joe Louis Arena and weekend at The Breakers to attend Northwood’s Outstanding Business Leaders Awards.

All net proceeds benefit the Town & Campus Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Alumni Legacy Student Scholarship Fund.

This year’s Presenting sponsor is Ford Motor Co. Platinum sponsor is The Display Group and the Gold sponsor is The Dow Chemical Co.
Guests are encouraged to support the “You and Me in ‘63” theme and the Northwood University International Auto Show’s 50th anniversary by wearing or accessorizing in gold.

To purchase tickets in advance online, visit http://www.northwood.edu/alumni. For more information please contact Julie Felske, executive director of alumni relations, at (989) 837-4436 or felske@northwood.edu.

The 50th annual auto show itself, meanwhile, will feature more than 500 vehicles. This year’s theme, “Cruising Through the Golden Anniversary,” focuses on where the show, as well as the automotive industry, has been, where it is now and where it hopes to go in the future.

Brands being spotlighted this year include Bentley-Rolls Royce. This high-end manufacturer is new to the show and will be showcasing its best, most luxurious vehicles.

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Also new to the show this year is the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association. This aftermarket automotive company is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. SEMA members work to make vehicles more convenient, fun, attractive and unique by buying, selling and using all kinds of specialty parts and accessories.

As it does every year, the show will also feature several vehicles from the Lingenfelter Collection, which has a lineup of some of the world’s most sought-after classic and contemporary cars, many which are limited to only a very small number produced.

This year’s display will include, among others, a 2011 LTA Convertible Firebird-Camaro, a 1967 Kustom Corvette and a 2010 ZR1 Corvette. The Lingenfelter display will give Auto Show visitors an up-close view of some of the most interesting and exciting cars in the industry from a variety of different makes and models, such as classic muscle cars, exotics and an extensive Corvette collection.

Also from the Lingenfelter Collection and on display with Team Cadillac is the 2010 Supercharged Escalade that was raced in the American version of Top Gear.

Porsche, another well-known luxury brand, will once again be making its appearance at the Northwood Auto Show. On display will be its 911 model. With its distinctive design, this vehicle is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary and is sure to be a popular car among guests to the show.

Show hours are Friday, Sept. 27 from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many exhibits will line Northwood’s campus Mall Walk and offer a variety of food, information and entertainment.

The Auto Show is free of charge, offers free parking and is open to the public. For more information and a schedule of events, visit http://www.northwood.edu/autoshow or call (989) 837-4823 or (989) 837-4423.

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Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.