OKLAHOMA CITY (March 3, 2017) – The Oklahoma City International Auto Show will be wall-to-wall cars during the day during the weekend of March 10-12, but Friday evening will be about raising money for a great cause through the Auto Show Gala.

The charitable Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the new Bennett Event Center at Oklahoma State Fair Park. The Gala will cap the first day of activities for the OKC Auto Show, which will be providing entertainment for all who attend in the same location.

With proceeds from the Gala going to 10 Strong, the Gala will hold a silent as well as a live auction while also providing live entertainment such as dueling pianos and a speed painter.

Each of the staff members of 10 Strong is a mom whose own child spent time dealing with cancer on the 10th floor of the OU Children’s Hospital. What began in 2013 as an organized effort to bring some joy to the families in the cancer unit became an official charity in June 2015. Every Wednesday, the staff at 10 Strong visits the kids on the 10th floor. Whether it is waffle night, an ice cream social, movie night or even an Italian soda bar, Wednesdays are considered “the best day to fight cancer.”

“What better way to end the first day of the Oklahoma City International Auto Show than to help raise money for a fantastic cause,” Chairman John Holt said. “10 Strong does great work in helping bring joy to the lives of kids whose lives are being affected by cancer, and we are happy to be a part of any efforts that will raise money toward helping those kids and their families.”

The Oklahoma City Auto Show is one of the largest consumer shows in Oklahoma and will feature a variety of entertaining activities for adults and kids of all ages. In addition to the Gala, the 100th anniversary event will include a re-creation of the event from a century ago with 44 one hundred-year-old and vintage cars; the Auto Show 5K race; the opportunity to test drive 24 cars and trucks from FCA, Toyota and Chevrolet; the Hall of Fame NASCAR exhibit; exotic cars; an 18-hole mini golf course; a “Coffee and Cars” event; and lots and lots of 2017 new cars and trucks from 27 automobile brands.

“Everyone has worked so hard to help us put this great event together,” Peter Hodges, president of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, said. “The OKC Auto Show Gala provides an opportunity for us to celebrate 100 years of bringing the auto show to the public. Also, knowing that we are raising money to help out the families touched by 10 Strong brings an even greater purpose to the Gala.”

The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association was formed on May 4, 1916 as the Oklahoma City Motor Car Dealers’ Association, and the first OKC Auto Show was held January 23-26, 1917.

This year’s Oklahoma City Auto Show will be one of the first major consumer shows to take place in the new, state of-the-art Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park. Attendees will have the experience of enjoying the show under one roof with immediate access to all of the exhibits and events.

Those interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to go to for additional information. Discounts are available for tickets purchased online. Buy one get one free coupons are available at local 7-Eleven stores, Red Coyote running and fitness and Solid Rock Basketball.

Among the automaker brands participating in the show are Alfa Romeo, Acura, Buick, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Explorer Van, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Ram, Smart, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The OKC Auto Show is sponsored in part by State Farm, 7-Eleven and The Oklahoman.

The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Oklahoma City and is the producer of the OKC Auto Show.