More than 300 people turned out to support the Kidney Foundation of Summit County on Saturday evening with a family-style dinner at Todaro’s Party Center in Akron.

The kick-off dinner included an open bar, wine, bourbon and cigar tasting and entertainment. There was a 50/50 raffle that included a vintage pedal car and silent and oral auction.

The weekend was to include the sixth annual Molto Bella Auto Show on Sunday at Stan Hywet, but that was postponed until Sunday, Sept. 16, because of poor weather.

This year’s committee included Carolyn Henretta, director of the Kidney Foundation of Summit County; David Nelson; Sean Joyce; and Frank Todaro.

The car show is in memory of Todaro’s late father, Mel. Todaro said, “We are pulling some serious cars from around the country.”

Wade White and his wife, Katie, were in town from Texas. He brought his 1963 Chevrolet. “This is one of the most iconic cars ever made, with its split window,” he said.

“I’m a car guy who collects, drives and works on cars,” said Jerry Barker.

“I probably have 40 or 50 cars of my own and some of them will be in the car show next weekend,” said Chris Whitis of C.P. Automotive.

Joining Whitis at a table were Roger Taylor, Anne Graham, Scott Power, Lou Falcone and Joe Piscazzi.

“I’ve supported this cause since they started,” said Sheila Paolucci, who came with her husband, John.

Other supporters included Eric Van Sant, Ivan and Matt Plesich and Ivan’s wife Ashley, as well as Lisa Turno, Bob and Anita Rose and Susan and Brian Orians.

Susan said, “My father-in-law died two years ago from kidney failure and we are here to offer our support.”