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2010 Dinner Dance - February 27

Annual Benefit Dinner Dance
The club has hosted a benefit dance since 1948. In its current format, the event is held at the Four Rivers Cultural Center and features a traditional Basque dinner, dance performance, lamb auction, and public dancing to live music.  To view photos from past years visit the photo gallery. For an overview of the 2004 dinner and dance view this video. The 58th Annual dinner and dance was covered in Euskalkultura.com

In addition to music by local band, Place your Marker, our 2004, 2005 and 2006 dances featured traditional Basque music by the Txantxan Gorriak of Boise led by Dan  Ansotegui from Boise. See Video of 2004 musicians.

 Dan plays trikitixa (the diatonic accordion) with the Basque folk group Gaupasa and instructs Boise's Txantxan Gorriak triki group. Chris plays guitar with Gaupasa. Nick Ansotegui and Madalen Bieter play panderoa, (tamborine) with the Txantxan Gorriak. Madalen and Nick took first and second place, respectively at the 2003 Great Basin Folk Festival Trikitixa Contest held in Elko.  The competition was judged by Basque Country triki masters Tapia and Leturia who had taught Dan's to play. You can read more about Boise's Txantxan Gorriak in this article from The Idaho Commission on the Arts Newsletter.


The dance has become known as a charitable community event, with the money going back into the community in a variety of forms. Among these is the Marge Plaza Memorial Scholarship, providing the newspaper to the hospital and paying for meat for senior dinners. In addition, a large donation is given to a selected charity each year.  In the past the Ontario Fire department and Holy Rosary Hospital have received this donation for the purchase of expensive equipment such as CAT scan equipment. The Senior Citizen Center, Project Dove, and Help Them to Hope are among many other charities that have received donations from the Ontario Basque Club.  Whatever is left over, after club insurance and operating costs, is used for events such as Festival of Trees, America’s Global Village and Festival, and fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Andrew Erquiaga, Julia Uberuaga and John Mendiguren

 Vintage Photo of Basque Apron and Overall Benefit Dance 1953