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August 18, 2007 - The Morgan Adams 2007 Concours d'Elegance

What: Aircraft and automobile review

Where: XJet at Centennial Airport

When: August 25, 2007

Time: 6 p.m.; flybys at 6:45 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $100

Beneficiary: Children's cancer research

EMCEE: Gary Shapiro, KUSA 9News

Founders: Joan Slaughter and Steven Adams

Committee Members: Executive Committee: "Wings" Chair: Joe Thibodeau; "Wheels" Chair: Jim Walters; Auction Chair: Gail Breece; Logistics: Terry Dennett, Debbie Walters; Ramp Coordinator: Jeremy Lahr; Volunteer Coordinator: Sheri Sutton; Corporate Sponsor Chairs: Steven Adams and Scott Braun

Staff: Key Personnel: Charlotte Lawson, Shannon Gaut, Sheri Sutton

Speaker: Brad and Robin Haight

Libations: courtesy of Beverage Distributors, Flying Dog Brewery, LaVazza Coffee and Red Bull

Catering: Samplings from Aspasia Catering, Dickey's Barbeque Pit, Dreyer's, Hacienda Colorado, Italco Food, Japon, Maggiano's, O'Shea's, Pappadeaux, Paradise Bakery, PF Chang's China Bistro, Strings, Tamayo and Whole Foods

Entertainment: David Arthur and the Roundtable Band

Sponsors: Luxury Sponsors: American Airlines, XJet, Fetter Logic, Rothschild Safari; Grand Touring Sponsors: 5280, KCUV 102.3 FM, The Theodore Financial Group, Inc. & Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Centennial Airport, Oster Jewelers, Dovetail Solutions, UMB Bank; War Bird Sponsors: Adam Aircraft Industries, Beverage Distributors, IBG Business Services, Noble Energy, Airways Express, CoBiz Financial, Lighting Services, Inc., Vectra Bank, Auto Aficionado, Denver Jet Center, Mayo Aviation; Coupe Sponsors: Airsure Limited & Van Gilder Insurance, Chipotle, EKS&H, Lamborghini Denver, Russell, Aviation Sales, Clarion Hotel, Fiduciary Counsel, ListenUp, US Aero, Bouquets, D.H. Ruggles & Associates, Gerald L. Lukton Co., Inc., Murray Motors, W.G. Nielsen & Co.

Auctioneer: Martin Auctioneering

Quote of the evening: "I will live my life with strength and courage to honor him"--a mother who lost her child to cancer, profiled in the video

Attendance: 1,400

Attire: casual

Florist: Bouquets

Event Coordinator: Joan Slaughter

Board of Directors: Brad Haight, Chairman of the Board; Steven Adams, Valerie Appelbaum, Scott Braun, Bari DeJaynes, Dominique DiTommaso, Keith Redmond, Debbie Stoffel, Joan Slaughter, Executive Director

Steering Committee: The Concours Committee: Richard & Leslie Allen, Kelly Anton, Katherine Blair, Andy Boian, Bill Bollendonk, Bari DeJaynes, Courtney Derosier, Stephanie Gawler, Kyle Henderson, Tim Hughes, Charlie Johnson, Terry Johnson, Neil Jones, Tammy Krause, Shelley McEachern, Brittney McLaughlin, Jim Peterson, Norm Petitt, Don Sutton, Tre Urso, John Zayac

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Steve Adams and Joan Slaughter, founders of the Morgan Adams Foundation and the Concours D'Elegance event (left), with Susan and George Richart and Paula Reid. Gabrielle, in front, is celebrating her 10th birthday today.
Steve Adams and Joan Slaughter, founders of the Morgan Adams Foundation and the Concours D'Elegance event (left), with Susan and George Richart and Paula Reid. Gabrielle, in front, is celebrating her 10th birthday today.

Anyone who is a car or plane aficionado was in Seventh Heaven August 25 as the 2007 Morgan Adams Concours D'Elegance brought out some of the most magnificent pieces of mobile machinery in the world. 

The event brings together a collection that spans all collectible eras, representing an incredible array from the earliest significant air/auto to breathtaking modern jets and super cars. If your passion is aircraft, there were dozens of some of the most unique and rare planes, one as early as 1917, present, as well as opportunities to buy rides in some of them through the live and silent auctions. There were flybys that included everything from biplanes to leer jets.

And the cars, oh, the exquisite cars! were present and accounted for. Each was more breathtaking than the one next to it, spanning the opulent era of the '20s, '30s and '40s with masterpieces like the Auburn Speedster Boattail, Cord Sportsman and the Bentley Blower, through the '50s and '60s, including "James Bond" type cars: Ferraris, Porsches, Jaguars and up to modern day Mercedes, Lamborghinis, and even a limited edition Ford GT40. There were even some rare 1950s motorcycles to ogle. Owners were mingling with attendees, describing their passion for their masterpieces and facts about the uniqueness and quality that goes into them. In between appreciating the cars and planes, guests were invited to sample food and drink offerings from area restaurants and disbributors, all to the tunes of the upbeat David Arthur and the Roundtable Band crooning Sinatra and Bennett favorites.

All of these fascinating and achingly beautiful machines were brought out on this sizzling summer evening to benefit the Morgan Adams Foundation's mission, that being a wish to honor the love and lives of the children who are suffering and have suffered from cancer and to educate and increase understanding of childhood cancers, and as the program suggested, "to blend our memories and our hopes with our determination to raise money to further a common goal: a CURE." A poignant video was shown with heart-wrenching testimony from parents and loved ones who have lost a child to cancer, and some who are still fighting and hopefully winning. There really are no words to describe the devastation experienced by those who have lost their child so early.

The Morgan Adams Foundation was founded in October of 2003 by Joan Slaughter and Steven Adams, inspired by the memory of their daughter, Morgan, whose life was taken in 1998 by a brain tumor when she was six years old. Joan and Steven have been able to raise more than $300,000 in three short years to benefit cancer research programs at Children's Hospital.

In the United States, the incidence of cancer is increasing among adolescents and young adults at a greater rate than in any other age group, except those older than 65 years.For more information on how you can help and about the Morgan Adams Foundation, log on to

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