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October 04, 2008 - The Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance

What: 6th annual collector car, plane, motorcycle showcase/fundraiser

Where: Centennial airport

When: Saturday, October 4, 2008

Time: 5 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $125

Beneficiary: Cancer research for children

Host(s): Centennial Aiport: Robert Olislagers; Qwest: Steve Bloom; TAC Air: Dan Bryant

EMCEE: Gary Shapiro, KUSA 9News

Founders: Joan Slaughter and Steven Adams

Co-Chair(s): "Wings" Chair: Joe Thibodeau; "Wheels" Chair: Jim Walters; "Bikes" Coordinator: Steve Hawthorne; Ramp coordinator: Jeremy Lahr; Corporate Sponsorship: Steven Adams; Auction Co-Chairs: Jeungmi Woo & Lucy Selzer; Operations Chair: Terry Dennett; Volunteer Chair: Sheri Sutton; Logistics Chair: Debbie Walters

Executive Director: Joan Slaughter

Committee Members: Concours Committee: Kelly Anton, Barbara Bryant, Bill Bollendonk, Gail Breece, Jill & Shawn Copeland, Jordan DeHerrera, Bari DeJaynes, Gail Fawcett, MarLee Gross, Karen Hutchinson, Charlie Johnson, Terry Johnson, Neil Jones, Mary Lickei, John Milton, Jim Peterson, Norm Petitt, April Samaras, Stacy Schafer, Julie Shuck, Don Sutton and John Zayac

Libations: Beverage Distributors Corp., Flying Dog Brewery, RedBull, LaVazza Coffee, Reddy Ice

Catering: Aspasia Catering, City Bakery, Dickey's BBQ, Dreyer's, Garcia's, Hacienda Colorado, Italco Food Products, Japon, Maggiano's Little Italy, PF Chang's, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Quizno's, Strings and Whole Foods Market.

Entertainment: David Arthur and the Roundtable Band

Sponsors: LUXURY SPONSOR: Fetter Logic Inc., GRAND TOURING SPONSORS: TAC Air, Centennial Airport, Qwest, Chubb Collector Car Insurance, 5280 Magazine; WAR BIRD SPONSORS: American Airlines, CoBiz Financial, Hein & Associates LLP, Airways Express, Denver Jet Center, Noble Energy Inc., Bell Helicopter, Dovetail Solutions; COUPE SPONSORS: AirSure Limited, IBG Business Services, Murray Motor Imports, EKS&H, Meguiar's Inc., Russell Investments, Gerald L. Lukton Co. Inc., Motor Sport Country Club, Vectra Bank

Auctioneer: Don Martin, Martin Auctioneering

Attendance: 1,400

Attire: Business casual

Florist: Bouquets

Decor/Rental Company: Design: Bari DeJaynes Art & Design, Visual Image Solutions; Rentals: Karen Cain at Chair Rental; RSC Rentals, United Site Services and Colorado Golf & Turf

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress


 Andy Parks, left, with Emily Howell Warner, who was the nation's first female commercial pilot, (flying for Frontier in 1973) and Marilyn Taylor
Andy Parks, left, with Emily Howell Warner, who was the nation's first female commercial pilot, (flying for Frontier in 1973) and Marilyn Taylor

 

Do Ferraris make you drool? Porsches cause some daydreams? Mercedes Benz Gullwing make you hyperventilate? Vintage planes and motorcycles float your boat? If so, you would be a drooling, dreaming incapacitate after experiencing the sixth annual Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance Saturday night.

These were over-the-top, award-winning machines, on display for aficionados, for a cause that is equally as compelling: funding research for children with cancer. Children like Tanner, an 11-year old who was diagnosed in 1998 with a 4th ventricle posterior fossa Ependymoma and underwent a complete surgical resection and spent three grueling weeks in the hospital recovering. A VP shunt was installed in his head to control his hydrocepahalous caused by the tumor. As if that wasn't more than endurable, Tanner suffered a relapse in 2001 and underwent another surgical resection and received 33 rounds of radiation. Almost unbelievably, Tanner again relapsed in 2004 and endured a third resection. Tanner served as the Children's Hospital Ambassador in 2004, and is currently in remission and proudly stood on the stage Saturday night to help with the live auction.

Children like Allison Winn, an adorable third grader who immediately made you fall in love with her as she shyly stood on the stage, and who is valiantly fighting her cancer and designed a special "stink bug" t-shirt that went for $2,100. We all hope the funds raised during the Concours d'Elegance will help to eradicate the "stink bug" of a disease that has affected far too many young lives.

Supporters watched a heart-wrenching video in which some of the children and their families were profiled who are putting up the fight. Powerful words kept surfacing like "hope," "faith," "stay strong" and "look forward to the future." And we all pray that these kids, who should be laughing and playing and enjoying their innocence, can grow to enjoy their own families, much like Lyndsey Worthen, now 23 and cancer free for 10 years, and Christopher Henderson, who now has his own 4-year-old son.

People from all walks, or should we say rides, of life came together to appreciate and showcase the unique, beautiful machines and to lend support through the myriad of silent and live auction items. They were well fed by local eateries who brought delicious samplings, including: Aspasia Catering, City Bakery, Dickey's BBQ, Dreyer's, Garcia's, Hacienda Colorado, Italco Food Products, Japon, Maggiano's Little Italy, PF Chang's, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Quizno's, Strings and Whole Foods Market. Everyone was in an upbeat mood, largely thanks to the croonings of David Arthur and the Roundtable Band.

The goal of The Morgan Adams Foundation is to help ensure that children of the Rocky Mountain Region who are diagnosed with cancer have access to the best possible research and therapeutic options available.The Morgan Adams Memorial Neuro-Oncology research fund at The Children’s Hospital in Denver was started in November of 1998, after Morgan, age 6, lost her battle with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor. In 2001, artma, and in 2003, The Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance were conceived as new ways to increase the fund resources, thereby giving greater support to research efforts being conducted in neuro-oncology and other areas of childhood cancer.

"Every dollar counts, and every child counts," said Foundation co-founder Joan Slaughter. "They've made extraordinary progress in the last 10 years since Morgan died. We know the work we support is saving lives every day. They couldn't save our daughter. But they can save so many more now."

For more information about the Morgan Adams Foundation, log on to www.morganadamsfoundation.org.

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