August 21, 2010 - Concours d'Elegance 2010
What: The Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance--An Extraordinary “Wheels and Wings” Event
Where: TAC Air facility at Centennial Airport
When: Saturday, August 21, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Beneficiary: The Morgan Adams Foundation and The Children's Hospital
EMCEE: Gary Shapiro, 9News
Founders: Joan Slaughter, Steven Adams and Brett Derosier
Executive Director: Joan Slaughter
Staff: Kelly Anton – PR Coordinator, Robyn Frahm - Corporate Sponsorship, John Groom – Volunteer Accountant, Julie King – Special Events Coordinator, Charlotte Lawson – Assistant to the Executive Director, Rachelle Montanaro – Communications Coordinator and Joan Slaughter – Executive Director
Catering: City Bakery, Darcy's, Dreyer's, ECO Products, Garcia's, Itaco Food Products, Japon, Maggiano's Little Italy, PF Chang's China Bistro, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Strings Restaurant
Sponsors: Chubs Collector Car Insurance, Noble Energy, Qwest, Meguiars, Newmont, Russell Inestments, Centenial Airport, 5280 Magazine, TAC Air, Hein & Associates LLP, American Airlines, Bouquets, EKS&H, Murray Motors, Multimedia Audio Visual, Allegra Print and Imaging, Ferrari of Denver, Ramada Hotel and Suites-Denver South
Planning Committee: Steven Adams – Event Co-Chair, Bari DeJaynes – Design Team, Terry Dennett – Operations Coordinator, Tom Durkin – Concours Auction Chair, Deb Gorney –, Volunteer Chair, Steve Hawthorne – “Bikes” Chair, Tim Hughes – Design Team, Jeremy Lahr – Ramp Coordinator, Joe Thibodeau – “Wings” Chair, Debbie, Walters – Concours Logistics Chair and Jim Walters –“Wheels” Chair
Board of Directors: Bradley Haight, Board Chair, Debbie Stoffel, Treasurer, Nikki DiTommaso, Secretary, Bari DeJaynes, Gail Fawcett, David Fetter, Kay Griffin, Keith Redmond and Brett M. Derosier, co-founder and event chair, Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance
Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer
Pilots John Zayac and Julie Smith
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Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~Jane Howard
Despite its beautiful and elegant name, the Concours D Elegance is as much a family gathering as anything else. Imagine a few hundred moms, dads, uncles, aunts and children coming together to enjoy each other's company and share a common love of airplanes, classic cars and motorcycles, and you have the Concours.
No family gathering is complete without food, and each year a rich variety of food is provided by fine restaurants and caterers such as Maggiano’s Little Italy, PF Chang’s China Bistro and Pappadeaux to name just a few. Gift giving is also a tradition when families get together and in this too, Morgan Adams events are no exception. Silent and live auctions can be seen as a gift that goes three ways.
One--the item is donated to the auction, two--the winning bidder takes home a wonderful prize and three--the proceeds go to help save and improve the lives of children with cancer.
CEO Joan Slaughter and Steven Adams set a tone of humility, fun and sincerity, and that is reflected in the staff, volunteers and even supporters and guests at the event. Many of the entrants and attendees at the Concours dress with as much care and thought as goes into preparing a car for the show; fine suits and evening gowns are often the attire. Joan and Steven welcome everyone by being dressed comfortably in casual clothes.
It seems as if every year the weather smiles on the supporters of the Morgan Adams Foundation, and this year was no different. Tall clouds and a slowly setting sun provided the perfect backdrop for the flight of planes and the sparkle and flash of light over polished and groomed automobile bodies. A hundred years of auto history was on display, from the 1911 Rambler to the 2011 Ferrari Italia. There were airplanes reaching back to the 1917 Fokker DR1 all the way to the 2009 Cirrus SR22 Turbo. Motorcyles have been invited to attend as well in the last few years and this year there were Harley Davidsons, Indians and even a vintage Peugeot.
To insure the smooth running of the auctions a squadron of volunteers manned a bank of computers. One indication of the enthusiastic support for the foundation is seen in the number of volunteers. An attendee had but to turn their head and find a blue shirted volunteer there to be of service.
Another blessing of families is the support they give each other in times of crisis, and the illness of a child may be the greatest crisis any family faces. When Morgan Adams' family faced that difficult time, the doctors, nurses and staff of The Children’s Hospital provided some of that support. The Foundation has multiplied that love and support a hundred fold.
With events like Artma, Beer, Brats & Bras, What’s up Doc, Comedy Night and of course the Concours D Elegance the Morgan Adams Foundation raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to battle childhood cancer. Although the funding is crucial, the love, emotional support and service that connect families and friends through the foundation are no less important.