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August 27, 2011 - Concours D' Elegance raises funds for cancer research

What: Car, bike and airplane show, with auctions

Where: Centennial Airport

When: Saturday, August 27, 2011

Time: 6 p.m.

Beneficiary: Morgan Adams Foundation

Host(s): Centennial Airport, Century Link and TAC Air

EMCEE: Gary Shapiro, 9News anchorman

Founders: Steven Adams and Joan Slaughter

Committee Members: Gail Breece, Steve Hawthorne, Julie Rae Davis, Julie King, Debbie Walters, Rachelle Montanaro, John Groom, John Milton, Deb Gorney, Jim Walters, Joe Thibodeau, Terry Dennett

Music: Michael Hornbuckle Band

Sponsors: Newmont Minning, Decon Labs, Chubb Collector Car Insurance, 5280 Magazine, Centennial Airport, Beverage Distributors, Century Link, Hein & Associates, TAC Air, Airways Express, Dovetail Solutions, Russell Investments, American Airlines, Noble Energy, Xanadu Aviation, Bouquets, Redhead Writing, CoBiz, Meguiar's, EKS&H, Merrill Lynch Hamstra Berger, Ferrari of Denver

Auctioneer: Don Martin

Attendance: estimated 500

Attire: casual

Florist: Bouquets

Blacktie Photos by: LeRoy Standish

 Dr. Curt Kimball with his 1956 T-28 Navy trainer
Dr. Curt Kimball with his 1956 T-28 Navy trainer

Morgan Adams Concours D' Elegance accelerates cancer research

Whether arriving by ground or by air the show stoppers — a varied collection of classic cars and motorbikes as well as vintage aircraft — wowed the crowd at the 2011 Morgan Adams Foundation Concours D' Elegance, held Aug. 27 at Centennial Airport.

Over the last decade the annual event has raised almost $1 million for pediatric cancer research. This year attendees had the opportunity to bid in a silent auction and a live auction to support cancer research.
A highlight of the afternoon was a fly over of vintage WW II aircraft. The sky streaked with smoke and the ground rumbled as the piston powered war birds thundered over head in pursuit of enemies long since vanquished in wars gone by.

For those who like to keep their feet on the ground, but also enjoy the wind in their hair, there was an array of classic motorcycles on display. And there were some awesome 4-wheeled ground pounders in the forms of Ferraris, Penoz's, Mercedes, Bentley and even a classic Shelby Mustang.

But the lure of flight and the intoxication of speed were not the only draw to the crowd. No, the estimated 500 attendees where not here solely for the machinery but mainly to give for a cause.

The foundation was created by Morgan Adams' parents Steven Adams and Joan Slaughter. Morgan died of a brain cancer just four months after her sixth birthday. Since its creation the foundation has donated nearly $1 million to cancer research. The foundation supports research in the area of pediatric cancer, with an emphasis on cancers of the brain and spine. This year's event lasted from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Gary Shapiro, of Channel 9 News, was the emcee.

° Cancer is the number one killer of children by disease in the United States.
° Glioblastoma multiforme, the form of cancer Morgan Adams was diagnosed with in 1997, is the highest grade cancer and originates in the brain.
° About half of all tumors that start in the brain are gliomas.

— Source: Morgan Adams Foundation.

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