Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance Fundraiser Never Disappoints
Story by Lorenzo Chavez
Photos by Lorenzo Chavez
Signature Event Benefits The Morgan Adams Foundation
at TAC Air at Centennial Airport, Englewood, Colorado benefiting Morgan Adams Foundation at 6 p.m.
Guests enjoyed the best of the best of classic and antique cars, vintage motorcycles and historic airplanes throughout the ages as part of The Morgan Adams FoundationConcours d’Elegance, a signature event that supports education, research and treatment of childhood cancer.
TAC Air has hosted the event for nearly two decades at the Centennial Airport
The stylish wings of a 1950s era Cadillac were among the highlights of the annual event.
A burgundy Cadillac was just one of dozens of classic cars on display in the hangar at the Centennial Airport
This year’s event on August 21 skirted some late afternoon rain showers and featured several death-defying acrobatic feats at Centennial Airport, just 20 miles south of Denver.
Now celebrating its 18th year, the event has raised over $5 million dollars for life-saving cancer research for children. The organization, founded in 1998 by Joan Slaughter and her late husband—Steven Adams– is named in honor of their daughter. Every year, about 12,400 children and teens under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer – that is one in every 330 children with the average age of diagnosis at 5 years old. More than 700 kids are affected every day.
The Concours d’Elegance or “competition of elegance” refers to an event where elegant vehicles are displayed and judged in contests. This type of event dates back to 17th-century France when affluent Parisians paraded their fanciest horse-drawn carriages in various parks during the summer for best in show. The concept arrived in the U.S. in the 1950s as a place where transportation-obsessed Americans could enjoy the beauty and elegance of vintage or classic automobiles, high-powered motorcycles, and sleek and innovative airplanes and modern jets.
Hosted for nearly two decades by TAC Air at Centennial Airport, the hangar party featured historically significant airplanes, one-of-a-kind cars, and vintage motorcycles from some of the nation’s most elite private collections. Truly a one-of-a-kind event if you relish the evolution and design of all types of transportation vehicles, some dating back 100 years ago.
Guests were rewarded with refreshing cocktails and appetizers, delicious entries, and creamy desserts from some of Denver’s top restaurants. The evening ended with live and silent auctions of memorabilia, exclusive travel packages and luxury goods. For more information on Foundation events, how you can volunteer, or how you can donate be sure to visit: morganadamsfoundation.org
The Morgan Adams Foundation has helped many kids survive childhood cancer
Automobile heaven for car aficionados
Special thanks to all sponsors and vendors for a great show!
A bright, sunny day for the 18th Annual event at Centennial Airport
Special thanks to TAC Air for hosting the show again this year!
Green may not be as popular as red but I will make an exception.
All eyes skyward for the acrobatic air show event.
A classic Corvette
Krista Kenville, Meghan Lucarelli
Food and drink were provided by some of Denver’s finest restaurants, bars and distilleries.
Guests happily bid on more than 150 silent auction items.
Part of the allure of these vintage cars is the old-fashioned and elegant cockpit, dashboards and paneling.
Another Cadillac for the show.
Classic gull-wing doors on this Mercedes
David and Margie Reichman
Alan, Haillie, Robert, Ray, Bonnie
Stephanie Challis, Jill Copeland
Molly & Keith Redmond; Debbie Stoffell, Shawn Conner
Lexi Bradley, Savanna Elcizer
Krishna Madhavan, Bethany Veo
Andrey and Amy Trinidad
The auto show portion featured more than 7 decades of classic cars.
This sleek beauty costs a pretty penny.
More information on this Corvette for sports car enthusiasts.
TAC Air has hosted for nearly two decades.
The vintage “Indian” brand of motorcycles were built in Massachusetts
Ready for take off!
The variety of vehicles attracts die-hard car fans and the casual observer.
Elizabeth, Lori, Jessie Bollendonk
Barbara and Dave Bryant; Kelly and Ashley Dymond
Amber Page with daughters Lylah and Ivy. 6-year-old Ivy is a cancer survivor and Ambassador of The Morgan Adams Foundation.
Celena Hinkelman and Dane Hatch
The best of the best: Cars, Motorcycles, and Airplanes
Kris and John Hefner
The event features civilian and military airplanes.
These powerful propellers were advanced for their time.
9News Anchor Gary Shapiro served as emcee of the event.
Lillian Schaeffer, Grace Adams
Tom Vose, Becky Diller
Maia Brusseau, Ellen Patrilla
Ellen and Todd Brusseau; Mike Carnes and Ellen Patrilla
Christen Cherry, Quin Startzer
Susan Reyna, Kristy Avdem, Amanda Van Note
Richard Hindmand leans on his favorite Cadillac
Diana and Bill Rose
Ready to race: by land and by air.
Elegant flower centerpieces provided by Bouquets.
The 18th Annual Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance was another overwhelming success!