The 13th annual Concours d’Elegance has raised more than $10 million to date for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, the event announced Friday. Hosted at the Boca Raton Resort & Club Feb. 22 through 24, the Concours benefited more than 12,300 at-risk kids from 6 to 18 served by 12 Broward County-area clubs.
“The entire Concours team is comprised of over 300 volunteers who donate their time to the planning and execution of the event,” Brian Quail, president/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County said in the announcement.
The big attraction this year was celebrity guest, host, judge, and performer Jay Leno. Leno signed autographs and posed for selfies at the duPont REGISTRY™ Live Hangar Party at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport Friday night. Thousands of guests saw an array of luxury cars, motorcycles, private jets, premier vendors. More than 20 local restaurants offered tastings.
Leno entertained at the gala dinner, live auction and show at the Resort Saturday night. A live auction gave guests a chance to bid on trips and experiences like tours of Leno’s Big Dog Garage and luxury jewelry. The original Bentley commemorative painting by artist Barry Rowe was auctioned off. The Concours honored the 100th anniversary of Bentley Motorcars.
The weekend continued with the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, sponsored by the Rick Case Automotive Group. The morning started with a private Q&A brunch hosted by Leno, host of “Jay Leno’s Garage” TV show, and Wayne Carini host of “Chasing Classic Cars.” Leno walked the show field to meet automobile and motorcycle owners to find his favorite restored automobile and motorcycle and present the Big Dog Garage Award.
Guests could see up close more than 200 classic, luxury and vintage cars, and motorcycles on the field. They also watched and heard the collectors’ competition. Leno was among the judges with chief judge Dr. Paul Sable, Steve Moskowitz, and Quail. Carini was the grand marshal. Master of ceremonies was Bill Rothermel and Tom duPont helped selected the winning vehicles.
Once the show kicked off, VIP-ticketed guests sampled gourmet food, wine, and cocktails from more than 20 South Florida restaurants.
The Concours was founded and is still directed by Rita and Rick Case of The Rick Case Automotive Group. Honorary chair was Mike Jackson Chairman, CEO, and president of AutoNation, the event’s presenter with Mercedes Benz. Pinnacle Advertising CEO Peter Gary is Advertising and Social Media Chair & Big Wheel Chair.
Save the date for the 14th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance Feb. 7-9, 2020.