THE 14th ANNUAL BOCA RATON CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
PRESENTED BY MERCEDES-BENZ AND AUTONATION ATTRACTED THOUSANDS OF ATTENDEES AND WAS THE LARGEST AND BEST IN 14TH YEAR HISTORY
BENEFITTING THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF BROWARD COUNTY
The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, world’s largest owned by charity Celebrated the Marque of the Year, Duesenberg and its 100th Year Anniversary 3-day weekend benefitted the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County
The 14th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation has raised over $10 million to date for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Hosted for the 14th consecutive year at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the event took place from February 7-9, 2020 and included celebrity guest comedian Billy Gardell. Mr. Gardell interacted with attendees throughout the weekend of philanthropy, comedy and a stellar automobile and motorcycle display.
The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance is the world’s largest owned by a charity, and fully benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Founded and directed by Rita & Rick Case of The Rick Case Automotive Group, who, as volunteers have annually continued their leadership and hands-on involvement to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County and the more than 12,000 at-risk youth it serves. “The entire Concours team is comprised of over 300 volunteers who donate their time to the planning and execution of the event,” says Brian Quail, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Quail added, “The event attracted thousands of attendees and to date has raised more than $10 million for our organization.”
The weekend kicked-off with the Hangar Party at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport. Guests perused an impressive selection of cars, motorcycles, private jets, premier vendors and gourmet tastings from over 25 of South Florida’s restaurants. Guests indulged in wine & spirits plus live entertainment. Restaurants included: Abe and Louie’s Steakhouse, B&B Cappuccino, Barrel of Monks, Boca Raton Resort & Club, BGCBC Culinary, Bolay, Café Med, Chops Lobster Bar, Cooper’s Hawk Wintery & Restaurant, Crazy Uncle Mike’s, EnerBee Energy, JOJI Yogurt, La Boulangerie Boul’Mich, Loch Bar, Mastro’s Ocean Club, New York Prime, Madisons New York Grill & Bar, Oceanic Restaurant, Oceans 234, Potions in Motion, Prezzo, Rex Baron, Sette Bello Ristorante and Sette Mezzo Ristorante.
All new this year, Mecum Auctions presented the “Gallery Exposition” of Millions of Dollars in Collector Cars and a Automotive Fine Arts Society Show (AFAS) on display – all available for purchase — which started on Saturday from 8:00am – 8:00pm and continued through Sunday’s Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance. The Mecum Exposition was a presentation of extraordinary vintage automobiles and art by the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) with automobile artists from around the country displaying their work and which was available for purchase. Artists included: Tony Sicorski, Richard Pietruska, Dan McCrary, Dennis Brown, David Chapple, Larry Braun and Steve Macy.
The excitement continued on Saturday evening with the Grand Gala Dinner, Live Auction & Show. Prior to dinner, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and the opportunity to bid on a unique array of items at the silent auction. Immediately following the cocktail reception, guests were served a gourmet dinner during which they had the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind trips and experience packages. Items such as Jay Leno’s Garage, luxury jewelry and a commissioned painting by the official BCDE artist from Ken Eberts.
Additionally, guests enjoyed this year’s Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance program in which the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented by Jason Stein, Publisher of Automotive News as follows: President & CEO of Volkswagen of North America, oversees VW & Audi, Scott Keogh; Three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner, Helio Castroneves and Founder of the Lehman Dealership Enterprises, William Lehman, Jr. Additionally, this year, Chairman of the Board JM Family Enterprises, Colin Brown was inducted into the Dream Makers Society. After the presentation of awards, Billy Gardell provided the evening’s entertainment. Gardell played Chicago police officer Mike Biggs on Mike & Molly. Gardell also plays the starring role in the new CBS sitcom “Bob ♥ Abishola“.
The memorable weekend continued with the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, February 9th sponsored by the Rick Case Automotive Group.
Guests from around the world experienced an automotive showcase like no other, featuring over 200 cars and motorcycles from an array of time periods. Auto enthusiasts also had a chance to view the Marques of the Year, Duesenberg. The “Best of Show Award” was presented to a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Coupe owned by Dr. Richard Workman. Additionally, the “Founder Award” was presented to 1932 Stutz DV32 Victoria by Rolston & Co. owned by Stephen Plaster.
Celebrity Judge Billy Gardell joined an expert panel of judges including Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable to choose the complete line up of awards. Additionally, Grand Marshal Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars joined the group for another stellar year along with Master of Ceremonies Bill Rothermel and Brad Phillips, from Hagerty Insurance, who selected the finest vintage, antique, classic and exotic vehicles based on period, presentation and style.
Once the show kicked off, VIP guests were invited to enjoy a selection of gourmet food, wine and cocktails from more than 20 of South Florida’s finest restaurants at the Concours d’Gourmet Pavilion. Concours d’ Gourmet featured a selection of gourmet food, wine and cocktails from over 20 of South Florida’s finest restaurants inside the Concours d’Gourmet Pavilion including: Abe and Louie’s Steakhouse, B&B Cappuccino, Bar Louie, Barrel of Monks, Boca Raton Resort & Club, BGCBC Culinary; Black Rock, Cecile’s Gourmet Italian Ices, Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Crazy Uncle Mike’s, EnerBee Energy, Fries to Caviar, Il Mulino, Matteo’s of Boca Raton, Potions in Motion, Pukara Peruvian Cuisine, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Sette Bello Ristorante, Sette Mezzo Ristorante, Sunset Catch and Vino Bar and Italian Kitchen.
**Save the date for the 15th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance February 19 – 21, 2021*
About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) private agency, dedicated to helping young people improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth. Serving more than 12,000 at-risk youths, ages 6-18 each year from its 12 Broward County-area clubs, their purpose is to inspire and enable children to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. BGCBC has once again received the coveted 4 stars rating (out of 4 stars) for the ninth year in a row. Only 3% of the Non-Profits in the USA have achieved this level of excellence from Charity Navigator. Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County is located at 877 NW 61st Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. For more information call (954) 537-1010 or view the website at www.bgcbc.org.
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