Keeneland Concours Benefits Children's Hospital
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LEXINGTON, KY (July 1, 2008) - The Fifth Annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance will be held July 17-20, 2008. All proceeds benefit UK HealthCare's Kentucky Children's Hospital. The classic car show will be held on July 19 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington.
The show will include a classic car from the General Motors Heritage collection. It is a Cadillac V16 concept designed by Pininfarina, a company that designs Ferrari prototypes. Motorcycles are new to the show this year, with a vintage Black Shadow as well as other vintage bikes on display. The Batmobile also will be included. Automotive art will be on display and a silent auction is a new addition to the show.
This year's event will feature Cadillac as the guest marquee. Named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast two-years running, the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance was one of the top 10 events this year in Kentucky. As in previous years, 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed Concours automobiles will be judged to receive one of 15 coveted trophies sponsored by legendary horse farms throughout the region.
Although this four-day event is best known for the Saturday Concours d'Elegance and its magnificent display of automobiles, additional events and activities provide visitors and participants a taste of Kentucky's art, history and culture.
"It is our hope and our goal that the Concours d'Elegance provides everyone with a unique experience-a mix of art, flair, design, sounds and - of course - a cause," said event chairman Tom Jones. "There are many reasons to be excited about the 2008 Concours, and we are looking forward to hosting another outstanding weekend in the Bluegrass. It's a delight to enjoy your passion and be able to do good works for the community, especially the Kentucky Children's Hospital. The people at Kentucky Children's Hospital who make that happen day in and day out are the real heroes in this grand scheme of things."
"We are so pleased to be able to bring this event to the state of Kentucky," said event co-chair Connie Jones. "It has proven to be a fun and exciting weekend for all ages. Even children love the classic automobiles. It has been our goal for the last four years to raise funds for the Kentucky Children's Hospital, a very important and needed organization across Kentucky. Tom and I are extremely proud of the fact that the Keeneland Concours not only benefits Kentucky Children's Hospital, but also gives us the opportunity to showcase our beautiful state."
"The Concours board and their many supporters are extraordinary professionals and community leaders who make great contributions to the Bluegrass State in their daily work," said Dr. Tim Bricker, professor and chairman of pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children's Hospital. "In addition to those responsibilities, they put their skills and energy together to organize and run the Keeneland Concours. The energy and drive of the board and supporters comes from their dedication to this community and our Kentucky Children's Hospital. We are honored to have their support."
In 2006, fortifying their commitment to Kentucky Children's Hospital, the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance Board chose to create an endowment for neonatal research. Dr. Henrietta Bada, professor of pediatrics, UK College of Medicine, and chief of the division of neonatology at Kentucky Children's Hospital, leads the endowment research.
Keeneland is widely known for its Thoroughbred horsepower. But a different kind of horsepower is making quite a name for itself on the grounds of the legendary race course.
Concours d'Elegance, a "gathering of elegance," originated in Paris during the 1920s. The Concours quickly became not only an event for automobile manufacturers to parade the latest edition of extravagant automobiles, but also a spot for fashion designers to showcase the latest styles.
Event activities include:
Bourbon Tour (Thursday, July 17)
An exclusive tour of a renowned distillery conducted by the master distiller will feature bourbon sampling from selected barrels. Maker's Mark will provide a catered lunch and round-table discussion with the experts who will give participants inside information about the history and production of Kentucky's favorite libation. Registration is limited.
Black Tie Gala (Friday, July 18)
"Great Gatsby" themed party held in the private dining rooms of Keeneland which overlook the historic track and paddock. The "Cadillac of Galas" includes a cocktail reception, fine dining and dancing to the Jay Flippin Orchestra. $200 per person. 6:30 p.m. to midnight.
Keeneland Concours d'Elegance (Saturday, July 19)
Concours automobiles featuring Cadillac, historic General Motors Heritage Collection display, special exhibits, and hundreds of cars in the Car Club Paddock. Included will be automotive art, a silent auction, and unique shopping. $15/person, under 12 free. $10 for collector's event program. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Awards presentation is at 3 p.m.
Hangar Bash (Saturday evening, July 19)
Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Bluegrass Airfield from 5 to 8 p.m. Presented by Porsche of Lexington. Casual setting for food, drink and music. Concours automobiles and vintage motorcycles share the spotlight with modern and vintage planes. Special feature will be a WWII Bomber fly-over. $25/person.
Tour d'Elegance (Sunday, July 20)
Keeneland Race Course at 9 a.m. Presented by Lexus of Lexington, the ever popular tour features a 75-mile drive through the beautiful Bluegrass with a drive through Shadwell, a legendary horse farm, and a visit to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill where participants are served a catered lunch and can leisurely tour the restored 1800s Shaker settlement. $200/car with 2 people; $75/extra passenger.