$50,000 Presented to Kentucky Children's Hospital and WUKY from the Concours d'Elegance
LEXINGTON, KY (June 12, 2007) - An announcement was made today at the Keeneland Library that the Fourth Annual Concours d'Elegance will be held Aug. 23-26 at Keeneland. A special presentation was made to UK HealthCare's Kentucky Children's Hospital and University of Kentucky's WUKY 91.3 with $25,000 each from last years Concours d'Elegance.
|A new Jaguar and a 1971 Maserati
||(l-r) Tom Jones, chair of Keeneland Concours d'Elegance; Dr. Tim Bricker, physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children's Hospital; and David Paul Fugate, healthy pediatric patient at KCH
"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 2007 Concours, and we are looking forward to hosting another outstanding weekend in the Bluegrass."
"We are so pleased to be able to bring this event to the Bluegrass," 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 three years to raise funds for the Kentucky Children's Hospital and WUKY 91.3-two very important and needed organizations across Kentucky. It also is important to Tom and me 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, UK 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 come from their dedication to this community and to the two beneficiary organizations: Kentucky Children's Hospital and WUKY radio. 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, chief of the division of neonatology at Kentucky Children's Hospital, leads the endowment research.
"The physicians in neonatology are involved not only in the day-to-day care of the very sick newborn and premature infants but also in clinical research. Dedication to research is important if the doctors are to continue to deliver state-of-the-art care to the sickest children in Kentucky and the world," said Bada. "The endowment from the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance makes this possible."
The funds given to WUKY 91.3 over the past two year were used to install a new antenna and transmitter which was moved to the KET tower. "The benefits have been a strong clear signal, especially in Fayette County; more reliable service and significantly improved audio quality for all Central Kentuckians," said Tom Godell, general manager of WUKY. "This year WUKY will use the proceeds to fund much needed equipment upgrades and to strengthen our award-winning local programming. We are honored and grateful to be a recipient of the Concours d' Elegance."
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.
One hundred extravagant automobiles will be showcased on the historic racing grounds of Keeneland, drawing car enthusiasts from around the country to the fourth annual Concours d'Elegance, August 23-26, 2007.
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.
This year's event will feature Jaguar as the guest marque, and famed Jaguar racing legend Bob Tullius, who grew to immense fame with his racing team Group 44, will be present to sign autographs. As in previous years, 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed Concours automobiles will be judged to receive the coveted trophy sponsored by horse farms throughout the region. Cars exhibited at the event fall into one of 13 judged categories.
A special, "Grand Classic Event" exhibit with the Indiana Region's Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) will feature limited edition cars produced in 1925-1948, including Duesenberg, Mercedes, Bentleys and Packard. This Grand Classic Event boasts a collection of cars that are the pinnacle of design, engineering and manufacturing for its era. Additional rare and exotic cars will be showcased in the Car Club Paddock.
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, culture and elegance.
Event activities include:
Bourbon Tour (Thursday, August 23)
Tours of two renowned distilleries complete with bourbon sampling from select barrels. Pick your favorite sample and have it bottled with exclusive Keeneland Concours label. (Registration limited)
Black Tie Gala (Friday, August 24)
Cocktail reception, fine dining and dancing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. A live auction offering extravagant vacations and racing weekends add to the exotic atmosphere of the evening. ($150 per person)
Concours d'Elegance (Saturday, August 25)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Concours automobiles, a CCCA Grand Classic Event, BobTullius, and hundreds of cars in the Car Club Paddock. Also included will be automotive art, fashion, and unique shopping. ($15/person; under 12 free. Collector's event program/$10).
Hangar Bash (Saturday evening, August 25)
Casual setting for food, drink and music featuring the awards ceremony of the CCCA Grand Classic Club. Concours automobile winners will share the spotlight with modern and vintage airplanes parked on the tarmac of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. (Registration limited.)
Tour d'Elegance (Sunday, August 26)
A drive through the beautiful Bluegrass countryside with a stop at the Kentucky's Governor's Mansion and a luncheon/tour at historic Elmendorf Farm. Farm tour also includes a look at the world's largest horse-drawn carriage collection.
Today, there are approximately 40 Concours events throughout the country, and Lexington, Kentucky, is fortunate to be the home to the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance. For more information on the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, please visit www.keenelandconcours.com.