THE BOCA RATON CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE CELEBRATES ITS
10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH COMEDIAN JAY LENO AS THE HEADLINING
ENTERTAINER AND CONCOURS JUDGE – FEBRUARY 19-21, 2016
The Nation’s fastest growing Concours to showcase Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Grand Classic®, Packard as the featured marque and present the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Awards to event founders Rita & Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group and Stephen Cannon, former President/CEO of Mercedes-Benz, USA and current CEO of AMB Group, during a tremendous weekend of events benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
BOCA RATON, FL (January 27, 2016) – The 10th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance presented by AutoNation and Mercedes-Benz, will celebrate a decade of philanthropy February 19-21, 2016 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. This year, the Concours will feature the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Grand Classic® and showcase Packard as the marque, along with presenting the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Awards to event founders Rita & Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group and Stephen Cannon, former President/CEO of Mercedes-Benz, USA and current CEO of AMB Group.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance is proud to announce that renownedcomedian, actor, television host and car collector Jay Leno will perform on Saturday, February 20th at the Gala Dinner & Show and will also appear as a celebrity judge on the showfield Sunday, February 21st for the main event at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Founded by Rita and Rick Case of The Rick Case Automotive Group and under the direction of Founding Event Chair James E. McDonnell, IV along with Honorary Chair Mike Jackson, the Boca Raton Concours benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. “The Concours team is comprised of a group of dedicated 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. “In 2015, the event attracted thousands of attendees and to date has raised millions for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, making the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance the fastest growing Concours in the nation, and the world’s largest for charity.”
According to Rick Case, founder of the Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance and upcoming recipient of the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award, “We are thrilled to celebrate such a tremendous milestone in the car enthusiast realm and in the philanthropic community as we set out to make automotive history yet again. Guests can expect lots of surprises, catching a glimpse of well-known national celebrities, even perhaps meeting and talking personally with Jay Leno as he walks the showfield on Sunday.”
Friday kicks off the weekend of events with the duPont RegistryTM Live Hangar Party presented by Ulysse Nardin at the Boca Raton Airport. The evening offers guests a chance to experience select gourmet tastings from more than 20 of South Florida’s finest restaurants and view exotic cars, custom motorcycles, extravagant boats, private jets, vintage aircrafts, luxury motor coaches, premier vendors, and more.
Saturday features daylong educational automotive seminars and the Gala Dinner Auction & Show at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in the evening presented by Rick Case Automotive Group and emceed by WSVN Channel 7 news anchors Belkys Nerey and Lynn Marinez. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour and silent auction followed by a weekend of events benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County gourmet dinner and live auction. One-of-a-kind trips and experience packages, luxury jewelry, and more will be auctioned off throughout the evening. Guests will also enjoy the presentation of the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Awards to Rita & Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group and Stephen Cannon, former President/CEO of Mercedes-Benz, USA and current CEO of AMB Group, and back by popular demand, a stellar performance by a legendary comedian, actor, television host and car collector extraordinaire Jay Leno.
The weekend of festivities concludes on Sunday with an Automobile & Motorcycle Exhibition, presented by Impala Asset Management. The event spans all eras on the showfield at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, including the CCCA Grand Classic®. Car and motorcycle fanatics from around the world will experience an automotive showcase like no other, featuring 200 of the finest collector cars and motorcycles.
An expert panel of judges, including celebrity judge Jay Leno, will select the finest vintage, antique, classic and exotic vehicles based on period, presentation and overall style for the Sunday Concours. This year, Leno will also select winners of the “Jay Leno Big Dog Garage” Awards for both car and motorcycle. Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars, will serve as Grand Marshal; Jay Quail, Executive Director of CCCA, will serve as Chief Honorary Judge; and Dr. Paul Sable, automotive historian, author, and overall car enthusiast and collector, will serve again as Chief Judge. Bill Rothermel, automotive historian and freelance writer for various national and international automotive and club publications, and Tom DuPont, Publisher of the duPont REGISTRY, will serve as Master of Ceremonies, announcing descriptions of the winning automobiles.
Once the show kicks off, guests are invited to walk through a series of amazing vendor tents including the 2016 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance tent which will offer hats, T-shirts and commemorative Concours program magazines, posters and pins from current and previous years. Guests can also enjoy a selection of gourmet food, wine and cocktails from more than 30 of South Florida’s finest restaurants at the Concours d’Gourmet Pavilions.
The 10th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance will take place February 19-21, 2016 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida. For additional information or to see a full schedule of events, please visit www.bocaCDE.com. As the event evolves, the website will provide up-to-date information, so be sure to check back regularly. All events are open to the public with tickets sold separately for the duPont RegistryTM Live Hangar Party, Gala Dinner Show & Auction and Sunday Concours Automobile & Motorcycle Exhibition and the Concours d’Gourmet Pavilion. To purchase tickets, please call (954) 537-1010 or visit www.bocaCDE.com.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, 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 12,500 at-risk youth ages 6-18 annually 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. Chosen as the #1 youth agency in the country five years in a row by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and one of the best run non-profit agencies in a study by Fortune 500. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County is located at
877 NW 61st Street in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information, please call (954) 537-1010 or visit www.bgcbc.org.