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PCA Concours supporting programs for children with disabilities

Article by Jim Hemig
Photos courtesy Rocky Mountain Region

Each year, Porsche Club of America holds many Concours d’Elegance events across North America. But few have provided a community contribution to the level of the Colorado Concours d’Elegance & Exotic Sports Car Show.

The Colorado Concours d’Elegance & Exotic Sports Car Show is one of the largest judged shows in Colorado. The PCA Rocky Mountain Region supported event displays over 400 cars, with typically a third of the cars being judged. To give back to their community, the event proceeds after expenses go directly to benefit Ability Connection Colorado.

The Colorado Concours d’Elegance & Exotic Sports Car Show is one of the largest judged shows in Colorado. The PCA Rocky Mountain Region supported event displays over 400 cars, with typically a third of the cars being judged. The event benefits Ability Connection Colorado’s Creative Options for Early Childhood Education Program.

To date this spectacular Concours d’Elegance event has raised over $2 million for Ability Connection Colorado’s five metro area Creative Options Centers. At Creative Options, at-risk children receive developmental screening and assessment services, individualized mental health services, and other services tailored to their diagnosed disability. These centers provide early care, intervention, prevention, support, and education services to nearly 600 infants, toddlers, and pre-school children and their families each year.

The idea that turned into Ability Connection Colorado began in 1946 when nine mothers of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities met in the waiting room at Children’s Hospital and found themselves faced with a significant challenge, the difficult decision of whether to place their children in institutions. At that time, both opportunities for public education and the chance to lead a productive and functional life was non-existent for children with disabilities. Today, the ACCO provides engagement opportunities for children through education, creating work opportunities, and developing support by bringing together parents and friends throughout the state for assurance and guidance in the development of at-risk children.

The Colorado Concours d’Elegance event, founded in 1984 by PCA members Tom Scott and Stim Kennedy, is the largest gathering of priceless and exotic sports, classic and exotic automobiles in the Mountain States area. Typically, between 400 and 500 treasured cars from early classics and collector cars to vintage race cars and current models are on display. Many of these incredible cars come out only once a year for this show to help the children of Ability Connection Colorado. The judging features multiple categories including an Elite Class for superior cars. The event is managed by committee members but wouldn’t be a success without the help from volunteers from each of the car clubs.

The event is supported by local and regional car clubs, businesses, and media sponsors and draws nearly 15,000 spectators that help generate the funds for ACCO. The show has become one of the grandest, most entertaining, and most anticipated car shows in Colorado! The annual event started in 1984 and takes place in early June on the Arapahoe Community College campus. To make the event a success every year, a committee made up of members of each car club as well as the event chairs come together monthly between January and June to produce the event.

Every year across Porsche Club of America, members are making a difference with many amazing, heartwarming, and thoughtful acts of kindness. The above is just one of those community contributions. Be sure to check e-Brake News to read more about PCA Regions making a difference and visit the Members Making a Difference page for additional past articles. If your Region has a charitable activity or event that you would like to share, contact us to share the story.