Members of the Iowa Automobile Heritage Foundation presented a $20,000 check to the Children’s Cancer Connection. The money was raised through the annual Des Moines Concours d’Elegance held in Downtown Des Moines. It was also announced today that the 2017 Concours will be held Sunday, September10th.
“The goal of the Iowa Automotive Heritage Foundation is to raise awareness and celebrate the history of the automobile through the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance,” said Rich Collins, Co-Chairman, Des Moines Concours d’Elegance. “We are proud that this event continues to help Children’s Cancer Connection in the battle against childhood cancer.”
The donation from the Concours will assist the organization to succeed in its mission to enhance the quality of life for families affected by childhood cancer by providing programs for education, recreation and support.
“Des Moines Concours d ’Elegance has grown tremendously in both event size and charitable impact since our partnership began a few years ago,” said Sarah Hanson, Special Event Manager. “Children’s Cancer Connection is grateful for their impact, not only financially, but for the unique opportunity to reach the Des Moines community through collectible automobiles.”
The 2017 Des Moines Concours d’Elegance will again be held on closed streets surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines. Free and open to the public this year’s event will once again present a carefully chosen exhibition of more than 120 vintage and classic motor vehicles, selected to celebrate the fine art, design evolution and amazing innovations of motor vehicles through the years and the talented designers and engineers who created them.
“We are looking forward to the 2017 Concours with a fine lineup of unique and meaningful automobiles and looking forward to raising more funds for the Children’s Cancer Connection through the event,” said Collins. “Families are at the core of our community and cancer within a child is the ultimate enemy that we should all rally to combat.”
Children’s Cancer Connection serves all families affected by childhood cancer who are living, treated, or diagnosed in the state of Iowa. Children’s Cancer Connection does not charge families for its services, relying on donations and volunteers.
“We help regardless of treatment outcome by providing emotional support through camps and retreats, hospital programs, and support services that help patients and families in their time of need,” said Hanson.
The Des Moines Concours is made possible through the support of major sponsors including, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Community Choice Credit Union, Nationwide Insurance, SACMI USA Group, Bankers Trust, EMC Insurance, MidAmerican Energy, and many other corporate sponsors and individuals.