Congress Unanimously Approved Funding for Pediatric Cancer Research

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

We know this doesn't seem possible, but it is NOT AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE!

The gridlock in Washington last fall has made funding pediatric cancer research beyond difficult. As you have seen and heard in the news Federal dollars have been cut for cancer research across the board. Previously, pediatric cancer research only received 4% of the overall cancer research budget. In our current climate organizations like The Morgan Adams Foundation will be relied upon to fill the gap in funding.

On March 11, 2014 the US Senate unanimously passed The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, a measure which redirects Federal funds from presidential campaigns and political party conventions toward pediatric research. We have been following this issue closely and encourage you to do the same.

For further reading about the #KidsFirst Research Act:


Washington Post

Calling All Volunteers

Thursday, March 27, 2014


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Are you looking for a fun way to spend your spring/summer? Do you want to work with a group of people who will make you want to throw your hands up in the air with excitement? We are looking for volunteers to fill the below event related positions. Please forward and those interested should contact Liz Vehlow.  


Mela for Miracles

Mela for Miracles is a celebration of the miracles, hope, and healing for kid’s with pediatric cancer research.  Kuhu Basak, a Colorado Springs resident, is a sixteen year old brain tumor survivor who wants to help other children with cancer and organized the Mela for Miracles to do so.

June 21, 2014 - Colorado Springs, CO 



  • Restaurant Recruitment Committee Members – Work collaboratively with committee to solicit participation from local restaurant to provide tastes to paid event guests.  Coordinate day of event participation and needs.

  • Entertainment Recruitment Committee Members - Work collaboratively with committee to solicit participation from talent to provide entertainment and education to paid event guests.  Coordinate day of event participation, schedule and needs with entertainment participants.

  • Sponsorship/Vendor Participation Committee – Work in collaboration with MAF staff to secure sponsorship donations to the event as well as identify and commit local business to participate in the vendor village.

  • Logistics Committee – Work with MAF staff to organize and manage day of event details involving people, facilities, and supplies.
  • Day of Event Set Up/Tear Down Support– shifts from 7AM – 10PM


Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance

The Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance is an exclusive, exhilarating aircraft, automobile and motorcycle preview with silent and live travel-related auction components. The event brings together a collection that spans all collectible eras, representing an incredible array from the earliest significant air/auto/moto to breathtaking modern jets and super cars. 

August 23, 2014 - Centennial Airport, Centennial, CO  


  • Restaurant Recruitment Committee Members – Work collaboratively with committee to solicit participation from new local Denver restaurant to provide tastes to event guests.  Coordinate day of event participation and needs.

  • Auction Committee Members – Work in collaboration and under the direction of Auction Chairs to solicit live and silent auction donations for the main event fundraiser.

  • Logistics Committee Chairperson - Work with MAF staff to organize and manage day of event details involving people, facilities, and supplies.
  • Volunteer Committee Member – Work with the Volunteer Committee to recruit, organize, and manage event volunteers.
  • Day of Event Set Up/Tear Down Support– shifts August 22, 10AM – 8PM and August 23, 9AM – 12AM

Race to Fund Pediatric Cancer Research

Monday, March 10, 2014

i-DfvSQcX-MHope doesn't just move us forward. It puts us in the fast lane.

When we talk about moving forward in the race to fund research for pediatric cancer, we mean "pedal-to-the-metal" forward.  Fast. Furious. Fantastic.

Enter Alex Welch.  Man on a similar mission.

Alex is an Audi Sport Customer Racing driver and a member of the GMG Racing Team.  He likes things fast.  He has a big heart.  And he has an equally big hatred of pediatric cancer.   He's our kind of guy.

We've buckled up for the ultimate partnership.

Alex has been a donor and friend of the Morgan Adams Foundation and participated in The Race Against Kids Cancer and The Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing Club.

For 2014, Alex decided to pursue his dream of racing in the North American Endurance Cup. He is campaigning an Audi R8 LMS for GMG Racing, and his teammates are James Sofronas, Marc Basseng, and Frank Strippler.

Here's the awesome part.

Instead of looking for a sponsor, Alex donated some of his car space to The Morgan Adams Foundation. Our logo has prime placement of the hood and on top of the back fenders! Alex and the entire GMG racing team have embraced MAF as a charity partner and invited foundation members to join them at the 4 endurance races this season. Joan and Matt were track-side at Daytona in February.

So how do you get in the race?

The next race is the 62nd annual 12 Hours of Sebring and we have an exciting fundraising component. You can now pledge a dollar amount per lap that The Morgan Adams Foundation car will complete during this race. PLUS Alex has also generously offered to match our first $5,000 in fundraising efforts for this race.


Our MAF Audi hopes to complete the race and should complete over 300 laps in the 12 hour period.  


Keep your eye out for our logo on the #32 car in the GTD class on Saturday March 15th. The first 3 hours of the race will air on Fox and the entire race is streamed live on We will also be updating you throughout the race on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Monster Truck

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


This Custom Chevy C3500 Quad Cab Monster Truck is a must-see WORK OF AUTOMOTIVE ART! 

Close to $100,000 invested in a twelve-month ground up professional custom build starting with a ’99 Chevy C3500.  The following lists just some of the custom work:

  • 200HP Turbo Diesel Caterpillar 3126 engine installed new. 
  • 5-speed manual transmission, Rockwell 1960S rear differential with a 4.63 ratio. 
  • Rockwell RF1212 front differential with a 4.63 ratio. 
  • Selectro manual locking hubs. 
  • Non-mated Rockwell Super-Duty transfer case with a 1.99 ratio. 
  • Adjustable rear air ride.  Rebuilt drive shafts. 
  • Front and rear custom bumpers, a work of art in themselves! 
  • 4-wheel power disk brakes. 
  • 14.00 x r20 Good Year Mud Wrangler Tires. 
  • The truck has an all-new and immaculate pimped-out Ostrich vinyl interior, custom exhaust, fuel tank, automatic drop-down steps both sides. 
  • Not to mention its “beastly” paint job and Rhino-lined bed!  

Besides being the baddest truck you can drive, it would make an AMAZING PROMOTIONAL VEHICLE for any business or event!  Check out the pictures and call (303.758.2130) or email Matt with any questions. 

** Mileage is unknown, but very low mileage on current drive-train.


Welcome Crystal Parzik

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Please join us in welcoming Crystal Parzik, who has joined the Foundation team as our new Executive Director.

Crystal comes to us from the "industry" side of things and brings a diverse and highly effective skill set to our work for kids with cancer. Crystal is a senior-level director and fundraiser with over a decade of experience in multiple industries. She has worked with high profile clients in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Her vast client roster includes major institutional names such as Macy's, Niche Media, GoPro, Warner Brothers, Management Energy, NVIDIA, Sony, and Lufthansa. She has successfully partnered with client senior executives and their leadership teams to increase the effectiveness of their organizations and streamlined their operations. Her diverse background includes marketing, advertising, fundraising, sponsorship, public relations, and strategic communications.

We are very excited to have her, and believe that her considerable talents will assist us to grow, increasing our reach, and significantly amplifying the impact of the dollars you entrust to our care.

Crystal can be reached at 303.758.2130 or

Remembering Steven Adams

Monday, September 23, 2013

Many organizations have a heart and soul. The Morgan Adams Foundation also had a “father figure.”  Steven Adams, the father of beloved Morgan and half of the power couple who helped create The Morgan Adams Foundation, passed away on September 22, 2013.  While our hearts are heavy with this news, we are grateful that his suffering and long, valiant battle with a rare form of cancer is finally over. We wish him peace and Godspeed and remain a community forever grateful for his unwavering commitment to helping children in need.

Steven loved photography, art, and creative people who “colored outside the lines.” He loved fast cars, beautiful airplanes and people who used their gifts in life to help others.  And above all else, he loved being a dad to Morgan, Andrew, and Grace.

He hated cancer.  Period.  

From the moment it grasped Morgan during her kindergarten year to the moment it took his own life, it was his declared enemy and he devoted his life to fighting it. 

Together with his wife Joan Slaughter, they formed The Morgan Adams Foundation and have raised over $2.5 million to fund pediatric cancer research in Colorado and beyond.  His life, determination, and stubborn insistence on never giving up, has truly saved lives.  His legacy will be more children who go on to middle school, high school and beyond rather than having their young lives cut short.

Steven was never afraid to approach others to join in his campaign. He urged many a restaurant or bar owner to partner with MAF for events of all kinds.  He mingled with the elite pilots and drivers at the Morgan Adams Concours d‘Elegance and he was soul mates with every photographer and artist who contributed to artma.   He worked long hours behind the scenes setting up and tearing down events and formed life-long kinships with those who worked beside him.  As one artma committee member said, “Steven's passion for this cause, sometimes so intense you couldn't contain it, (or escape from it), sucked me in.  And so here I will stay, long after he is gone.” 

In his fight for kids with cancer, Steven pushed everyone to think bigger, try harder, never settle and never stop. Dr. Nicholas Foreman of The Children’s Hospital Colorado said,  “Steven was the most buoyant, energetic and creative person I have ever known.  Courageous in the face of great loss and from that loss making a community focused on the future and not the past.  A man whom the hardships of life, and his own devastating illness, could not diminish.  Through his vision, many children with cancer are cured and this remains his victory over that terrible disease and death itself.”

He was fearless.  Inventive.  Creative. Imaginative. Unstoppable.  Sometimes incorrigible.  Always a flirt.  Never a whiner.   Forever loved.

Steven’s dream will now take on a new shape as we have created the Steven Adams Memorial Endowment Fund to benefit The Morgan Adams Foundation.  Information and online donations can be made at (when making a donation, please select the "Steven Adams Memorial Endowment Fund from the drop-down menu).

Steven turned his grief over the death of Morgan into a powerful force for good.  Now, it is our turn to do the same for him.

Concours 2013 When It Rains It Pours

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This year’s Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance had a near brush with the unthinkable: rain. Nobody wants rain on all those gorgeous cars, airplanes, motorcycles—and people! Our staff and volunteers were forced to temporarily relocate all the aircraft, automobiles, and motorcycles just minutes before the event kickoff. Fortunately, the weather subsided, the staff rallied and the guests proved that when it rains it pours. This year we experienced an outpouring of love, support, gratitude—and yes, money—like no other year. We sincerely thank every individual who made the 2013 Concours possible. We raised more than $300,000 to fuel the future of critically needed research into cancer treatments!  


TO OUR SPONSORS: First off, without our fabulous sponsors, we’d have nowhere to hold this event, no food and drink for guests, no decorations and nothing to bid on. But year after year, you provide the backbone of this event to help us put an end to pediatric cancer. Thank you!

TO OUR AIRCRAFT, AUTOMOBILE & MOTORCYCLES OWNERS: What would a concours event be without the generous owners who bring out their rare and collectible airplanes, cars and motorcycles? Obviously, without you, this event couldn't’t be and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

TO OUR VOLUNTEERS: We can’t thank you enough for the generous gift of your time, whether you are seeking out sponsors, working with owners, coordinating volunteers or on the ground at the event. Every little piece of the puzzle makes a difference, from the emcees to the bartenders to the people who bus the tables.

TO OUR GUESTS: The outpouring of support from our guests—through ticket sales, auction purchases, CHIP sales and even sharing our mission with friends—means everything to us. Thank you as always for your help in working to end pediatric cancer.

TO OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Thank you to the following photographers who help us share the wonder that is Morgan Adams Concours: Blacktie Colorado, Julie Kemerling, John Little, Scott James Photography, and John Waugh. Check out photos from this year's event HERE.

TO OUR AMBASSADORS & THEIR FAMILIES: You are why we are here. Your willingness to be the faces and voices of Concours 2013 goes beyond our thanks. You can learn more about our Ambassadors and their stories here.


AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Thank you to our wonderful donors, bidders and auctioneer! The live auction really moved the room and the top selling items were:

  • Pura Vida - Costa Rican Vacation. Sold! Thank you to donors Erica & Matt Hogan, Fincabella Vista, Frontier Airlines, San Jose Marriott, La Cusinga Rainforest Coast Lodge, and Blue River Resort for this 10-day journey of a lifetime.
  • Mexican Villa. Sold, Three Times!!! Thank you to donors Joshua & Stephanie Johnson for this 7-night stay on the Mexican Riviera at Casa Dena.  
  • Custom Outdoor Fireplace. Sold! Thank you to donors Jim Roos, Rich Roos, Western Stone Co., St. Vrain Block, and Rio Grande Company for donating a custom built outdoor fireplace with a value of $10,000.
  • Luxury Mountain Getaway. Sold, Two Times!! Thank you to the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch and Prestige Imports for donating a 2-night stay and Porsche rental car.
  • Porsche Driving School. Sold! Thank you to donors Prestige Imports and Frontier Airlines for this trip to Georgia for two-days of Porsche driving school in Birmingham.
  • South African Hunting Safari. Sold! Thank you to donor Mike Young who donated a ten day hunting trip at the Van Wijks Safari camp in South Africa! 

    BEST IN SHOW AND PEOPLE'S CHOICE RESULTS: Every year, Concours guests vote for the best among the stunning aircraft, automobiles, and motorcycles on display. Here are the results of this year's show - and again, a hearty and heartfelt thanks to all of our generous owners who make this feast for the eyes possible.

    People's Choice Aircraft: 1954 Cessna 195B - Alan Haltom

    People's Choice Automobile: 1941 Buick Super Sports Coupe – Fred Divine

    People's Choice Motorcycle: 2006 Bourget Fat Daddy 330 Softail Chopper – Peter Freytag

    The Lyndsey R. Cunningham Award: Peer's Choice - Aircraft: 1943 North American T-6G – Vernon Randel

    The Joshua L. English Award: Peer's Choice - Automobile: 1963 Maserati Sebring Series 1 – Andrew Katz

    The Christopher J. Henderson Award: Peer's Choice - Motorcycle: 1932 Indian Chief – Jeff Goorman

    The Brett M. Derosier Memorial Award - Best in Show: 1948 Tucker 4 Door Sedan – Keith and Eileen Carpenter

    Morgan Adams Concours on 9News

    Monday, August 19, 2013


    • Gail Fawcett - Board President, Meagan and Eli Gold - Ambassador Family, Steve Hawthorne - Bikes Chair & Noble Energy "Best in Show" Sponsor Representative, and Joan Slaughter - Executive Director for speaking on behalf of the Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance this morning.
    • Kent Miller, Derek Fennig, and Peter Taylor for displaying their gorgeous automobiles.
    • Amelia Earhart, Gary Shapiro, and 9News for having us on the morning show. 

    To watch the full segment, click HERE.

    Be sure to PURCHASE your Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance event admission before it is too late! 

    Newsletter - Summer 2013

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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    You make it happen. You Fuel the Future of pediatric cancer research. You save lives

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013


    Happy Summer Everyone!

    July is nearly over already (!) and, as usual, things are really cranking up around The Morgan Adams Foundation offices as we finalize the preparations for our busiest, most fun part of the summer months! So many things are happening that I hope you’ll read through this newsletter and plan to join us for as many of our festivities as you can.

    They’re all so great, that it shouldn’t be a question of:

    "Which one to attend?"

    It should be:

    "Honey, how are we going to get them ALL in?!"

    There are surprises for you everywhere this year, too. Some we’ll tell you about and some we won’t—until we share the highlights in our summer events wrap-up later in September. If you want to know, it’s probably best to be there!

    As with everything we do, the fun and celebrations are important, but the more important thing is the reason we do what we do.

    Last year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance, we had the distinct honor of introducing you to our 10 for 10 Ambassadors. 10 young survivors who represent all the kids your investment in research has impacted.

    Our 10 Ambassadors for 2012 helped us remember WHY we do these events. They helped us celebrate the last 10 years of accomplishments. And they will be there again this year to help us remember.

    This year, we look forward to introducing you to our new Ambassadors, who are helping us kick off our next campaign: FUELING THE FUTURE.

    Because that’s what it is ALL about: This summer event madness is all about looking forward. Asking and answering, where do we go from here? Well, we keep up the good work.

    Remember: Pediatric cancer research is funded almost entirely by gifts from the private sector. YOU fund them. YOU enable the advances that are made. YOU FUEL THE FUTURE.

    For that—and for everything you do—we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We cannot wait to see you all at our events. We look forward to introducing you to more kids who are growing and living fuller, richer lives because you choose to be involved and do what you do.

    So read on, and remember to plan your calendars accordingly! We look forward to seeing you everywhere in the next few months!

    As always,

    Joan Slaughter, Executive Director