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Centennial Airport - Our Forever Home

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance was first conceived over a cup of coffee at the Perfect Landing Restaurant at Centennial Airport. A young man wise beyond his years, Brett Derosier had asked me to join him because he had an idea for a charity event. The airport had ceased doing Airshows and Open Houses because we no longer had the space. Our mutual interest in airplanes and cars soon turned into talk of a fundraiser for The Morgan Adams Foundation, and the rest is history. Permitting smaller events with an eye toward giving back to the community was our way of maintaining that connection. The Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance remains that perfect “vehicle” because it brings together, under one roof, cool airplanes, awesome cars and motorcycles, and most importantly, a unique event to raise money to fund pediatric cancer research!

The Morgan Adams Concours also ties the airport community to a common purpose beyond what everyone does professionally. Each of the Fixed Base Operators, FBOs as we call them, pitches in and helps to make the event a success. TAC Air is the host; Denver jetCenter lends hangar space for displaced aircraft, as do Signature Flight Support and XJet. Mayo Aviation, a charter firm with a stellar record, also provides space and logistical support.

Sadly, both Morgan and Brett were taken from us far too soon. They are now our guardian angels who help ensure that we keep the promises that were made! This is why the Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance has become Centennial Airport’s “main” event. It is that signature occasion when we stare deeply into the eyes of the faces you see when you enter this event, the larger-than-life black and white photos of survivors and those who have passed, that we are reminded why we open our hearts and wallets to this worthy and life-saving cause.

As we celebrate 15 years of hosting the Morgan Adams Concours, I hope you will take time to enjoy this evening of reflection and celebration. Enjoy the splendor of speed and sound because it is for a cause no person ever wants to experience; as a child, mother, father, brother, sister, nana, or papa…ever!

On behalf of everyone at Centennial Airport,

Respectfully,


Robert Olislagers
Chief Executive Office
Centennial Airport

 


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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 morganadamsfoundation.org (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

    A BIG THANK YOU to:

    • 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!