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XJET - Our Fifth Host

Monday, August 21, 2017


Photo credit: Cora Kemp

We were so thrilled to have XJET host our 5th Annual Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance in 2007! They were SO brand new that year, there was still drywall dust in the emergency stairwells! This was the first year ever that The Foundation had introduced our ambassador posters, and we lined them up along both sides of the entrance to the event. It was an incredibly powerful and inspirational reminder as to why this event was created.

All of us at The Morgan Adams Foundation are thrilled that XJET has continued supporting the efforts behind this amazing event through their annual contribution to the “Fuel Pool!” We couldn’t make the magic we do if we didn’t have the support of such an amazing airport community!

-Joan Slaughter, MAF

 


Denver Jet Center and Mayo Aviation - Our Third Hosts

Monday, August 21, 2017

In 2005, Denver Jet Center was pleased to partner with Mayo Aviation and host the 3rd Annual Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance. Our "DJC2" hangar played host to the flight-line cocktail party and we also hosted the very first "keel" added to the traditional "wings and wheels" when a friend of the Foundation brought a 1929 Chris Craft boat to put in display!

As the event has grown, DJC has been an annual participant in the "Fuel Pool" - contributing to the show by helping bring out some of the best aircraft in the region!

We know this event is a critical piece of the work of The Morgan Adams Foundation and we are proud to partner with them in their work for kids with cancer!

-Jason Ponchetti, President

 


Signature Flight Support - Our First Host

Sunday, August 20, 2017

In 2003, Signature Flight Support was the relative newcomer to Centennial Airport (APA) after opening on the south side in 2001. The south side of the airport was undeveloped with the exception of the Sunborne Company’s development with Signature as the FBO. During this time, business was slow and finding your way to the south side of the airport was difficult. Early in 2003, a young investment manager, Brett Derosier, rented an office in the Signature Flight Support facility and quickly became friends with the entire staff and management team. Brett was extremely enthusiastic about aviation and wanted to absorb as much of the airport environment as he could.

Brett’s enormous heart guided him to approach Signature with an idea that had never been done at APA. Brett wanted to create a hangar event combining luxury and vintage vehicles with aircraft, but most importantly, it was an event to celebrate the life of Morgan Adams and raise money for pediatric cancer research. The Signature team was lukewarm to the idea at first; cars and airplanes typically don’t mix well on the airport grounds. But Brett was persistent and relentless in his dream to make the event happen.

With many months of planning for the unknown, the first Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance was born and held in the new Signature Flight Support hangar on May 17, 2003. Not only was the event a huge success, but it also helped the Centennial Airport community become comfortable with operations on the south side of the airport. In all, Brett’s determination helped create a tremendous event that continues strong to this day, but his vision also helped get Signature and Sunborne on the map at APA.

Signature Flight Support is extraordinarily proud to have been part of the Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance from the very beginning. With the incredible event celebrating its 15th year in 2017, Signature Flight Support honors The Morgan Adams Foundation for its continued success and growth.

 

-Craig Teasdale, Area Director Signature Flight Support


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 Officer     
Centennial Airport

 


CO Childhood Cancer Awareness License Plate

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Colorado is one of many states that offers specialty license plates for charities and other special groups. We believe that pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer needs a voice in the State of Colorado (and around the world!), so we are working toward creating a Childhood Cancer Awareness license plate that will bring awareness to our kids and our cause!

In order to do that, we need to get 3,000 signatures from individuals who support this initiative. Please click here to go to the online version of the petition.

About the effort:

MAF Ambassador, Gabe, was just nine years old when he was diagnosed with Stage IV Medulloblastoma that had already spread to his spine. Gabe had emergency surgery to relieve the pressure in his brain and remove a portion of the tumor for biopsy. He then endured radiation every day for 6 weeks, as well as 6 months of high dose chemotherapy. Gabe is now 13 and in remission, but he will deal with side effects from his treatment for the rest of his life and will have scans every few months to confirm the cancer has not returned.

One day, Gabe asked his mother, Kathleen, “Mom, why don’t kids have special plates with the gold ribbon so people know about us? …Can we make license plates for all the kids who have cancer?”

Of course, Kathleen promised Gabe she would do everything she could to create a license plate to promote childhood cancer awareness and she has done just that. For months and months, Kathleen has spent her free time attending events, spreading awareness, and asking people to sign the petition.

The Morgan Adams Foundation is honored to know Gabe and Kathleen, and to be involved in this initiative. We hope that all of our supporters around the country will help us make this a reality to show kids and young adults battling cancer that they are not alone or ignored.

As of mid-June, the petition has received just about 1,000 signatures. We need to get to 3,000 signatures before the end of September, so WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please take a few minutes of time and sign the petition today!


 


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