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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Newsletter Fall 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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TAC Air - Our Host for 12 Years

Monday, August 21, 2017

When Joan first came to my office and asked if we would consider hosting a charity fundraiser, I never imagined what that was actually going to turn into…

She and her committee had hosted the first Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance at Signature Flight Support the year before, and she and the head of the airport, Robert Olislagers, had talked about using the event as a way to showcase each of the FBOs on the field. 

We had hosted a pretty big charity gala a few years before, and have hosted other aviation related events, like the NBAA, etc., but I wasn’t sure about another charity fundraiser. I told her I would think about it, and then as we were sitting, chatting, she was looking around my office and noticed a plaque on my wall, and she started to get a little ‘misty-eyed.’ The plaque was a framed tile, hand-painted by a child who had gone on a Make-A-Wish trip, and it had been sent to us as a thank you gift. She started telling me the story of Morgan’s Make-A-Wish trip, and how Morgan had gone into the Make-A-Wish Foundation offices a few months before she passed away and had painted a huge number of the very same tiles that were on my wall. In fact, Joan had a matching one at her house.

After that, I was pretty much hooked. We hosted the second Morgan Adams Concours in 2004, and by the time they rotated back to us in 2006, the event needed 2 hangars, so we worked with Steve Bloom and got then Qwest, now Century Link, to join us and open their hangar to the event. We hosted again in 2008, and have hosted each event from that point forward…the last 10 years. And,in spite of the fact that I can never find all the trashcans after they leave, we love having them! And we look forward to another 15 years with the whole Morgan Adams Foundation crew!


-Dan Bryant, TAC Air APA General Manager



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,


Robert Olislagers
Chief Executive Officer     
Centennial Airport


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