September 20, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
'06 Pebble Beach Concours Raises More Than $1 Million for Charity
TONIGHT SHOW HOST LENO’S LAST-SECOND AUCTION ITEMS HELP PUSH CONCOURS CHARITY DONATION TO RECORD LEVEL
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2006) – The final proceeds have been tallied and the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance raised $1,052,615 for charity, a one-year record, according to organizers of the Aug. 20 event. The 56th annual classic car showcase generated proceeds, via direct donations, sponsorships and raffle drawings, for a blend of local, national and international charities.
Through the years, the August showing of rare and exotic automobiles along the Monterey, California coast has generated nearly $10 million for charities.
“A lot of people put a lot of effort into making the charity portion of the Concours a success,” says Pebble Beach Concours Chair Sandra Kasky Button. “I’d like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, participants and spectators who helped us shatter the $1 million barrier for the first time in our history.
“I’d also like to single-out Jay Leno, a long-time car collector and participant at our event, for his gracious, spur-of-the-moment offer to auction VIP backstage passes to The Tonight Show and personal tours of his garage. That pushed us over the top.”
Leno, a 2004 Pebble Beach Concours class winner with his 1916 Crane-Simplex, has helped conduct the Concours’ raffle ceremonies for the past several years.
One additional charity note involves Bruce Meyer, a raffle winner at this year’s Concours, who received a 2007 Infiniti G35. Meyer, a member of the Concours Steering Committee, the former Chair of the Petersen Automotive Museum and one of the world’s foremost classic car collectors, donated the G35 to the California Highway Patrol’s 11-99 Foundation.
Proceeds from the ’06 Concours are earmarked for the United Way of Monterey County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, Kinship Center, Natividad Medical Foundation, United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Wheelchair Foundation, Animal Friends Rescue Project, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, Community Hospital Foundation, Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula and Pebble Beach Company Foundation.
First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (www.pebblebeachconcours.net) is an international gathering of automotive enthusiasts for “a celebration of the automobile” at The Lodge at Pebble Beach™ on the Monterey Peninsula. The Concours, which in 2006 attracted entrants from 27 states and 13 countries and raised over $9.5 million for charity, combines a scenic location – the famed 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links® along the Pacific Ocean – with the opportunity to view rarely seen examples of automotive style, performance and history. The annual affair also includes a series of auxiliary activities, including the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance along the coast and through Carmel, RetroAuto and The Pebble Beach Auction conducted by Gooding & Company. The 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held Sunday, Aug. 19.
About Pebble Beach Company:
Pebble Beach Company, headquartered in Pebble Beach, Calif., owns and operates the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero. The company also operates four renowned golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay and Del Monte Golf Course. Its other famed properties include the scenic 17-Mile Drive and The Spa at Pebble Beach. In addition to the Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach Resorts annually hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational. Pebble Beach Golf Links has hosted four U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship, and will host its fifth U.S. Open in 2010. For reservations or more information please call, (800) 654-9300 or visit the Website at www.pebblebeach.com.
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