Wheel good time Week­end of col­lectible cars and mo­tor­cy­cles benefits Boys& Girls Clubs

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Get ready for an un­for­get­table week­end of phi­lan­thropy, com­edy and an au­to­mo­bile and mo­tor­cy­cle dis­play like no other.

The “Boca Ra­ton Con­cours d’El­e­gance” will take place Feb. 20-22 at Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club.

The event, now in its ninth year, will kick off Fri­day with the “duPont Reg­istry™ Live Han­gar Party” at Boca Ra­ton Air­port. Guests will have a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence gourmet tast­ings from more than 20 of South Florida’s finest restau­rants and pe­ruse a fine dis­play of ex­otic cars, cus­tom mo­tor­cy­cles, ex­trav­a­gant boats, pri­vate jets, vin­tage air­crafts, luxury mo­tor coaches and pre­mier ven­dors.

Satur­day fea­tures the black-tie op­tional “Gala Din­ner Auc­tion& Show” at Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club. Guests will en­joy a cock­tail hour and si­lent auc­tion, fol­lowed by a seated din­ner and live auc­tion fea­tur­ing one-of-a-kind trips and ex­pe­ri­ence packages, luxury jew­elry and more. Keith Crain and the Ed Morse Au­to­mo­tiveGroup will be hon­ored with the 2015 Au­to­mo­tive Life­time Achieve­ment Award. Avid car col­lec­tor Ralph Marano will be the re­cip­i­ent of the Lee Ia­cocca Award. And back by popular de­mand, TV star and co­me­di­anHowie Man­del will per­form.

The week­end concludes Sun­day with the “Au­to­mo­bile& Mo­tor­cy­cle Ex­hi­bi­tion” at Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club, pre­sented by Im­pala As­set Man­age­ment. The show­case will fea­ture more than 200 col­lec­tor cars and mo­tor­cy­cles from around the coun­try. An ex­pert panel of judges will se­lect the finest ve­hi­cles based on pre-set cri­te­ria, with awards go­ing to the win­ning en­tries. Guests are also in­vited to walk through a se­ries of ven­dor tents.

“Boca Ra­ton Con­cours d’El­e­gance” was founded by Rita and Rick Case of Rick Case Au­to­mo­tiveGroup. The event benefits the Boys& Girls Clubs of Broward County and the 12,500 chil­dren that at­tend the 12 clubs.

“The en­tire Con­cours team is com­prised of a group of about 200 vol­un­teers who ded­i­cate their per­sonal time to the event,” said Brian Quail, pres­i­dent/CEO of the Boys& Girls Clubs of Broward County. “In 2014, the event raised more than $1 mil­lion for the Boys& Girls Clubs, mak­ing the ‘Boca Ra­ton Con­cours d’El­e­gance’ the fastest grow­ing Con­cours in the na­tion and the world’s largest for char­ity.”

The event chair is James E. McDon­nell IV, and the hon­orary chair is Mike Jack­son. “Boca Ra­ton Con­cours d’El­e­gance” is pre­sented by Mercedes-Benz and Au­toNa­tion.

Tick­ets to Fri­day’s “Han­gar Party” are $100. Tick­ets to Satur­day’s “Gala Din­ner Auc­tion& Show” start at $500. Ad­mis­sion to Sun­day’s “Au­to­mo­bile& Mo­tor­cy­cle Ex­hi­bi­tion” are $60 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion and $125 for VIP ac­cess.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, or the com­plete sched­ule of events, visit www.bo­cacde.com.

Tony Gior­dano, left, Lo­ri­Ann Ri­olo and Peter Gary

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