By Mark Gauert
City & Shore Magazine
Comedian Billy Gardell will be the featured entertainer and celebrity judge at the 14th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance charity car and motorcycle exhibition, Feb. 7-9, 2020, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
The co-star (with Melissa McCarthy) of Mike & Molly on CBS, Gardell also has appeared on My Name is Earl, Sullivan & Son and as the voice of Santa Claus in Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. He currently stars in the CBS sitcom Bob ♥ Abishola, co-starring Folake Olowofoyeku. Gardell was recommended for the gala spot by his friend Jay Leno, last year’s featured entertainer, organizers say.
The schedule for the 2020 Concours event, a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, includes:
Friday, Feb. 7: The Hangar Party at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport. Guests can peruse cars, motorcycles, private jets, premier vendors and gourmet food, wine and spirits from over 25 South Florida restaurants.
Saturday, Feb. 8: Mecum Gallery Exposition, featuring automobile art by the Automobile Fine Arts Society Show (AFAS) and a display of multimillion-dollar collector cars, available for purchase, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (open to the public); and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (for gala ticket holders) in the Mizner Center at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The Grand Gala Dinner, Live Auction & Show begins with a cocktail party and silent auction starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner/auction/show start at 7 p.m., at the resort. In addition to Gardell’s performance, the evening will feature the presentations of the National Automotive Manufacturer Lifetime Achievement Award to Scott Keogh, Volkswagen of America President & CEO (who oversees VW and Audi); the National Lifetime Racing Achievement Award to three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves; the Automotive Lifetime Dealership Achievement Award to William Lehman, Jr., founder of the Lehman Dealership Enterprises; and the induction of Colin Brown, Chairman of the Board of JM Family Enterprises, into the Dream Makers Society.
“Dream Makers inductees are individuals who have established a long-term commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County for at least 10 years, have played a vital role in the development of a program or event that has had a significant impact on the success of the organization, and have personally contributed funds over $1 million,” organizers say.
Sunday, Feb. 9: The all-day Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance automobile and motorcycle exhibition and competition, sponsored by the Rick Case Automotive Group, featuring over 200 cars and motorcycles from various eras. VIP-ticketed guests will enjoy gourmet food, wine and spirits from more than 25 South Florida restaurants at the Concours d’Gourmet Pavilion at the resort. The event’s Marque of the Year, Duesenberg on their 100th anniversary year; the Feature of the Year, Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club; and a Special Display Class, “30 under 30.” The Mecum Gallery Exposition of automobile art and collector cars will also be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Concours ticket holders only.
For tickets and information about the 14th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, visit www.BocaCDE.com. All events are open to the public.