Comedian and TV host Howie Mandel will return as the featured entertainer at the 2022 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance charity gala and car and motorcycle exhibition, Feb. 25-27 at The Boca Raton resort, organizers said.
Mandel, most recently a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, performed at the Boca Concours in 2009 and 2015. Famously germophobic, his fist bump – an early substitute for the microbe-transmitting handshake – has become a trademark.
“I’m known for being a germaphobe,” he said in 2015, on Live with Kelly and Michael, adding perhaps a bit presciently, “I feel like the whole world is coming to my level!” His bestselling memoir, Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me (Bantam), details struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Mandel joins Jay Leno in multiple hostings of the Concours, which has raised more than $11 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County over the past 15 years. Leno hosted his fifth gala in 2019; other hosts have included Bob Newhart, Dana Carvey, Wayne Brady, Jeff Foxworthy and Tim Allen.
The annual event, founded and directed by the late Rick Case and his wife, Rita, was postponed this year because of COVID and rescheduled to the dates in February. “We look forward to our continued support for a spectacular three-day Boca Concours d’Elegance weekend in 2022,” said Rita Case, CEO of the Rick Case Automotive Group.
In addition to the gala on Feb. 26, visitors to the three-day event will be able to view the Marque of the Year, Pre-War Chrysler & Imperial, Coach Built and several Features of the Year: Chrysler & Imperial post-war 1946, 1957, 1958-1975; 100th Anniversary of the Springfield Rolls-Royce and 1961; Morgan three-wheelers and Jaguar “E” Type 60th Anniversary.
IF YOU GO
The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Feb. 25-27, 2022. Times, prices and venues at The Boca Raton resort vary – see BocaCDE.com for details.
- Mark Gauert, firstname.lastname@example.org; and contributor Elizabeth Rahe