Weekend of Events Featuring the World’s Finest Vintage and Collector Cars at The Hotel Hershey Raises More Than $800,000 for Causes in its First 5 Years
HERSHEY, PA – Emerging as one of the nation’s most unique and successful charitable fundraising events, organizers of The Elegance at Hershey distributed $125,000 to its designated beneficiaries last week, including $75,000 to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
The Elegance at Hershey, a weekend-long series of vintage and collector car events each June at the historic Hotel Hershey, also presented $25,000 to the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, with a similar distribution to the AACA Library & Research Center. This year’s check presentations bring the total amount raised for charity through The Elegance at Hershey to more than $800,000 during its first five years.
“With the generous help from our sponsors, donors and patrons, we are pleased to again make these significant contributions to our beneficiaries,” noted Michael Rich, chairman of The Elegance at Hershey Board. “By combining the very finest in cars with very worthwhile causes, we have established The Elegance as a major national philanthropic event,” he said. Mr. Rich’s father, Jack Rich, was instrumental in founding The Elegance at Hershey in 2010.
Susan Harral, Executive Director of JDRF’s Central PA Chapter, comments “On behalf of our Chapter, we wish to thank the organizers, volunteers, sponsors and donors who make The Elegance at Hershey possible each year. We are delighted to be a part of this unique and memorable event and look forward to our continued association. We are most honored to be a beneficiary of this event and we thank The Elegance Board for this generous donation. Funds received through this event help support our efforts in type 1 diabetes research, outreach initiatives and programs for those impacted by this disease as we continue our quest for a cure.”
“Our AACA Library & Research Center is a free public library,” noted Steve Moskowitz, Executive Director of the AACA. “The contribution from The Elegance at Hershey is a significant donation for our cause. We provide a benefit to historians world-wide and this funding helps us in our mission to educate people about our automotive past. On behalf of the board of directors of AACA we sincerely thank The Elegance at Hershey for their generosity,” he said.
“The AACA Museum’s board of directors, its staff and volunteers and I wish to thank The Elegance at Hershey for this generous donation,” commented Mark Lizewskie, Executive Director of the AACA Museum. “Our affiliation with The Elegance at Hershey is a huge honor, and this donation will assist in continuing our core value of being a vital educational asset of the community.”
Next year’s Elegance will be held from June 10-12, 2016. The Elegance at Hershey begins on Friday and Saturday with The Grand Ascent, a two-day revival of the historic Hershey Hill Climb on its original challenging course behind the Hotel Hershey. Saturday also features an encore presentation of the Concorso Bizarro, an off-beat car show for automotive oddities. New this year, Saturday will also feature a classic car auction hosted by the Keno Brothers. The Elegance at Hershey main event on Sunday is a judged concours featuring more than 70 of the world’s finest and most collectible automobiles, displayed on the formal gardens of The Hotel Hershey. All events take place at The Hotel Hershey and are open to the public.
Photo by Jim Butler – Left to Right: Mary Ann Pruden, JDRF Development Coordinator; Holly Simpson, Elegance Board Member; Mark Lizewskie, Elegance Executive Director; Chris Ritter, Librarian, AACA Library & Research Center; and Melvin Morales, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts