Concours d’Elegance of America Announces Official Charities

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TROY – The Board of Directors of the Concours d’Elegance of America has announced that the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Leader Dogs for the Blind and Hospice of Michigan will be its charitable beneficiaries at the 2012 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s.

Concours’ Director and Chief Judge, Bill Parfet explained, “To further celebrate the heritage of Detroit, a portion of the proceeds of the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s is designated for local educational and charitable organizations. This year the College for Creative Studies (CCS), known for its world preeminent automotive design curriculum; Leader Dogs for the Blind and Hospice of Michigan.”

From its founding 32 years ago, the Concours has always had a charitable purpose. For its first 32 years, historic preservation of Meadow Brook Hall on the campus of Oakland University received more than five million dollars in funds generated by the event which were directly used for the preservation, restoration and maintenance of the nationally listed historic structure.

After moving the Concours to The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth in 2011, the Board of Directors discussed the possibility of naming new charities to benefit from the event. After careful consideration, the Concours Board selected three: The College for Creative Studies, Leader Dogs for the Blind and Hospice of Michigan.

The 2012 Concours d’Elegance of America will be held on Sunday, July 29. For tickets, information on ancillary events, parking and more, please visit the website at www.concoursusa.org.

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