News & Media
April 26, 2012
Motoring Festival Awards Contributions to Local Organizations Puts total contributions over $140,000
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (April 26, 2012) – Organizers for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance through its Driving Young America charitable Fund presented grants to local community organizations who, in turn, offered services to help manage last year’s record-breaking Motoring Festival. In total from the 2011 Festival, over $28,000 was contributed in local grants and regional scholarship programs.
In addition to the automotive education scholarships presented during the 2011 event festivities to Palmetto Advancement in Learning Motorsports (PALM), Central Piedmont Community College and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for their design of the 2011 commemorative poster, checks were presented at the Festival’s first Managers Meeting for the year to each of the contributing local organizations including: Beaufort Memorial Hospital for providing first aid services on-site during the Festival; Heroes on Horseback for coordinating and running the Driving Young America Tent and the carriage exhibit; the Hilton Head High School Jazz Band for providing live Jazz music at the event; the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra for managing the Festival’s beverage stations and exhibitor registration; Junior Leadership for their assistance in greeting shuttles from the off-site parking lots and coordination in the sponsor Ride & Drive areas; St. Luke’s Preschool and Bluffton Boys & Girls Club for coordinating and manning on-site parking; Academy For Career Excellence for providing volunteer lunches; Hilton Head Aquatics for event signage and site work; Hilton Head High School Robotics Team for its robotics exhibit during the event; the Sandbox Children’s Museum for coordinating the Kid’s Corral at the event; and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina for hosting the Chauffer’s Society fundraising event of Driving Young America.
“We couldn’t be happier that we are able to continue to give back to the community through those organizations who have directly supported the mission of the Festival,” said Carolyn Vanagel, the event’s President. “Our continuing to increase our charitable contributions is one of the key goals of the Festival, and we are ecstatic that we have been able to accomplish this over the last couple of years. We hope that we will continue in this same pattern year after year.”
The Driving Young America Charitable Fund was established in 2007 for the purpose of generating, administering and distributing funds to those non-profit organizations and individuals who meet the selection criteria and mission of the Fund. Driving Young America, in 2008, established its Chauffeur’s Society, a group set up to recognize major donors to the Fund. To learn more about Driving Young America and its Chauffeur’s Society, visit www.hhiconcours.com/charity.html.
Planning for the 11th Annual event this fall, October 26 – November 4, 2012, is well underway with the Ford Model T designated as the event’s Class Honored Marque in recognition of the American automotive industry. More information for the 2012 event will follow.
For more information, please visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com.