THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance would not be possible without the support of the below community partners. They provide critical manpower to make the event possible.
Following the fall Festival, each spring the Fund committee provides grants to those organizations that support the event.
82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION ASSOCIATION, BEN VANDERVOORT CHAPTER
The mission of the organization is to 1) to establish a bond with the active duty, 2) to perpetuate to memory of the Airborne, 3) to assist and service matters pertaining to veterans benefits, and 4) establish and maintain high standards and morals to the Airborne Troopers.
The "BV" Chapter assisted with set-up during the 2021 Festival and the grant provided by Driving Young America supports a scholarship fund at the Citadel for their most Distinguished Airborne Graduate, The Ben Vandervoort Award.
Learn more about the Ben Vandervoort Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association.
ARTS CENTER OF COASTAL CAROLINA
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is an award-winning regional arts center striving to enrich the community through professional performing and visual arts, as well as through cultural festivals and educational outreach.
Their Education Department assists in developing the presentation materials for the finalists participating in the annual Michelin Junior Challenge Design. These materials allow the students to present themselves to the expert panel of judges in a professional manner.
The grant from Driving Young America supports two of the Arts Center's dynamic arts education
outreach services, The Taste of Gullah Festival and a Very Special Arts (VSA) classes for students with
Learn more about the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
Their mission is simple - to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. They currently have over 1,000 members enrolled, and over 250 children walk through their doors every day.
Volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island help make the Patrons tent a special experience for those who purchase the Patrons (VIP) packages.
Driving Young America's grant helps to support the Club's reading enrichment program that provides independent reading assistance and coaching using Lexia software that is personalized for each member.
Learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.
HEROES ON HORSEBACK
Heroes on Horseback enriches the community and the lives of individuals with special needs by
providing equine assisted activities and therapy in an effective, compassionate environment. Equine therapy is a proven, unique and documented form of therapy for disabled individuals.
Heroes on Horseback supports the treasury department during the Festival and provides additional volunteers at the main ticketing gate during the event.
The Driving Young America grant goes directly to fund the cost of equine therapy for Heroes on Horseback's participants.
Learn more about Heroes on Horseback.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS CLUB
The Hilton Head Island High School Robotics Club currently consists of 34 members, and growing. We are working with the 2 elementary and 1 middle school on the Hilton
Head Schools Campus to introduce Robotics to their students. We compete utilizing the VEX Robotics platform. Our activities involve VEX Robotics Competitions, Robot Design and Construction, Programming with Python, and Community Outreach.
The Robotics Club oversaw the off-site parking areas at the 2021 Festival, helping aid guests and make the experience easy and hospitable .
Grant funds received were utilized to further the growth of the club and provide the additional VEX Robotics
equipment needed to do so.
Learn more about the Beaufort County School District.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR ROTC
The program's mission is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.
The Hilton Head Island High School Navy Junior ROTC program provides additional parking support as well as a color guard for the Festival's opening ceremonies.
Funding from Driving Young America helps to support the over dozen community service events the Navy Junior ROTC participates in.
Learn more about the Naval Service Training Command, NJROTC Program.
HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY LEAGUE
The Hilton Head Sympony Orchestra hopes to “bridge” the gap in music education in the schools by providing local children with presentations that have been demonstrated to improve academic performance, advance social skills, and improve students’ engagement in the classroom.
Volunteers from the Hilton Head Symphony League operated the courtesy cart shuttles that provide event guests with support while on site and add to the hospitality the Festival has become known for.
Funding from Driving Young America supports the Orchestra's Music Bridges education program, a music-in-the-schools educational engagement program under the leadership of Music Director John Morris Russell.
Learn more about the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.
People want to give back, but often don't have the time, don't know how, and don't have resources to do
so. The IVOLUNTEERNOW mobile app will directly eradicate these challenges by creating an environment where individual people, without any direct affiliation, can volunteer for causes they care about, whenever they are free.
IVOLUNTEER provided staff at the event's ticketing gates and funding from Driving Young America assisted with further develop and launch our geo-connecting mobile application for volunteering called IVOLUNTEERNOW. The app will identify the user's live location and connect them
to volunteer opportunities nearby in real-time. It will also include features to track the user's social impact in real-time.
Learn more about IVOLUNTEER.
ROTARY CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
As part of its mission, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island holds a Safety Town program each year for 150 students of the Early Childhood Center where they learn about safety in the home and outside. This program is done in partnership with the police, fire, EMS, HH Hospital, Palmetto Electric, and the Town of HHI. This is hands-on education that is fun and interactive. The students rotate through stations staffed by each of the partner organizations.
The Rotary Club provided personnel for the Festival's kick-off event, the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala.
Funding from Driving Young America goes to operating the Safety Town program which is offered at no charge to participants.
Learn more about the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island.
THE SANDBOX CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
The Sandbox Children’s Museum is proud to be a premiere destination for early childhood, hands-on play and learning in the Hilton Head, Bluffton, and surrounding area. Our primary goal is educating young children through age-appropriate, interactive activities and exhibits that enable children to play freely while exploring their creativity and discovering the world around them.
Volunteers from The Sandbox oversee the People's Choice voting both for the Car Club Showcase and the Concours d'Elegance events.
The Driving Young America funding supports The Sandbox's scholarship program that allows local children to attend camp programs at a greatly reduced fee.
Learn more about The Sandbox Children's Museum.
SOAR SPECIAL RECREATION
The mission of SOAR Special Recreation is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing Special Olympics sports and recreation as well as programs which facilitate social interaction. SOAR offers training and competition in 9 Special Olympics sports year-round for over 600 athletes of all ages in Beaufort and Jasper Counties.
SOAR oversees the Festival's Exhibitors Lounge, providing support and hospitality for over 500 vehicle owners.
All athletes participating in Special Olympics sports training and competition do so at no expense to the athlete or their family and the grant from Driving Young America enables SOAR to be able to provide this service.
Learn more about SOAR Special Recreation.
ST. LUKE'S PRESCHOOL
St. Luke's Preschool is a Christian preschool caring for students as young as 18 months up to 5 years old. Through the educational enrichment, we introduce them to ways to help their development and social skills. We provide a loving and caring environment for this to happen.
In 2021, St. Luke's Preschool provided volunteers to help support the information department, providing assistance to guests throughout the Festival.
Funding from Driving Young America helps support scholarship assistance to those who otherwise would not be able to send their child to St Luke's Preschool.
Learn more about St. Luke's Preschool.