Monmouth County Concours d'Elegance
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties
HOLMDEL: Cars, kids and fashion take center stage this fall, as picturesque Hop Brook Farm in Holmdel again plays host to the annual Monmouth County Concours d"Elegance. On Saturday, October 4th automobile collectors and aficionados from the tri‐state area and beyond will gather for this special charity event featuring a display of over 135 antique automobiles and motorcycles. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, an organization making a positive difference in the lives of children through impactful one on one mentoring.
Set amidst neatly rowed cornfields, manicured lawns and an 18th century farmhouse, the Monmouth County Concours d’Elegance is considered by many to be the premier automobile event in the state. The affair features an artful exhibition of pristine motorcars from 1900 – 1974, including notable Duesenberg’s, Packard’s, and Lincolns. From hundreds of entries, the finest automobiles are carefully chosen based on elegance, style and overall beauty. After a public showing and “French” judging, the Concours Grand Finale takes place with winning automobiles parading down “Victory Lane” to the cheers of hundreds of appreciative spectators. A Concours fashion show featuring men, women and children in the latest fall styles is another popular feature of this event. Rare automobiles and high fashion, however, are only part of the story according to Jeff Cruz, a Rumson Realtor and Founder of the event. Since its beginning in 2008, the Monmouth Concours has raised over $400,000 for worthwhile local charities. “There is no doubt we could host a Concours on the merits of the automobiles alone. But the charitable aspect clearly gives the event a greater purpose. Using the automobiles as a ‘vehicle’ to help worthwhile charities has always been our mission,” he explains.
For 2014, Jeff Cruz and his like‐minded committee of philanthropists have partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a Monmouth and Middlesex County chapter of the national organization. “Through the efforts of Big Brothers Big Sisters, children's lives are vastly improved. Tangible results include better grades in school, greater self-esteem and improved life choices” says Cruz. “Through the meaningful guidance of a Big Brother or Sister, kids are more likely to attend school, experience greater social confidence and are more likely to avoid peer violence”. As a Big Brother to a young boy while attending college, Cruz experienced first-hand the power an adult role model can have. “Kids face difficult choices and often need a helping hand to guide them; counselors and volunteers are the backbone of this organization. We are proud to support the efforts of Big Brothers Big Sisters and help promote their message in 2014“ he says.
The Monmouth County Concours d’Elegance takes place Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm and is a family event open to the general public. In addition to the display of vintage automobiles and motorcycles, there will be a food court and fall fashion show. The $10 admission fee is a tax‐deductible donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free. Spectator parking is provided at no cost courtesy of Vonage. For more information, please visit www.monmouthcountyconcours.com. Or to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit www.bbbsmmc.org.