The seventh annual Gila River Hotels & Casinos Concours in the Hills, a Scuderia Southwest event, raised $250,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The Feb. 8 car extravaganza smashed its own goal, satisfying a five-year, $500,000 pledge in just three years.
The family-friendly show was free to the public, with donations generated by participating vehicle sponsors. It attracted 30,000 spectators, an increase of 5,000 over last year, with 118 sponsors.
Car enthusiasts from across the Southwest showcased a record 1,052 collector and exotic vehicles. The show opened with an announcement of “Drivers, start your engines” from Valley professional drivers including Derek Daly, Arie Luyendyk, Didier Theys, Lyn St. James and Harley Cluxton. An addition this year, Disney Corporation delivered a Ferrari P4 replica and a Ford GT40 replica along for display with fun champagne-popping photo booth ops. Stunt drivers from the Oscar-winning Ford v Ferrari movie also made appearances.
Peter Volny, the event’s founder, along with colleague David Crofford at Scuderia Southwest, says the active club of car aficionados is as passionate about helping kids with cancer as they are about cars. A pediatric cancer survivor, former race car driver and marketing pro, Volny says he and his wife, Linda, visited the hospital and were touched by the strength and resilience of the children they met there.