PHOENIX _ After four years, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance has been discontinued. According to organizers, a lack of financial support doomed the January event.
“The long-term success of such events as the Arizona Concours is built on sustained corporate support,” organizers said in a news release. “Although the concours has been a critical success, it unfortunately has not established the financial foundation necessary to support it sustainably into the future. Not wishing to compromise the quality or the integrity of the event, the directors have decided to retire the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The Concours scheduled for January 2018 will not take place.”
According to organizers, the Arizona Concours raised $300,000 for its charity, Make-A-Wish Arizona, and enabled more than 30 wishes for young people battling life-threatening illnesses.
“In the beginning, we set out to achieve a word-class Concours and an event that would positively impact the lives of children in need,” said Kevin Cornish, executive director of the Arizona Concours. “The group of people responsible for the Arizona Concours take great pride in what has been achieved and we thank all of those who worked so hard to make this, our dream, a reality. As Dr. Seuss said, ‘Don’t cry because it is ending…be happy because it happened!’”