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Concours d’Elegance Boca Raton 2019 Recap – Day 2 (Gala Dinner)
We’re back with the second part to our 3 days of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance RECAP. Here’s our recap for Day 2’s Grand Gala Dinner, Live Auction & Show, which was held Saturday, February 23, 2019.
Here’s the recap of Day 1 (Hangar Party with duPont Registry™) in case you missed it.
When we say it was a spectacular 3 day event, that’s an understatement. From February 22nd to the 23rd, each day was chock full of great cars, great fun, and great people.
This was the 13th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. Here is a little snippet about the Boca Concours car show…
What is the Concours d’Elegance?
The Concours d’Elegance in Boca Raton is an annual vintage three-day car event. Boca’s Concours d’Elegance is the hottest car show in Florida and one of the fastest growing and world’s largest Concours for charity.
Each day, you’ll find some of the most incredible cars the world has to offer. Everything from exotics to custom cars, motorcycle, and even yachts and jets, are on display at Boca Raton’s Concours d’Elegance.
“d’Elegance” is the perfect word to describe the event as every second, from Friday to Sunday, is sophisticated and elegant, never lacking in fun.
You have great networking, exquisite food, tasty drinks, amazing vehicles, interesting vendors, live entertainment, and more. One of the “more” being superstar comedian Jay Leno, who was there all 3 days. Mr. Leno was an absolute riot. As humorous as he is, he’s equally well-versed in automobiles. He’s been an avid car enthusiast since his early teen years when he got his first vehicle. It was a 1934 Ford pick up truck. Now, over half a century later, he is a huge reason for the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance’s massive success.
The first Concours d’Elegance in Boca Raton was back in 2006. Since then, the extravagant car event has raised over $10 million in charity. This is a staggering number.
Every car nut across the world knows about the Boca Raton Concours.
Here’s a quick briefing of the three days that makes up the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance.
Day 1 (Friday – February 22, 2019): Hangar Party (see recap of Day 1)
The Concours kicked off on Friday night with the duPont Registry™ Live Hangar Party at Atlantic Aviation in the Boca Raton Airport.
Day 2 (Saturday – February 23, 2019): Gala Dinner and Auction & Show
Saturday night was the Gala Dinner and Auction & Entertainment Show. The full recap of day 2’s Gala Dinner is below.
Day 3 (Sunday – February 24, 2019) Automobile & Motorcycle Exhibition
This is the main event and the final day. It is an automobile and motorcycle exhibition. The Boca Raton Resort & Club turns into a car and motorcycle show-field competition. And it all ends with an awards ceremony. For the car enthusiasts out there, this is the day you don’t want to miss.
Recap of Gala Dinner and Auction & Show (Day 2 of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance 2019).
Here is the recap of the Saturday night (February 23rd, 2019) Gala Dinner. The Grand Gala Dinner was held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, as per usual, and it was a night that made everyone feel like a star.
Saturday began with numerous automotive seminars, with a special honoring of Bentley Motorcars for their 100 year anniversary. Afterward, the Grand Gala Dinner commenced. It all started with a Live Auction & Show featuring headline entertainers and emcee Jay Leno. Guests got the opportunity to bid on various items at a silent auction, which was part of the pre-dinner cocktail festive. The dinner followed and it was clear they went above and beyond as it was a delicious gourmet multi-course meal.
Following the dinner, guests were also able to further bid on exclusive “experience” packages, trips, and super high-end prizes concurrently with one of the main events of the night, the Live Auction.
Additionally, the evening combined live presentations of the yearly Concours Awards – National Automotive Manufacturer Lifetime Achievement Award, National Automotive Dealer Lifetime Achievement Award, National Automotive Racing Lifetime Achievement Award. Furthermore, the was incredible performances, one of which was done by the one-of-a-kind car aficionado Mr. Jay Leno.
We took many photos of the Grand Gala Dinner to include in this post. So, let’s have a look at some of the highlights from Saturday, Day 2 of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance 2019.
Diamonds by Raymond Lee rolled up in the armored truck. Are diamond truck was full of all kinds of fine jewelry to share with the guests at the Grand Gala Dinner.
The all red Lamborghini Huracán Performante and Bugatti Chiron with prime parking. Both of these cars are jaw droppers that garner plenty of attention.
Janeece Sinclair posing in front of adrenaline red Dodge Viper looking absolutely stunning in her green open leg dress, platform heels, and diamond jewelry. Let’s have a closer look at her diamond jewelry of choice for the Grand Gala Dinner.
Janeece was sporting fancy yellow diamond earrings, a diamond princess necklace, and a fancy yellow diamond ring from Diamonds by Raymond Lee.
Diamonds by Raymond Lee brought some muscle to the show. The Mustang and the Audi, mixing new with old, foreign with domestic – We came in full force this year.
Bugatti, Bugatti, Bugatti. Another shot of the Bugatti Chiron. This exotic two seater has a base price of a whopping $3 million.
We set up displays of some of our finest and newest jewelry for the pre-dinner party and cocktails. The jewelry wasn’t there to just goggle over, we were answering questions and guests were happily trying on different pieces.
The Diamonds by Raymond Lee crew 🙂
Lee Josephson, owner of Diamonds by Raymond Lee, enjoying the pre-dinner festivities.
Some of the guests after dinner posing for a pic. Notice the gold matinee necklace with an emerald pendant – such a striking look.
We auctioned off a diamond pendant necklace that went for 25 thousand dollars, all to charity. Tom McDonald and his wife Vickie won the diamond necklace.
Dr. Ian Goldbaum with Mr. Jay Leno posing after having a nice conversation.
The award ceremony commencing on stage.
The First 100 Years Presented by Rubén Verdés, and CCCA – What We’re All About – Presented by Jay Quail – the Executive Director and CEO of The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA). First, the National Automotive Manufacturer Lifetime Achievement Award went to Mercedes-Benz USA President & CEO Dietmar Exler. Second, the National Automotive Dealer Lifetime Achievement Award went to Rick Hendrick, Chairman, and Owner of the Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports. Lastly, the National Automotive Racing Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ryan Hunter-Reay.
The key players of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance gathered on stage for a group photo. The stary background was the perfect representation of these people efforts in creating a fantastic event that raises copious amounts of money for charity.
Jay Leno on stage entertaining the guests with an utterly hilarious performance.
It might be hard to get on stage and entertain after Jay Leno’s performance, however, this man absolutely killed it with his art show. Raw talent like this can only be found at prestigious events like Boca Raton Concours Grand Gala Dinner.
13th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance ACCOLADES
The world-renowned car event was presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation this year. There were numerous sponsors as well, such as: Rick Case Automotive Group, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Diamonds by Raymond Lee, duPont Registry Live, Holman Motorcars, Bugatti of Broward County, SunSentinel, Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale, Lamborghini of Broward County, Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, Audi (Coral Springs & Fort Lauderdale), and many more.
Founders of Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance
Boca Raton’s Concours d’Elegance is founded and directed by Rita & Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive. They are a wonderful couple and their company’s headquarter is in Davie, Florida.
The Boca Raton Concours team comprises over 300 passionate volunteers. Each volunteer donates their time for the execution of this marvelous car event. As you can imagine, this isn’t a small job. The event sees thousands of attendees each year.
2019 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance Charity
The 2019 Boca Raton Concours D’elegance years event benefits the Boy’s & Girl’s Clubs of Broward County. To date, this spectacular three-day car show has raised over $10 million dollars for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. The tremendous efforts of the Concours car show in Boca Raton help the 12,000+ at-risk youth that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County support day in and day out.
All of the proceeds from tickets go to the charity. Friday’s event is $125; Saturday’s is $500; and Sunday’s is $100, plus, on Sunday there is an exclusive lunch with Jay Leno, Warne Carini, and Keith Martin, the tickets are $1,000 per person. On top of that, local businesses and people of the community make various donations of their own good will.
This is Karriem Edwards, he runs the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County…such a great man.
Boy’s & Girl’s Clubs of Broward County
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) private agency, dedicated to helping young people improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth, and serves more than 12,500 at-risk youth throughout the County. BGCBC has received the coveted 4 stars rating (out of 4 stars) by Charity Navigator for the seventh year in a row. (Only 4% of the Non- Profits in the USA have achieved this level of excellence).” – Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County
Diamonds by Raymond Lee (Sponsor of Boca Concours d’Elegance 2019)
We have been sponsors and attendees of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance for multiple years running. So here is a little about us…
Diamonds by Raymond Lee – and Raymond Lee Jewelers, our flagship store which is also in Boca Raton – has been in business for over three decades. We are Boca Raton’s finest, high-end jewelry, pre-owned luxury watch, diamond engagement ring, and estate jewelry boutique.
Diamonds by Raymond Lee is South Florida’s top destination for diamonds. We have an extremely selective and huge collection of designer bridal jewelry, diamond jewelry, and loose diamonds.
Besides jewelry, the Diamonds by Raymond Lee team is made up of avid car nuts and we love to get involved in everything “cars” here in South Florida. We love cars so much that we started our own Boca car show, which has turned out to be a massive hit over the past year.
Diamonds and Donuts – Monthly Boca Car Show
If you aren’t familiar, Diamonds and Donuts is a monthly car show in Boca Raton, held at Diamonds by Raymond Lee. Our car show is more than just a place where amazing cars gather; it is a charity event (just like the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance), raising money and goods for local causes.
The first Diamonds and Donuts car show was April of 2017, and we have been growing month over month ever since. We now get a TON of cars and attendees and are recognized as one of the hottest car shows in South Florida.
Diamonds and Donuts has luxury cars and jewelry, live music, delicious foods and exclusive giveaways, gorgeous “Diamond Girls” and awesome Floridians, and it is a great chance for local businesses and entrepreneurs to connect with their community.
We are so grateful to all that show up and for making our car show such a hit. Diamonds and Supercars have striking similarities and attract a lot of attention, so it is no wonder it’s been so successful. Also, we just know how to put on a good show. If you are in Boca Raton, you should definitely come check out our car show, it is 100% free for anyone and everyone.
What we do at Diamonds by Raymond Lee in Boca Raton
We are specialist in the field of luxury designer rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, and watches. We are also experts in custom jewelry design.
Furthermore, Diamonds by Raymond Lee is well known for having the widest selection of pre-owned Rolex, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and Omega watches…not to mention, numerous other luxury Swiss watch brands.
We’d love for you to visit either of our stunning jewelry stores, which are both located in Boca Raton, to see why we are the talk of the town when it comes to jewelry…AND cars.