Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Charitable Donations Excedded $2-M in 2018

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Raises Record Amount for People in Need
2018 Charitable Donations Exceed $2 Million
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and its charitable partners gathered to celebrate a milestone in the event’s charitable giving: the 2018 Concours raised more than $2-M for people in need.

At the celebratory luncheon, Pebble Beach Company CEO Bill Perocchi announced that a total of $2,112,980 is being distributed to local charities this year, up from a previous high of $1,900,461 in Y 2015.

Since its founding in Y 1950, the Concours has now raised more than $27-M in charitable donations.

“People think we’re all about cars,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “But the car world is really all about people. Behind every great car there are a great many people—designers, mechanics, drivers, caretakers. And a host of people are needed for this Concours; in addition to our entrants and judges, more than 1,200 people volunteer their time to make this event a success. So we want to do all that we can to help people in need in our local community.”

Through its primary charitable partner, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Concours funds support more than 80 local nonprofit organizations, many of which focus on youth education, particularly literacy.

“Every charity dollar is important to our local organizations, so we are very appreciative of everyone’s generosity through the Concours event,” said Mr. Perocchi. “The Pebble Beach Company Foundation believes that education changes lives and that all children deserve access to exceptional educational opportunities. These nonprofits help us put each dollar where it will have the most benefit, and as a result, are directly impacting our region for the better.”

Additional charities that benefit directly from the Concours include Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, Natividad Foundation, Kinship Center, Montage Health, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Animal Friends Rescue Project, and United Way Monterey County. Several more charities volunteer time and effort in exchange for donations, while other nonprofits benefit from the use of Concours infrastructure, such as tents, to host fundraisers.

Concours charitable funds come from many sources in addition to its proceeds. Generous participants send in direct donations, and event partners such as Genesis, INFINITI, Mercedes-Benz USA and Volkswagen of America donate automobiles for charity drawings. This year, amidst those charity drawings, Jay Leno also personally raised more than $125,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County by donating tours of his garage.

Efforts to raise charitable donations through the 2019 Concours are already underway.

The 2019 Concours, scheduled for Sunday, 18 August, during the 100-year anni of Pebble Beach, will feature Centennial celebrations for Bentley and Zagato and will host several additional special classes.

For more information about the Y 2019 event, or to make a donation, go to

Contact: Kandace Hawkinson

(831) 622-1700;

Pictured above: Pebble Beach Company, in concert with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Pebble Beach Company Foundation, held its annual luncheon for charity partners Wednesday, November 14. Gathered together were (l to r): Steve Packer, M.D., Montage President & CEO; Jeff Wardwell, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation Board Chairman; Pete Delgado, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare President & CEO; Tom Gray, Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County Board Chairman; Kevin Causey, Montage Foundation Executive Vice President; Sandra Button, Pebble Beach Concours Chairman; Ron Johnson, Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County President & CEO; Jennifer Williams, Natividad Foundation President & CEO; Gary Gray, M.D., Natividad President & CEO; Darla Smith, Animal Friends Rescue Project Board Member; Jeff Davi, Kinship Center Board Chairman; Linda Dorris, Kinship Center Board Member; Katy Castagna, United Way Monterey County President & CEO; Doug Yount, United Way Monterey County Board Chairman; and Susan Merfeld, Pebble Beach Company Foundation President.
2018 Charity Drawing Partners
Mercedes-Benz USA donated a 2018  Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe to raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County and for Montage Health. 
Genesis donated a 2019 Genesis G70 RWD 3.3T Sport to raise funds for Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation and for Animal Friends Rescue Project.
Volkswagen of America donated a 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line to raise funds for Natividad Foundation.
INFINITI donated a 2019 INFINITI QX50 Essential with ProAssist & Sensory Packages to raise funds for Kinship Center.
Jay Leno offered tours of his garage to raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County. 
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
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