Seen: Air show highlights the Concours d’Elegance fundraiser

There are many reasons to attend the annual Morgan Adams Foundation Concours d’Elegance, and for thrill-seekers the main attraction would seem to be the air show.

Along with the chance to admire classic cars and vintage motorcycles, this fundraiser for pediatric cancer research included a demonstration of death-defying aerobatics performed by pilots Dagmar Kress, Don Nelson, Buck Roetman and Gary Rower.

They executed barrel rolls and loop-de-loops in front of a crowd that included Charlie Gallagher; Jack Cronin and Mary Gittings Cronin; George and Carole Shaw; Cathy Brownfield and Charlie Johnson.

Johnson, a former Air Force fighter pilot and a 2014 inductee into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, is the president/CEO of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. He also chairs the board of directors for Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

Prior to joining Aero, he was president of Cessna Aircraft.

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The evening’s grand finale came after dinner when retired rocket scientist Bob Carlton, who has been flying since he was 19 and holds commercial pilot certification, set the night sky ablaze with a pyrotechnics display and aerobics performed in a SubSonix JSX-1 Microjet.

Peter and Marian Taylor were the honorary chairmen for the 15th edition of this popular event held in and around the TAC Air and CenturyLink hangars at Centennial Airport.

The Taylors have supported the Morgan Adams Foundation since its start and, said co-founder Joan Slaughter, “Their friendship, feedback and advice … have been invaluable gifts to the foundation. They are woven into the very fabric of this event.”

Slaughter and her late husband, Steven Adams, started the Morgan Adams Foundation after their daughter, Morgan, succumbed to a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor four months after her sixth birthday.

Since its start, the foundation has funded some $4 million in pediatric cancer research.

“We have invested thoughtfully,” Slaughter said, “and

Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle

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