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Annual Concours d' Elegance auto show shifts to San Mateo

Original post made on Jan 22, 2013

After a six-month search for a new venue, the Palo Alto Lions Club will hold its 47th annual Concours d' Elegance auto show at the San Mateo County Event Center instead of Stanford University's athletic field, where it has been held for the past 38 years, organizers announced. ==B Related story:==
• [Web Link Concours d'Elegance looks for new home outside Stanford]

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 11:21 AM

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Posted by Tim
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Sounds like the event will be held indoors. Sad.

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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Stanford's recent policy change regarding non-university events Is why they are moving to San Mateo.
Will all "Non Stanford University Events" be banned from the campus? Why ban such a Benevolent charity like the Lions?

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Posted by charity?
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 23, 2013 at 8:53 am

They are charging $30 per person for this event, but they only donated $1.7 million over 40 years (about $40,000 per year). Sounds like the vast majority of that entrance fee is going to the club, not to charity.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

The club is a non profit. The Concours cost a surprisingly large amount to conduct each year, which is where a lot of the ticket money goes. If it were not for the large contingent of volunteers, sponsorships and spaces for commercial entities this event could not happen.

There is no money retained-it all goes to charity.

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Posted by charity?
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I have no problem with local groups staging expensive events. Just don't call it a charity event if very little of the revenue actually goes to charity. Legitimate charity fundraising should be giving at least 75% of their revenue to the designated charities.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Stanford's University's bad neighbor policy toward the City of Palo Alto--which is tied to the University by a shared property boundary--continues down a slippery slope whereby Stanford University, which has been blessed with so much, is now drawing a very defined line in the sand stipulating: "What the University wants, it expects to get" and if it doesn't there is a gaggle of highly paid lawyers who will argue on their behalf-regardless of the moral nature of the action--and as far as giving back to the community that Stanford looks to to facilitates the personal lives of so many people who work for and live at Stanford University--forget about that--even when their good neighbor Palo Alto, a world class community, is simply asking for some space on which to park some of the most beautiful and well taken care of vehicles in the world so as to be able to charge money for an entrance fee, all of the net profit from which will simply be given to those who Stanford would likely argue--or pay someone to do argue for them--that those are the people on the planet that really need help from well funded organizations like Stanford University.

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by businessdecision
a resident of another community
on Jan 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Less of a light in the world, now, wouldn't you say? Vocational now.

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Posted by class car nut
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I have been made aware that some of the people involved with the concours have been paid, therefore, not all money collected is donated to charities.

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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Mark-- [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.}
For too long palo alto has tried to extort money from Stanford. Stanford land s private property-- no obligation to do your bidding, mark. And mark, have you inquired as to why Stanford has denied the locale for the show? I bet you have not.

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Posted by Shaun
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 10, 2013 at 11:24 am

It is time for Palo Alto as a city to step up to the plate on this one and support the Lion's in their decades long effort to simply help charities and provide a venue for this event. If not this year then certainly in future years.

Palo alto has many other smaller groups that benefit greatly from large tracks of city land and I am sure that one of the cities sites could be used for such a fun, well attended and charitable event.

The golf course, the airport, Gunn or Palo High, Foothills Park etc all have enough parking and enclosed space to make the concours viable. It would just take the will from city officials to help in obstacles and for one of those venues to give up 1 weekend of 52 to help such a well meaning group.

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Posted by william
a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm

very disappointed to see Stanford banning the concours charity event. I will remember this when asked to donate or voting to raise my taxes.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 1, 2013 at 11:53 am

I had a discussion with an annual exhibitor about all of this. What none of us have been told is that the current event managers (not the Lions) have a lot to do with the problems as well. There's more than one side to this story.

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