Fourth Annual Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance profiting Cool Cars for Kids to be rescheduled for 2021
PHILADELPHIA — Retired NFL Super Bowl-winning trainer Dick Vermeil is enthusiastic about many things – family, football, philanthropy, winemaking, and, what could be unknown to a lot of lovers…classic automobiles.
Ever since nonprofit Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. (CCfK) established the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance, an yearly fundraising classic vehicle competition connected with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Vermeil not just linked its board, however, has engaged each year from case with his very own 1926 Ford Miller Schofield Special sprint car, aka “Black Beauty,” that formerly belonged to and was hurried by his father Louis Vermeil.
This year could have marked the fourth yearly presentation of this Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance which was held April 24-25, in the world renowned Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. However, such as the vast majority of concours events at the Philadelphia area and across the nation, the City of Brotherly Love’s premier concours event was cancelled on account of this coronavirus pandemic. The two-day occasion gains CHOP in providing hope and help to children with rare genetic investigations as well as their own families, and to encourage research which will determine the best potential remedies. For upgrades on the next year’s event, for example fresh scheduled dates, the general public is encouraged to go to the Cool Cars for Kids site — www.coolcarsforkids.org.
Vermeil, who invested 15 seasons as an NFL head coach to get its Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Kansas City Chiefs, and possesses the distinction of being named “Coach of the Year” for high school, junior college, NCAA Division I and professional football, recently sat down with Cool Cars for Kids to discuss how he became involved with the nonprofit and the significance of its mission.
Below is a Q&A excerpt, edited for length and clarity; the video and interview may be viewed under (video charge: Cosmo Losco Films), as well as contains appearances by Michael Tillson III, president and manager of Cool Cars for Kids, Chief Judge of those Concours, and one of the nation’s most highly regarded authorities on sports and classic cars; Dr. Ian Krantz, pediatrician and geneticist in CHOP, and CCfK creator; Dr. Fred Simeone, creator of this Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum; and also the Feehan household, parents of Connor Feehan, a patient in CHOP.
CCfK: How did you get involved with Cool Cars to get Kids? )
DV: I have been involved with Cool Cars for Kids along with also the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance because its predecessors in 2017. The reason I have been involved is due to our granddaughter, Amy Vermeil, who had been born with a rare hereditary condition, and that had been diagnosed with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia years past. Because of this, the Vermeil family got involved and their assignment is quite near our hearts, and we love what they do. They’ve done wonders . Amy’s a leader in our household – type of a magnetic force that attracts us together, and we love each other even more so for her.
CCfK: Your father Louis Vermeil was rather a car man, racing sprint cars in California from the early’50s. You revived his 1926 Ford Miller Schofield Special. How does it feel to talk about this private background by showing the vehicle in the Concours?
DV: I like the atmosphere of this Simeone Museum, the link between the Cool Cars occasion and what it can for kids with severe genetic disorders. Besides performing a great deal of good, it is a good deal of fun. The whatever that you understand when you visit our event is that the fire these people have for assisting different people…and what they provide up of their time for events such as that to do things to assist these families which need that type of assistance. I understand out of restoring my dad’s old race car that in the event that you are enthusiastic about anything it is excellent, but to be about people that are enthusiastic about other things aside from the way that they create a dwelling is a tiny bit different. . .and I really, really like that.
For more info about Cool Cars for Kids along with also the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance, see www.coolcarsforkids.org, or call 267-982-CCfK (2235).
Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. Is a nonprofit organization established in Philadelphia, Pa. That brings together families of children with genetic conditions and antique car enthusiasts who share a frequent passion and admiration for your one-of-a-kind. Funds raised from this special partnership will immediately forwards its mission by encouraging local and national charities — such as The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — to provide support and care to families and children that struggle with all the medical complexities connected with rare investigations. www.coolcarsforkids.org
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