Centennial Airport - Our Forever Home

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance was first conceived over a cup of coffee at the Perfect Landing Restaurant at Centennial Airport. A young man wise beyond his years, Brett Derosier had asked me to join him because he had an idea for a charity event. The airport had ceased doing Airshows and Open Houses because we no longer had the space. Our mutual interest in airplanes and cars soon turned into talk of a fundraiser for The Morgan Adams Foundation, and the rest is history. Permitting smaller events with an eye toward giving back to the community was our way of maintaining that connection. The Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance remains that perfect “vehicle” because it brings together, under one roof, cool airplanes, awesome cars and motorcycles, and most importantly, a unique event to raise money to fund pediatric cancer research!

The Morgan Adams Concours also ties the airport community to a common purpose beyond what everyone does professionally. Each of the Fixed Base Operators, FBOs as we call them, pitches in and helps to make the event a success. TAC Air is the host; Denver jetCenter lends hangar space for displaced aircraft, as do Signature Flight Support and XJet. Mayo Aviation, a charter firm with a stellar record, also provides space and logistical support.

Sadly, both Morgan and Brett were taken from us far too soon. They are now our guardian angels who help ensure that we keep the promises that were made! This is why the Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance has become Centennial Airport’s “main” event. It is that signature occasion when we stare deeply into the eyes of the faces you see when you enter this event, the larger-than-life black and white photos of survivors and those who have passed, that we are reminded why we open our hearts and wallets to this worthy and life-saving cause.

As we celebrate 15 years of hosting the Morgan Adams Concours, I hope you will take time to enjoy this evening of reflection and celebration. Enjoy the splendor of speed and sound because it is for a cause no person ever wants to experience; as a child, mother, father, brother, sister, nana, or papa…ever!

On behalf of everyone at Centennial Airport,


Robert Olislagers
Chief Executive Officer     
Centennial Airport


CO Childhood Cancer Awareness License Plate

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Colorado is one of many states that offers specialty license plates for charities and other special groups. We believe that pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer needs a voice in the State of Colorado (and around the world!), so we are working toward creating a Childhood Cancer Awareness license plate that will bring awareness to our kids and our cause!

In order to do that, we need to get 3,000 signatures from individuals who support this initiative. Please click here to go to the online version of the petition.

About the effort:

MAF Ambassador, Gabe, was just nine years old when he was diagnosed with Stage IV Medulloblastoma that had already spread to his spine. Gabe had emergency surgery to relieve the pressure in his brain and remove a portion of the tumor for biopsy. He then endured radiation every day for 6 weeks, as well as 6 months of high dose chemotherapy. Gabe is now 13 and in remission, but he will deal with side effects from his treatment for the rest of his life and will have scans every few months to confirm the cancer has not returned.

One day, Gabe asked his mother, Kathleen, “Mom, why don’t kids have special plates with the gold ribbon so people know about us? …Can we make license plates for all the kids who have cancer?”

Of course, Kathleen promised Gabe she would do everything she could to create a license plate to promote childhood cancer awareness and she has done just that. For months and months, Kathleen has spent her free time attending events, spreading awareness, and asking people to sign the petition.

The Morgan Adams Foundation is honored to know Gabe and Kathleen, and to be involved in this initiative. We hope that all of our supporters around the country will help us make this a reality to show kids and young adults battling cancer that they are not alone or ignored.

As of mid-June, the petition has received just about 1,000 signatures. We need to get to 3,000 signatures before the end of September, so WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please take a few minutes of time and sign the petition today!


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