July’s Largest Annual Atlanta Community Event Expands its Own Culture to Include Automotive Diversity

ATLANTA – July 10, 2019 – For 2019, the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance Foundation embraces non-profit Joining Hearts, while expanding itself within the Atlanta community — where diversity is less about differences and more about coming together.  Partaking in this year’s ‘Joining Hearts 32 – Celebrate,’ the Atlanta Concours will be front and center during the July 20th event at Piedmont Park Greystone & Aquatic Center in Atlanta, displaying vehicles from three separate generations that bring together historic significance and a reminder that culture is to be shared.

In its 32nd year, Joining Hearts has a mission to raise awareness and funds to support prevention, care, and housing assistance to those impacted by HIV/AIDS within the metro Atlanta area — and to date has raised more than $2.5 million through a strictly volunteer organizational effort.  This year’s event and ‘celebrate’ theme brings attention to the enjoyment so many can share together, while still caring deeply for those in crisis.

According to Jerry Peters, president of Joining Hearts, ever since the founding of the organization in 1987, the group has been the voice of those in Atlanta that can’t always speak about a subject that in the past was often taboo.  “We provide assistance to those in need,” said Peters.  “And the thousands we’ve assisted were not simply within the gay community – in fact, the growing rate of women of African American and Latino descent diagnosed as HIV positive here in Atlanta continues to grow – and we make sure that ALL our proceeds are used to support EVERYONE in need that we can.”

Peters says that the amount of in-kind and financial sponsors from the community has substantially grown each year, and the Atlanta Concours involvement brings a welcome addition that complements an audience of high-end donors, patrons and attendees. Three distinct Concours vehicles will be showcased at the event’s entry, including cars from the Brass Era, Pre-War and even a 1950s Woodie – all that represent diverse time periods of history, yet bring commonality through their beauty and unique traits.

The 7-hour event at the Aquatic Center (located at 1491 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta) anticipates an audience of 1,000 attendees, and will run from 4pm – 10:30pm, with three separate levels of experiences – General Admission ($120/ea), VIP ($230/ea) and Ultra VIP ($2,500/ea – and includes a poolside cabana).  All attendees will enjoy food by ‘Sun in My Belly” and a full fireworks display, with entertainment by superstar Rick Braile and an opening set by Andres Vergel.

Joining Hearts isn’t just about a party or an event; it’s a lifesaver and a tribute to life.

ABOUT JOINING HEARTS

Atlanta-based Joining Hearts is a 100 percent volunteer organization that began in 1987, when the HIV epidemic was at its peak, with a mission to raise awareness and funds to support prevention, care, and housing assistance to those impacted by HIV/AIDS in Atlanta.  The non-profit has raised more than $2.5 million over the past 31 years, with grants awarded to organizations that meet its mission.  For 2018, individual organizations requesting and receiving funds included Jerusalem House, Living Room and AID Atlanta – for a total contribution of $120,000.

Non-refundable tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joining-hearts-32-main-event-celebrate-tickets-56766596418

For more information visit: https://joininghearts.org/event-3/

ABOUT THE ATLANTA CONCOURS:

Founded by CEO and Co-Chairman Bill Wallet and Co-Chairman Harry Krix, the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance is the first premier Concours automotive event to grace the metropolitan Atlanta region and will include more than 180 vintage and collectible entrant vehicles on Sunday, as well as approximately 200 rare and high-interest privately owned automobiles on display Saturday. Wallet and Krix are lifelong friends and business associates who joined together four years ago to realize their dream of producing a major classic automobile event such as the Concours d’Elegance for the Atlanta community.

Joining Hearts - Jerry Henderson
Jerry Henderson, president of Atlanta-based Joining Hearts, Inc. (far right) is joined by three inspired volunteers at the 2018 Joining Hearts -Shine event – the organization’s largest fundraising effort of the year. Now in its 32nd year, Joining Hearts has raised more than $2.5 million to support those impacted by HIV/AIDS within the Atlanta community.
Joining Hearts
“Miss 2018 Joining Hearts’ Misti Shores (second from right) is flanked by Jeff Wells, Mike Kondalski, and Stephan Buell at the 2018 Joining Hearts annual charity event. Each year 1,000 guests attend to support HIV/AIDS within the Atlanta community. This year’s event will be July 20th at The Greystone, Piedmont Park Aquatic Center. Non-refundable tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joining-hearts-32-main-event-celebrate-tickets-56766596418 .
DJ GSP, International DJ Entertainer and headliner for 2018 ‘Joining Hearts’ charity event
DJ GSP, International DJ Entertainer and headliner for 2018 ‘Joining Hearts’ charity event joins David Ohmann, director of events for the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year – “2018 Joining Hearts – Shine” . Since 1987, Joining Hearts has raised more than $2.5 million to support prevention, care and housing assistance to those impacted by HIV/AIDS within the metro Atlanta area.

All information can be found at www.atlantaconcours.org

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