1 March 2008

Collectors Foundation Hosts Students at Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance

Traverse City, Mich. (Saturday, March 01, 2008) - The Collectors Foundation – an educational grant-making organization dedicated to serving young people and funded by collector car and classic boat enthusiasts – recently hosted two future restoration specialists at the 13th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida. The students are currently enrolled at McPherson College in McPherson, Kan.—home to the world’s only accredited, four-year bachelor’s degree program in Automotive Restoration.

Adam Hammer and Nathan Morris traveled from central Kansas to Amelia Island where they experienced all the activities surrounding this high-end classic car event and were honored to serve as guest judges. Hammer is a junior from Mahwah, N.J. and Morris is a senior from Averill Park, N.Y. Both students are majoring in Automotive Restoration Management, a degree program that instructs students in the art of automotive restoration as well as the fundamentals of running a business.

“I am excited to have paired Adam and Nathan with some of this industry’s most influential leaders,” said Bob Knechel, executive director of the Collectors Foundation. “It is important for the future of the collector community to provide these types of experiences to young people interested in our hobby.”

This marks the first year the Collectors Foundation and the Amelia Island Concours teamed up to provide educational opportunities for young people with goals of professional careers within the collectible automobile industry.

“Since the inception of the Collectors Foundation in 2003, its sole purpose has been to support the future generations of collectors. This is one way of bringing the veterans and aspiring youth together to learn from one another and to ultimately help us all,” added Knechel.

The Collectors Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) charitable foundation serving the long-term interests of collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts. For more information on the Collectors Foundation, visit www.collectorsfoundation.org or contact Executive Director Bob Knechel at 231-932-6835 or bob@collectorsfoundation.org.