Palo Alto Lions

Palo Alto Lions

Palo Alto, CA, September, 2012—Because of a recent change in policy, Stanford University athletic practice fields will no longer be the home of the Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance. Ray Purpur, Deputy Director of Athletic, Physical Education and Recreation who is a strong supporter of the Concours, informed the organization earlier this month that the Concours will have to seek a new venue going forward into 2013.

The Concours Executive Director, Christine Cheshire, indicated they were aware of a pending University change in policy was forth coming. However, they were not prepared to receive notice so soon. The Palo Alto Concours d’ Elegance has been held on Stanford Athletic practice fields for the past 38 years.
The Concours, the charitable arm of the Palo Alto Host Lions Club was formed 47 years ago by a group of prominent business men from Palo Alto and Menlo Park who were members of the Palo Alto Host Lions Club. Their goal was to create an annual fund raiser that would help their club raise money for local charities.

Since its inception 47 years ago, the Concours has raised and donated over 1.78 million dollars to over 41 charities within their local community who receive little to no other funding from any other source. Additionally, in return for the use of the practice field, the Concours made yearly donations to the Stanford University Endowment Fund supporting student scholarships.

With the hope of finding a new location, the Concours organizers are actively looking for a new venue comparable to that of Stanford. The Concours has historically been held on the 4th Sunday in June.


The Palo Alto Host Lions Club and Concours committee members have expressed both their gratitude and sadness in regard to the end of their relationship with Stanford. Executive Director, Cheshire indicated that they were very grateful and appreciative to Stanford and Ray Purpur for their continued support and the opportunity they were given by Stanford to help those less fortunate, but also very sad that this long standing relationship ended. What the Concours will probably have to do if they don’t find a new venue, is to “probably close their doors.”

A variety of new venues are being evaluated by the Concours committee, but to date nothing has been found. They need a minimum of 5-3 acres of grass which is secured by fencing, lots of parking and a long-term commitment. Venue locations will be considered from Redwood City to San Jose.

More information about the Concours can be found on paconcours.com. Venue suggestions and sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Executive Director, Christine Cheshire at 650-703-1113.