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Founder of Concours in the Hills Auto Event Goes to Phoenix Children’s
By Claire Natale - Monday Jan 09, 2023
Peter Volny Hands Over Keys to Car Charity Event, Phoenix Children’s Takes the Lead

On the eve of the ninth successful multiple record-breaking show, Peter Volny, founder of Concours in the Hills, announced today that he will be handing over the keys to the greatest car show on grass. Phoenix Children’s will take the wheel along with help from volunteer leaders in their PCH50 auxiliary group.

Volny spent his career building a thriving advertising business around promoting the automobile industry and nine years ago, fueled by his passion for speed and exotic cars, started Concours in the Hills to make a difference in the lives of children. A childhood cancer survivor himself, Volny has donated all proceeds from the event in his mission to help patients and families.

“I’m not a doctor – I can’t do anything about that. But what I can do: I originally committed to raising $500,000 over five years to build a playroom…a place that they can go to, play with toys, forget all their troubles for a couple hours,” said Volny back in 2019. “We surpassed that amount in just a few years and are now well over $1,000,000, so I guess $2 million is the next goal.”

Today, Volny says “Concours in the Hills surpassed every dream I could have had for it, and I know I am leaving it in good hands with Phoenix Children’s. I want this event to remain a strictly charity event, as I intended from the beginning.”

Volny will continue to be involved with this spectacular event, a premier auto show that draws car enthusiasts from across the country. The show is heavily supported by most of the leading car clubs and dealers.

In 2014, it’s first year, Concours in the Hills raised $25,000 and had 220 collector cars. Impressive numbers for its inaugural year. Fast forward to February 2022, Concours in the Hills had 1,200 cars, more than 40,000 attendees and raised $430,000 for the Center for Heart Care at Phoenix Children’s. Heading into its ninth year on Feb. 4, 2023, the event is on track to be even bigger. In its entirety, Concours in the Hills has raised $1.4 million for Phoenix Children’s.

“This is an amazing act of generosity and commitment to the mission of Phoenix Children’s,” said Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer for Phoenix Children’s. “We are honored and extremely grateful to Peter Volny and his generous community of supporters, to have the opportunity to continue the incredible legacy of Concours in the Hills.”

Gila River Resorts & Casinos Concours in the Hills presented by Matson Money will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Ariz. The free, family-friendly event promises to be high-velocity in a spectacular venue on the gently rolling hills of the park, all benefiting world-class care at Phoenix Children's. The show is organized by sections for domestics, imports, race cars, limited-edition exotics, off-Road and motorcycles. A helicopter display will include military attack helicopters.

Come celebrate Peter Volny’s contributions and support Phoenix Children’s mission at this one-of-a-kind event. Admission and parking is FREE to spectators. The exhibitor entry fee is a minimum $75 donation for vehicles, $40 for motorcycles. Additional donations are welcomed. To learn more about the event, visit

About Phoenix Children's
Phoenix Children's is one of the nation's largest pediatric health systems. It comprises Phoenix Children's Hospital – Thomas Campus, Phoenix Children's Hospital – East Valley at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, four pediatric specialty and urgent care centers, 11 community pediatric practices, 20 outpatient clinics, two ambulatory surgery centers and seven community-service-related outpatient clinics throughout the state of Arizona. The system provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care and has been serving children and families for nearly 40 years. Phoenix Children's Care Network includes more than 1,175 pediatric primary care providers and specialists who deliver care across more than 75 subspecialties. For more information, visit