Our mission is to help raise awareness for the plight of at-risk children in Orange County.
The Marconi is a class 501(c)(3) nonprofit that donates a portion of net proceeds from hosted events to local children’s charities.
The Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids is dedicated to being an integral part of growth in Southern California. We host two annual fundraisers a year where we split the net proceeds with another at-risk children’s charity and organize food, toy, and back to school drives which benefit additional charities throughout Orange County.
In the late 1950’s Dick Marconi moved to California from Gary, Indiana. All he had was his wife, an 18-month-old son and $500 in his pocket. Armed with an MBA he went on to build the world’s largest manufacturing company of custom-made vitamins, weight loss products, and food supplements.
During his successful career he began collecting an impressive automotive collection of high-performance street and race cars, and in 1994 he donated his multi-million dollar car collection and the building that housed it to found the Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids.
Today, we are a class 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the goal of raising one million dollars annually for various at-risk children’s charities by using the automotive museum as a special event venue and tourist attraction for automotive enthusiasts. Dick’s dream is to leave a lasting legacy of the importance of giving back to our communities and his wife, Priscilla ‘Bo’ Marconi continues to preserve her husband’s dreams and goals for the museum and foundation.
Dick Marconi, Founder
Dick is an automotive enthusiast, philanthropist, former SCCA race car driver who participated in the Long Beach Grand Prix and became the oldest driver to ever qualify and finished in 8th place, as well as a talented artist who spends his free time in his personal studio painting and creating art. It’s not uncommon for Dick to pop into the museum and give unsuspecting visitors a tour.
Priscilla “Bo” Marconi
Priscilla is the CEO of the Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids and enjoys her involvement in the exciting and creative events that the Foundation produces.Throughout the year, she brings great energy to her team. She is the driving force that keeps the staff mission focused and infuses them with her passion, ideas and excitement.
Missy has spent most of her life as a horse trainer but always felt a deeper calling to serve. Working at the Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids as the Executive Director has allowed her to combine her business background and her desire to serve, together to make a difference. She loves taking interest in our staff, overseeing the event business and being involved in all our fundraisers. Most of all she revels in the challenge of how to give more money to the charities we support.
In her spare time, Missy is a USEF Morgan horse judge, loves any activities with her dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Shannon received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with a focus in Strategic Communication. During her studies she interned with numerous nonprofits including the American Red Cross and immediately was bitten by the philanthropy bug. She enjoys working for organizations with a bigger purpose. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Shannon is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan and loves sports, she also spends most of her time with her nose in a book.
Sam has always had flair for event planning growing up and was regularly asked to throw celebrations for family and friends. She started in the service industry at 17-years-old and quickly moved up to an event director position. When Sam realized she could combine her passion for parties while raising money for local at-risk youth, she jumped on the opportunity to work at The Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids. Born and raised in Southern California Sam loves going to the beach with her husband Justin and Husky Kai.
Kristin loves a good event, and especially thrives on making sure hosts and their guests have a seamless, unforgettable experience. She enjoys the opportunity to combine her background in event planning with supporting and learning about local nonprofits through events at The Marconi. Kristin is also the liaison for The Marconi’s exclusive caterer, White House Catering, and she enjoys the opportunity to facilitate excellence across the entire event. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys going on adventures with her toddler.
Todd has a great love of all things cars. Formerly of Joe’s Garage, the Marconi Automotive Museum is fortunate to have Todd on board as its Operations Director. He says he enjoys working with the Marconi Automotive Museum because it combines his great love of cars with helping kids in need. When Todd isn’t at work, you can find him on the golf course.
Chris is the night manager during evening events hosted at The Marconi and tackles any obstacle or task with diligence and a people pleasing attitude. He has worked at the museum for 5 years and is a former employee at Joe’s Garage. Chris feels fortunate to be in a position that combines his love of fast cars with helping the community.
When Chris isn’t working his two jobs, he enjoys spending quality time with his two sons.
Linda’s desire to help others began when as a child her mother “loaned” her to friends needing a Spanish-English translator. Word spread fast and soon she was translating in an actual courtroom at just 12 years old! Since then she has volunteered with various community organizations in Southern California, including translating for L.A.F.L.A. and Catholic Charities L.A, teaching ESL and Citizenship courses and, because of her passion for kids, volunteered with COPES, which maintains residential homes for foster children.
She was attracted to Marconi, because of their emphasis on helping youth and kids.
Marcie De Leon
Marcie’s love for planning events was born when she planned and coordinated her own DIY wedding, which led her to open her own event management business – The Cucumber Bride in 2012. She was a behavioral therapist for five years and worked with autistic children. She jumped at the opportunity to work at The Marconi because it was a perfect blend of event coordination and helping children in need. On the weekends Marcie spends time searching for bugs and snakes with her son, Benicio or watching NASCAR with her husband, Nick.
Victor has been a loyal employee at the museum for nearly twenty years! His dedication to keep all of the cars and grounds in tip-top shape isn’t a small feat and is greatly appreciated from both staff and guests. You can find him on the weekends cooking out with family and friends while undoubtedly munching on something spicy.
Since Davy’s career began at the Marconi Automotive Museum, he has grown into a strapping young lad. He faithfully and enthusiastically greets visitors and welcomes them into his “home”. He says to please stop in and ask for him the next time you are in our neighborhood.
Rosie, aka The Rose, delights in her daily job of harassing her brother Davy. She loves visitors too and is always willing to lead the charge in giving tours. Stop in and ask for Rose. She will be thrilled to see you.