TO DATE, THE PVGP HAS DONATED OVER 5 MILLION TO OUR CHARITIES
A Race Where Everybody Wins
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association’s mission is to produce a world-class vintage automotive event in order to raise funds to help provide residential care, treatment and support for autistic and intellectually/developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region. Because of the generous support and contributions from our sponsors, and the dedication of our volunteers, we have been fortunate enough to donate over $5 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School since 1983.
Autism is a neurological disorder that impairs behavior and communication; often tragically. More than 4,000 families in Southwestern Pennsylvania have children with this disability. Their families are often overwhelmed by the enormous task of discerning and providing for their complex needs.
Existing solely on donated funds, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh – a chapter of the Autism Society of America – addresses the needs of these children through a comprehensive array of information, advocacy and referral services, which are provided to their families and the caring professionals and service providers who work with them. This includes creating, developing and improving programs and approaches in diagnosis, treatment, education, training and social adjustment.
Merakey Allegheny Valley School (AVS) provides quality programs and facilities to help more than 800 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live with purpose and dignity. Our individualized services provide opportunities and choices that promote growth and independence.
Contributions from the PVGP to Merakey AVS are used to cover critical expenditures that Medicaid, our primary funding source, does not reimburse including therapeutic equipment, new program development, facility improvements and renovations, and so much more. Recent support from the PVGP helped us to design, build and equip a Smart Home in Allegheny County that opened in April 2018! The community’s support of the PVGP is incredibly important to us and helps to make a difference in the lives of so many in western Pennsylvania.