Since our founding in 1983 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 people with autism and intellectual disabilities. Because of the generous support and contributions from our sponsors, and the dedication of our volunteers, we have been able to donate $5 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School (AVS).
Starting in 2005 the PVGP selected ambassadors from each of our charities. Anita Iyengar represented the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Brandon Fisher represented Merakey Allegheny Valley School. Anita and Brandon have become part of the Grand Prix family. They make appearances throughout the year at Grand Prix events and ride in the parade at Schenley Park.
The Ambassador Program has been such a great success that after 10 years we decided to expanded it to include more ambassadors from each charity. We are excited to welcome the new ambassadors to join Anita and Brandon. They all characterize the impact that our two charities have in our community. Thousands of lives have been dramatically improved through the educational and residential programs that the Autism Society and Merakey AVS provide. Our ambassadors put a face on the charities, and let the public see that their donations and efforts have a real and lasting effect.
The mission of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, founded in 1966, is to provide advocacy, information, and referral on care, treatment, educational, habilitative and other life-improving service options for those with autism, their parents and families, and the professionals who work with them.
Autism Society of Pittsburgh
4371 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA 15146
Since 1960, Merakey AVS has been providing a home and vital services to individuals with IDD. Merakey AVS is known for outstanding community residential environments and innovative programs. Individuals live and learn in environments that nurture life, where they learn skills, make friends and explore their interests. In all that we do, we aim to provide quality programs and facilities to help the individuals with IDD that we support to live with purpose and dignity, and to provide them with opportunities and choices to help them grow and function at their full potential as independently as possible.
Merakey Allegheny Valley School
1996 Ewings Mill Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108