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Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala

Friday, July 6, 2018 from 6:30- 11:00 PM




    • Single ticket: $250
    • Table of 8: $1,900
    • Table of 10: $2,250



Evening’s Schedule
Cocktails & Silent Auction Open: 6:30 PM
Opening Remarks & Dinner: 8:00 PM
Live Auction: 9:00 PM
Dessert and Music by Billy Hartung: 9:30 PM

This event is a black-tie dress code. For the ladies; evening gowns or cocktail dresses

The evening starts at 6:30 PM with cocktails and appetizers served in the lounge and on the patio. All the while, the manicured grounds will be transformed into a car show featuring all of the fantastic cars that our attendees bring that evening.

Opening remarks by WTAE’s Andrew Stockey at 8:00 PM in the ballroom followed by dinner and live auction.  The silent auction will be stocked with racing and automotive items from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  After dinner desserts will be served on the patio and pool plaza where you can dance and mingle. The wonderful evening draws to a close at 11:00.

Billy Hartung
Billy Hartung and his R.O.C.K. Band make a return engagement to our gala.Billy is a high energy performer playing all the greatest hits to make the evening a an eventful nigh of fun !

Billy has enjoyed a 25 year career involving Broadway, Off-Broadway, films, television and regional theatres throughout the country. Currently he can be seen singing and dancing in the Academy Award winning movie musical “CHICAGO”. He is thrilled to have been invited to perform in both the 75th Annual Academy Awards and The 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors where he performed in a tribute to Chita Rivera. With over 1000 performances on the Broadway stage to his credit, Billy has been featured in the “Original Casts” of three Broadway shows. The critically acclaimed Side Show, the high energy Broadway blockbuster Footloose and The sold out limited engagement with Liza Minnelli titled – Minnelli on Minnelli:  Live at the Palace Theatre.   Local credits include:  Pittsburgh City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and The Pittsburgh Opera. He has shared the stage and performed on the same bill with some of the finest musicians in the country over the last 2 decades.




Jake Zoller Hoechstetter Printing

Many thanks to our Sponsors, especially Jake Zoller and his great staff at RR Donnelley – Pittsburgh who sponsor the gala and print our fabulous posters and race programs!
RR Donnelley Pittsburgh



2017 Gala – Sponsorship



Gala Committee

We’re gearing up for another fabulous event and a big thank you goes to our Committee. We welcome anyone who wants to join the committee – if you are interested in learning more or contributing an auction prize please email Maggie Schmotzer.

Maggie & John Schmotzer
Alice Brannigan
Kim & Bart Buckley
Megan DePaul
Alice Easly
Melissa Harmon
Lisa Hrynda
April Mosites
Gigi Saladna
Molly Schmotzer
Peggy Snavely
Brenda Tenison


The Pittsburgh Field Club
In the 1870s, a group of Pittsburgh gentlemen, mostly of British heritage, laid the foundation for what has endured to be the oldest sports club in Western Pennsylvania. At the time, cricket was a significant aspect of British culture in this country and increased in popularity in the post-Civil War period, while the sport of golf had yet to experience its boom. Therefore, the men formed the Pittsburgh Cricket Club, which was the early predecessor of what we now know at the Pittsburgh Field Club.

The cricket grounds were established in the borough of Brushton, adjacent to the eastern border of the city of Pittsburgh, at a location known as Park Place in the region of Forbes Street and Braddock Avenue.

In addition to cricket, sporting activities at the club included archery, croquet, tennis, track and field and bicycling. By 1895, however, interest in cricket was fading, and three rudimentary golf holes were constructed on the cricket grounds, making it second only to Allegheny Country Club in the establishment of a golf course in Western Pennsylvania.

In 1886, the Cricket Club was reorganized, and the name changed to the Pittsburgh Field Club. Additional holes were created in ensuing years so that by the turn of the century, the club featured a nine-hole course. As the new century began, the popularity of golf exploded nationally and locally, while interest in cricket continued to decline.

Expansion was inevitable, and in 1915, the club moved to its new home in the Fox Chapel area of O’Hara Township, where it purchased a 171-acre tract of land in what was then a sparsely populated rural location. Alexander H. Findlay, known as the father of American golf, voluntarily designed the new 18-hole golf course. Soon after, five holes underwent Donald Ross revisions. The renovations continued through time, with a parade of course architects — Albert (A.W.) Tillinghast, Willie Park Jr., Emil Loeffler and John McGlynn, Bill Irvin, Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills, Craig Schreiner and Tripp Davis — all playing a major role in the course’s evolution.

While golf may be the dominant club activity, social and family aspects have been equally important ever since the inception of the Cricket Club. An array of other activities meets the diverse wants and needs of all members and their many guests. Such activities include tennis, swimming, platform (paddle) tennis, skeet shooting, fishing, bowling and duplicate bridge.

The beauty of the grounds, the elegance of the stately clubhouse and the warmth of associations with members and friends permeates the daily life and traditions of this most gracious club. At the Field Club relaxation, recreation and good living can be enjoyed to the fullest.

logoPittsburgh Field Club
121 Field Club Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238


Your Gala Ticket is Tax Deductible

The PVGP is a 501 (c) (3) organization and any direct donations can be deductible. Any value you receive from a fee paid for a particular event must be subtracted from the ticket cost. For the Black Tie & Tailpipes event the fair market value of the dinner and entertainment is $125.00. You may be able  to deduct the remaining cost you paid per ticket.

Simply Sisters Photography‘s Marsha Green does an amazing job of capturing the excitement and beauty of our Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala. View images from 2012, 2013 , 2014 and 2015 and purchase images .

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