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Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala

Friday, July 7, 2017

#PVGP Blacktie and Tailpipes Gala by Matthew Little


Jazz and JagsJazz & Jaguars Swing into Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley

A winding mile above the town of Sewickley, the first 18-hole golf course in Western Pennsylvania can be found. The site is Allegheny Country Club, a turn-of-the-century collection of rambling buildings dedicated to the leisure and pursuit of various sports. For the last 120 years Allegheny Country Club has maintained a tradition of excellence and is know for their outstanding facilities and services. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is thrilled to bring our Black Tie Gala there this summer.


Rhythm of Love NecklaceTrinity-Jewelers-150x150

Trinity Jewelers has donated a beautiful diamond necklace for our live auction. It is a lady’s White Gold 14 Karat “Rhythm of Love” Necklace set with 53 round brilliant-cut Diamonds suspended on an 18 inch box link chain. The Center Diamond moves in motion with the beat of Her Heart!


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Overlooking the Allegheny Country Club golf course and tennis courts sits a sparkling white and grand old dowager clubhouse accented with touches of green. After World War I, Allegheny became the scene for international tournaments, such as the Davis Cup Tennis Matches and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament in the fifties. In 1990, the U.S. Women’s Mid-Am Golf Championship was held at Allegheny as was the 40th USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Golf Championship in 2001.

The championship golf course was designed by Donald Ross, the famous golf course architect.


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

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Blacktie & Tailpipes logoDirections to Allegheny Country Club

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 Benny Benak III: 9:30 PM

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


Passed Appetizers: Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon, Asparagus in Filo, Brie with Raspberries and Smoked Salmon Salad on Cucumber Crisp

Salad: Bouquet of Artisan Greens, Carrots, Tomatoes, Shaved Onion, Parmesan, Balsamic Vinaigrette

 Entrée: Grilled Petite Filet and Lobster Tail with Duchess Potatoes, Heirloom Carrots & Haricots Verts, Black Truffle Béarnaise

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 – so we can all get up early and go to the PVGP’s Historic Races at Pitt-Race in the morning!

Benny BenackBenny Benack III and Jazz Trio
Trumpeter Benny Benack III is a young jazz musician heavily rooted in the tradition, but with an eye to the future of the music and has quickly gained a reputation for being an incredibly versatile, fiery improvisor who lends superb technique and musicality to any setting. He has won every major jazz trumpet competition including the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Soloist Competition (2011), International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition (2011), and the National Trumpet Competition – Jazz Division (2012). Benny was a member of the Gibson- Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble in 2008 and 2009, performing alongside Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, and Christian Scott.




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 invitations, posters and race programs!
RR Donnelley Pittsburgh



2016 Gala – Sponsorship Packages



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.


DSC_6009Maggie & John Schmotzer
Kim & Bart Buckley
Megan DePaul
Alice Easly
Melissa Harmon
Lisa Hrynda
Linda Liotus
April Mosites
Gigi Saladna
Jackie Schratz
Mary Ann Smialek
Peggy Snavely


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 .

SONY DSCFlowers by:
Bloomers Floral Studio
643 Allegheny Avenue
Oakmont, PA 15139