On Thursday February 16, 2017 the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, along with Presenting Sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, handed over a $405,500 check to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.
The check amount was $5,500 more than last year’s record and takes the event to the $4.75 million donation mark since 1983!
These funds were a combined total from the 2016 Grand Prix and the 2017 Auto Show “Dancing with the Cars” Premiere held that night. The GPADF hosts the party for 1,200 people as the opening preview of the Pittsburgh Auto Show. PVGP Executive Director Dan DelBianco was present to introduce a new video, by Steady State Media, honoring the PVGP volunteers and thanked all of the automobile dealers and PVGP volunteers for their yearlong efforts.
PVGP Chairman of the Board Dan Taylor introduced our charity ambassadors: Anita from the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Liz from Allegheny Valley School and thanked them for the inspiration they provide .
PVGP founder Mike Connolly was present to represent 35 years of volunteerism – the lifeblood of our organization.
This is the sixth year in a row and the 10th time in the last 12 years that a new record has been set, bringing our 34 year charity donation total to $4,752,000.
Previously the Red CARpet Premiere, this signature event was re-invented for 2017 to attract a larger and broader audience by cutting ticket prices in half, and promoting a less formal event, resulting in more than 1,200 people attending!
The evening’s events included complimentary valet parking, complimentary champagne toast, an exclusive behind the scenes look at more than 600 of the world’s most beautiful vehicles representing 35 manufacturers, all while enjoying a gourmet strolling dinner, two bands and a deluxe dessert bar.
Dan DelBianco, PVGP executive director, expressed thanks saying “on behalf of the Grand Prix volunteers and our charities I want to recognize the generosity of the Greater Pittsburgh auto dealers. Their commitment to our event and our charities helped helped us achieve a record donation for the sixth straight year.”
This was the third time the check was presented with the help of presenting sponsor GPADF and it was thrilling that the presentation was done at the David Lawrence Convention Center in front of 1,000 attendees. The efforts of our volunteers and sponsors were on display for the entire city to see. Thank you to everybody involved.