The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) and its presenting sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, presented a $351,500 check to the PVGP Charities. The presentation took place on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the “Dancing with the Cars” party – the opening preview of the Pittsburgh International Auto Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The check represents the funds raised by the PVGP throughout 2019, combined with the proceeds from the GPADF’s Dancing with the Cars party that night.
The $351,500 donation brings the PVGP’s 37-year total to $5,864,000. In their sixth year as the Presenting Sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation has contributed an astounding $652,000. Many thanks also go out to the entire team of PVGP sponsors and volunteers.
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 nearly $6 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School since 1983.
The Autism Society of Pittsburgh – a chapter of the Autism Society of America – addresses the needs of individuals with autism 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.
Autism is a neurological disorder that impairs behavior and communication; often tragically. More than 9,000 families in Southwestern Pennsylvania have children with this disability-close to 5,000 alone in Allegheny county- according to a 2011 census. That number has only increased; in 2018 the CDC indicated a national rate of 1 in 59 births are children with autism. Their families are often overwhelmed by the enormous task of discerning and providing for their complex needs.
The PVGP makes a difference in the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities supported by Merakey Allegheny Valley School in Western PA. Projects of the PVGP – including program development, facility renovations, and equipment – help individuals to become more independent and fulfill their potential.
This past year, the PVGP made it possible for automatic doors to be installed at our Pittsburgh Campus gym. Now, with a push of a button, individuals who utilize a wheelchair for mobility can independently enter and exit the building. Funds also helped to renovate a kitchen in one of our community homes to include technology that allows the residents of the home to participate more fully in meal preparation. Both projects, and many others, are helping individuals to learn new skills and live life more fully.
Another amazing impact of the PVGP is the community it builds. Each year the Mearkey AVS ambassadors and their friends – and our family and staff members – are active volunteering and participating in PVGP events. We love the cars, the festivities and the friendships that have developed over the years. Thank you to the PVGP for all it does for the Merakey AVS family!
The community’s support of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is incredibly important and helps to make a difference in the lives of so many in western Pennsylvania. Learn about the many ways to contribute to the PVGP and its charity partners.