The PVGP Sets Another Record with $410,000 Donation to Charity.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) and its presenting sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, presented a record $410,000 check to the PVGP Charities. The presentation took place on Thursday, February 14, 2019 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 2018, combined with the proceeds from the GPADF’s Dancing with the Cars party that night.
“This was the 7th time in the last 8 years that we were able to set a new record for fundraising and the 11th time in the last 14 years.” said Dan DelBianco, executive director of the PVGP “we are proud of our growing success and we are so appreciative that the GPADA’s Foundation holds this event and donates the proceeds to our charity partners. Since our inaugural race in 1983, the PVGP has now donated more than $5.5 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School.”
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 more than $5 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 these children 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 4,000 families in Southwestern Pennsylvania have children with this disability. Their families are often overwhelmed by the enormous task of discerning and providing for their complex needs.
Merakey Allegheny Valley School (AVS) provides quality programs and facilities to help more than 800 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live with purpose and dignity. Our individualized services provide opportunities and choices that promote growth and independence.
Contributions from the PVGP to Merakey AVS are used to cover critical expenditures that Medicaid, our primary funding source, does not reimburse including therapeutic equipment, new program development, facility improvements and renovations, and so much more. Recent support from the PVGP helped them to design, build and equip a Smart Home in Allegheny County that opened in April 2018.