February 14, 2020 – The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, along with presenting sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association, happily presented a check to their charity partners last night. The $351,500 total was divided between the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School. It represents the efforts of the PVGP in 2019 and the proceeds from last night’s Dancing with the Cars fundraiser – it is the party that open the Pittsburgh International Auto Show.
The $351,500 donation brings the PVGP’s 37 year total to $5,864,000. The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers have graciously steered the proceeds of their sponsorship toward the PVGP Charities. In their sixth year as the Presenting Sponsor, the Foundation has contributed an astounding $652,000.Many thanks also go out to the entire team of PVGP sponsors and volunteers.
“Only in Pittsburgh could you race cars through the streets and have sponsors like this involved and volunteers and charities … to raise money to benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Dan DelBianco, director of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association.
Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealer Association CEO John Putzier was amped up saying “Once again, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation’s “Dancing With the Cars” charity preview of the Pittsburgh International Auto Show, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, rocked the house with a combined check totaling $351,500 for the PVGP Charities! The February 13 event was one of the best ever, according to the guests who enjoyed a fun-filled evening of winning, dining, dancing and donating the evening away!”
The PVGP’s poster for 2020 was also unveiled on stage that night. Andrew Stockey did the honors, assisted by Tom Henry of Tom Henry Chevrolet. The poster was created by renowned artist and author Dwight Knowlton. It features a vintage 1956 Corvette racing past Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park.
Dwight is a great friend of the PVGP, having created our poster back in 2015 and working with us since then to create memorable t-shirts and event logos. He attend the PVGP in 2015 as the Grand Marshal, spending the weekend in Schenley Park. Dwight has been incredibly generous sharing his talents and his passion for vintage cars with the Grand Prix. The work he has created for us on posters, t-shirts, hats and decals are easy to see and appreciate.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to host an annual world-class vintage automotive event to raise funds for individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is one of the nation’s premier automotive events with 250,000 attendees. The 2020 Race Week runs July 17-26, culminating with the vintage races through the streets of Pittsburgh and car shows at Schenley Park on July 25/26 weekend.