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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Victory LapOn October 19, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP), presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, hosted its annual Victory Lap at The Hofbräuhaus on Pittsburgh’s South Side. More than 100 guests gathered to congratulate and thank the sponsors, charity ambassadors and volunteers for another GRAND event in 2016. NHS/AVS charity ambassadors Elizabeth and Joe were recognized during the presentation and each received a plaque. Elizabeth spoke on behalf of the ambassadors and again thanked those attending for their dedication to the event and for providing the charity ambassadors with the opportunity to represent NHS/AVS. Anita Iyengar of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh also spoke and shared her gratitude for the PVGP.
This year, NHS/AVS and Amy Rocini were each honored with the coveted award of a “checkered flag”, given to those who are outstanding in their support of the PVGP efforts. We are grateful for the commitment of the NHS/AVS ambassadors and volunteers who enthusiastically represent our organization. We also thank Amy for serving more than ten years on the PVGP Executive Committee, and congratulate her for this well-deserved recognition!
The 34th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP), presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, concluded during Race Weekend (July 16-17) at Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. Leading up to the weekend was ten days of events that included car shows, parades, a gala, concerts, vintage races, and much more.
This year, several NHS Allegheny Valley School residents attended PVGP events as charity ambassadors. They mingled at the Jazz & Jaguars Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala at the Allegheny Country Club, sang the National Anthem at Pitt-Race, and waved to the crowds as they rode in convertibles during the Opening Ceremonies Parade on Race Weekend. We are grateful to the ambassadors for representing NHS/AVS so well!
Ambassador Liz and Chief Development Officer Dorothy Hunter Gordon were interviewed during the gala by KDKA AM 1020, which featured a segment highlighting NHS/AVS. Liz also had the opportunity to speak about her experiences at NHS/AVS during a dinner of the Allegheny Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America. She was joined by Staff Development Executive Carol Erzen, Administrator Shaleea Shields and Dorothy Hunter Gordon who all spoke about NHS/AVS, its innovative programs, and the impact and importance that the PVGP and its supporters have on the organization.
This year, the beautiful weather drew an estimated (record-high) 200,000 spectators to Schenley Park for Race Weekend. The park was filled with spectacular cars of all ages, makes and models – including numerous Jaguars, the 2016 Marque of the Year. Spectators participated in activities designed for all ages, including the qualifying races on July 16 and the finals on July 17.
We are grateful to the many family members, friends and employees, who came out to Schenley Park to volunteer to sell PVGP merchandise throughout race weekend. The sunny weather helped to make this weekend a huge success. THANK YOU to our army of volunteers!
The PVGP is a volunteer-led organization with more than 1,000 participants coming together to run the entire event from laying the race track, to collecting donations, to selling merchandise. The event brings race fans from around the world to Pittsburgh to experience this truly unique festival of vintage cars. We are grateful to all volunteers for their efforts to ensure the event runs smoothly, is enjoyable to the spectators, and is a huge success for the charities. Over the 33 years of the event, which began as a way for vintage car enthusiasts to use city streets for an annual race while benefiting NHS Allegheny Valley School and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, more than $4 million has been raised for the two charities.
To learn more about the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, visit www.pvgp.org, and to see how NHS/AVS was featured by the media, click the links below.