Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
July 6 through 15, 2018
10-DAYS OF EVENTS DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING THE AUTOMOBILE
Entering our 36th year the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix started out as a single day race in Schenley Park in 1983. Our tribute to motorsport history culminates that magical weekend, our event has matured into a 10-day celebration spanning six venues and …
Anita has been the Autism Society of Pittsburgh's “spokeskid” at various PVGP Events for about 10 years. Click on the picture above to hear her speech at this year's event.
GREATER PITTSBURGH AUTOMOBILE DEALERS FOUNDATION
PREVIEW PARTY & PVGP CHARITY CHECK PRESENTATION
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018
We are grateful to be the beneficiaries of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix since 1983.
History — How it All Began
The entire history of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix can be summarized as follows: Art McGovern, racing enthusiast, and his friend, Mary Beth Gmitter, had long felt that the street s of Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park were an ideal venue for a wheel-to-wheel vintage car racing event. They approached the city and discovered they would need a charity to be the beneficiary of any money such an event might raise. They chose the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, who recommended a second well-known local charity, Allegheny Valley School, and the voice of the Steelers, Myron Cope, to sell it. And sell it they did to Mayor Dick Caliguiri, vintage car driver owners, racecourse layout planners, a source of volunteers, city workers, sponsors, insurance companies, and a sanctioning body. It took three months to put everything in place and the first race was held on Labor Day weekend, September 3, 1983.
Except for the founders, names are less important than the remarkable roles played by all those who — then and since — have been captivated and consumed by their vision. From volunteers, drivers and car clubs to charities and sponsors, the right people have stepped up and into our history. From Day One to the present, they have enabled the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix to evolve from one day of vintage racing and a tiny car show to an internationally recognized two-week celebration of automotive historical excellence, plus pride in our city and its big, big heart.
Charities and Ambassadors
Since its founding in 1983 the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association’s mission has been to produce a world-class vintage racing event to raise funds that help provide advocacy, residential care, treatment and support for individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities through the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.
The Ambassador program has been expanded to welcome the new ambassadors to join Anita and Brandon. They all characterize the impact that the two charities have in our community. Thousands of lives have been dramatically improved through the educational and residential programs that the Autism Society and AVS provide. Our ambassadors put a face on the charities, and let the public see that their donations and efforts have a real and lasting affect.”
Contributions have helped the Autism Society of Pittsburgh to:
Train legal and juvenile justice professionals
Develop middle school autism curriculum
Provide summer education to prevent seasonal regression
Produce training film for travelers with autism
Collaboratively tutor autistic students with S.T.E.M. skills
Conduct parent support group and provider in-services
Educate governmental officials on autism needs
"Higher Contact" transitioning program to link businesses and organizations to individuals with autism
The mission of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, founded in 1966, is to provide advocacy, information, and referral on care, treatment, educational, habilitative and other life-improving service options for those with autism, their parents and families, and to the professionals who work with them.
Contributions have helped Allegheny Valley School to:
Create outdoor recreational spaces
Build and equip sensory program areas
Acquire vocational and prevocational tools and materials
Make facility improvements
Purchase furnishings for residences and program areas
Allegheny Valley School’s mission is to provide quality programs and facilities to help the individuals with developmental disabilities entrusted to our care to live with purpose and dignity, and to provide opportunities and choices for our clients to grow and function at their full potential as independently as possible.
1996 Ewings Mill Road • Coraopolis, PA 15108
412-299-7777 • www.avs.net
Terrence N. McNelis, President & CEO, Allegheny Valley School