Vintage Grand Prix Makes a Record Donation to its Charities

Pittsburgh - 2005 was a vintage year for the Grand Prix and its charities. Through sponsorship, merchandise sales, donations and driver entry fees the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, presented by Shop 'n Save set a new donation record of $150,000 the largest single donation in its 23-year history. The funds will be split equally between the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

PVGP President and Race Director Mike Connolly (right) unveils the record $150,000 donation check along with the Event's first Race Director Alan Patterson.

PVGP Executive Director Dan DelBianco was very pleased with the results stating, "This now brings our total donation to $1.9 million and puts the goal of $2 million well within our reach for 2006. The support of our volunteers, sponsors and local government officials is tremendous; to create a world wide vintage racing event on city streets is duplicated nowhere else in the country. And when you take into account that the event is free to the public," added DelBianco, "you soon realize how amazing an accomplishment it is to give to the charities."

Representing the Grand Prix's Presenting Sponsor Shop 'n SAVE, Rich Haeflein (right) accepts the checkered flag from PVGP Executive Director Dan DelBianco.

The October 27 check presentation was renamed the Victory Lap, because it was a unique opportunity for everyone who toiled throughout the year to relax and enjoy the recognition. Presenting Sponsor Shop 'n Save’s Rich Haeflein summed it up best when accepting a framed PVGP race flag he announced Shop 'n Save is extremely proud to be part of such a worthwhile event that contributes so much in the communities served by our independent retailers.

Over 125 people attended the presentation at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Oakland including new sponsors from Ford, Crown Royal, Casa D'Oro Jewelers, State Farm and Heinz North America.

Daniel DelBianco Executive Director Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association 1996 Ewings Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15108-3380
Office Phone 412-299-2273
Fax 412-299-6701