Kart Racing and Exotic Cars Benefit Merakey AVS
On June 22, under clear blue skies, nearly 100 people came together to have fun and raise awareness and support for Merakey Allegheny Valley School. The third annual Day at the Races, led by event trustees from UBS – Lou Sforza, Lee Oleinick, Chris Butsko and Jack Greenberg – included spirit rides in exotic cars, a kart race, great food, auctions and more. The event took place at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA.
“We’re so happy to host this event that helps to enrich the lives of the people supported by Merakey AVS,” commented Lou Sforza. “It’s a great partnership that we continue to grow year by year. Watch soon for the 2020 date!”
A very special addition this year was having members of Pittsburgh Cars ‘N’ Coffee bring their exotic vehicles to the event. “Owners of McLarens, Porsches, a Radical and an Ariel Atom - to name a few - were delighted to share their passion for their unique vehicles with the group,” noted Lee Oleinick. “Everyone enjoyed looking at the cars, and many experienced their force on Pitt Race’s track during the ‘spirit’ rides for charity.”
After warming up on the karting track, teams of three racers participated in the 60-minute competition. This year’s winners were:
1st: Rudy Agras, Vaughn Glace, Cydnie Oleinick
2nd: Rudy Agras Jr., Greg Carney, Mike Carney
3rd: Anthony Muscato, Tony Muscato and Justin Girasek
Many from Merakey AVS participated and volunteered at the event including Floyd, Jessica, Tess and Cheyan. One highlight of the day was seeing Floyd in Cliff Laschon’s Ariel Atom 2. “I had no idea I was going to be able to go out for a ride,” said Floyd. “It was a dream of mine to do this and it was incredible!”
We are grateful to all who helped make the 2019 Day at the Races a success, raising more than $20,000 for Merakey Allegheny Valley School!