Archived News & Events, February 2019


PHMC Celebrates Black History Month

During the month of February, Merakey AVS’ Patricia Hillman Miller Campus (PHMC) program staff and individuals collaborated with residential staff to share the diversity within the walls of PHMC and created unique ways to recognize Black History Month.

The creative path between these departments shaped ideas, opinions, communication, and best of all, teamwork. Through shared experiences, creativity took hold and blossomed into beautiful works of art that are proudly displayed at PHMC.

This partnership shows that when we work towards a common goal, the results unify a diverse group of individuals.

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Oh, What a Night!

A record donation was made to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) charities earlier this month.

The check presentation for the 2018 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix was held at the Dancing with the Cars event on Valentine’s Day. Hosted by the PVGP’s Presenting Sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation (GPADF). This event was the preview for the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show.

Guests gathered at the Ford stage for the unveiling of the check to the PVGP charities. Elizabeth from Merakey AVS expressed her gratitude for the all the PVGP supporters. She also spoke about her exciting journey toward reaching her goal to one day live independently and become an advocate for people with disabilities.

The GPADF then presented a $410,000 check to the PVGP, Merakey AVS and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh – a record donation!

Merakey AVS had 40 guests at the event including four ambassadors and their accompanying staff members. Everyone enjoyed dancing, delicious food, amazing cars and great company.

Merakey AVS is grateful to the PVGP and all its sponsors, donors, volunteers, drivers and other friends for their commitment to the individuals that we support.

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is the nation’s largest vintage street race with 10 days of racing, car shows, parties, parades and motorsport events. In 2019, the PVGP will celebrate its 37th annual race through the streets of Schenley Park. The PVGP’s mission is to produce a world-class vintage automotive event to raise funds for autistic and intellectually/developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region. Because of the generous support and contributions from volunteers and sponsors, the PVGP has donated more than $5 million since 1983. Merakey AVS is a proud and grateful beneficiary of the PVGP!


Sweet Delivery for Allegheny Valley School

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On February 15, Merakey Allegheny Valley School received a delivery of fresh flowers from Patti Harding, the owner of Muetzel’s Florist & Gifts.

Many thanks to Cindy Caldwell, Patti Daly and Valerie Loy for making ten beautiful flower arrangements. We are grateful for the fresh flowers that brightened the day!