Archived News & Events, July 2019


2019 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

The 37th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP), presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, concluded on Race Weekend (July 20-21) at Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. Leading up to the weekend was 10-days of events that included car shows, parades, a gala, a party in an airplane hangar, vintage races, and much more.

Several individuals supported by Merakey Allegheny Valley School attended PVGP events as charity ambassadors, participating in the Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala, Historics at Pitt-Race, Passport to Elegance Jet Center Party and Race Weekend Opening Ceremonies Parade. We are grateful to the ambassadors and many employees for representing Merakey AVS at events throughout the 2019 PVGP! Click here to see pictures from the event.

We are also extremely thankful to more than 100 family members, friends and employees who braved the heat and came out to Schenley Park to volunteer to sell PVGP merchandise on Race Weekend. Their efforts, along with those of hundreds of other volunteers, ensures that all the events run smoothly, are enjoyable, and bring great results for the PVGP and its charities. Since its start in 1983, the PVGP has raised more than $5 million for Merakey Allegheny Valley School and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh. For more about the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, visit

PVGP 2019

Join Us for the PVGP Race Weekend


The 37th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) race weekend at Schenley Park is this Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21. This FREE event is one of the nation’s premier vintage motorsport races and the largest one run on city streets. The weekend also includes car shows, vendors, activities for kids and much more. Come out to experience the excitement!

The PVGP brings car enthusiasts from around the world to Pittsburgh for a truly unique festival of vintage cars. 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. We are grateful to all volunteers for their efforts to ensure the event runs smoothly, is enjoyable for the spectators, and is a huge success for the supported charities. Since its start in 1983, the PVGP has raised more than $5 million for charity. Merakey Allegheny Valley School is proud and grateful to be one of the PVGP beneficiaries.

We hope you will make it out to enjoy the 2019 PVGP Race Weekend!


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!


The Longest Day at Slippery Rock Program Center

The Slippery Rock Program Center at Merakey AVS decided to use The Longest Day on June 21 (first day of summer) as inspiration for their art. Each of the seven program areas created a canvas in dedication of Alzheimer’s Awareness. They created several different styles and designs. The Slippery Rock Program Center also raffled off a kid’s summer basket and a burlap wreath, raising $225 for Team Merakey at The Longest Day Walk!

Longest Day, June 21

Kennedy and Zapp Celebrate Summer

More than 325 individuals supported by Merakey Allegheny Valley School at the Kennedy and Zapp Centers, staff members, family and friends celebrated summer on June 28. Activities included carnival games, a petting zoo, BINGO, crafts, a dance, picnic lunch and much more! This year’s theme was Merakey’s 50th Anniversary. A fun time was had by all!

Celebrating Summer '19
Celebrating Summer '19
Celebrating Summer '19
Celebrating Summer '19
Celebrating Summer '19