Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala

Friday, July 26, 2024

Our Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala opens Grand Prix Race Week in formal style! This is a must for any auto enthusiast who enjoys shiny cars, fine dining and great company. In addition to being one of the city’s best summer parties, it is also a significant fundraiser for our charity partners. Bobby Rahal Auto Group is the Presenting Sponsor.

2024 PVGP Gala at the PPG Wintergarden

We are excited to take the Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala downtown to the beautiful PPG Place and the Wintergarden downtown. The 8,000 sq ft plant-filled, glass-enclosed event venue is bathed in natural light. Based in Pittsburgh’s iconic PPG Place, there really is no other location like it. It is a stunning event venue in an urban setting, the PPG Wintergarden is sure to impress.

Our emcee and entertainment this year is Billy Hartung. Billy was with us in 2021 and returns this year thanks to the sponsorship from Maggie & John Schmotzer at Metropolitan Window Company.

As an Entertainer, Billy has enjoyed a 25-year career involving Broadway, Off-Broadway, films, television and regional theatres throughout the country.  Currently, he can be seen singing and dancing in the Academy Award-winning movie musical “CHICAGO” (Miramax). He is thrilled to have been invited to perform at the 75th Annual Academy Awards (ABC) and The 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), where he performed in a tribute to Chita Rivera. With over 1000 performances on the Broadway stage to his credit, Billy has been featured in the “Original Casts” of three Broadway shows. The critically acclaimed Side Show, the high-energy Broadway blockbuster Footloose and The sold-out limited engagement with Liza Minnelli titled – Minnelli on Minnelli:  Live at the Palace Theatre.   Local credits include Pittsburgh City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and The Pittsburgh Opera. He has shared the stage and performed on the same bill with some of the finest musicians in the country over the last 2 decades.

Tickets On Sale Now

Single tickets are $325 each, and a table of 10 is $3,000.

Thank you to our generous sponsors


If you would like to sponsor our event, opportunities are still available. 2024 Gala Sponsorship – PDF


2023 PVGP Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala


Event Opens: 7:00
Silent Auction: 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Open Bar: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Opening Remarks: 8:00 PM
Dinner: 8:15 PM
Live Auction: 9:00 – 9:30 PM



Gala Committee – We welcome Jennifer Bainbridge and Bella Searle to the committee!

Brenda Tenison – chairperson
Jennifer Bainbridge
Amy Hahn Beck
Deborah Davis
Michelle DelBianco
Beatriz Harrison
Bella Searle
Evelyn Kelly Searle
Maggie Schmotzer
Jessie Tait

If you are interested in learning more or contributing an auction prize please email Brenda Tenison


Event details: Start date Friday, July 26, 2024 7:00 pm End date 11:00 pm Calendar Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala

Brenda Tenison
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association

Organizer details


Venue details Venue

PPG Wintergarden


1 PPG Place

City Pittsburgh Postal code 15222 State PA


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