Passport to Elegance Hangar Party

Thursday, August 1, 2024

2023 PVGP Passport to Elegance Hangar Party

This high-flying party, presented by UBS Walnut Wealth Management Group was a great success! Guests were part of a unique experience where every detail rivals the most exclusive of world-class charity events.

The party wias Ferrari themed and had a large contingent of Ferrari’s that came to town to celebrate the Marque of the Year. Guests were immersed in the evolution and examples of the rare and interesting automotive and air transportation throughout history in a festive and lavish atmosphere featuring scrumptious passed hors devours, strolling food stations and top-shelf open bars. The evening also included live music, silent and live auctions to raise funds for our charities

A Chance Vought F4U Corsair that served in the U.S. Navy landed to great fanfare. As the featured aircraft it did not disappoint the crowd of 500+. Danny Panoz brought the best of his car collection and fired up his race car!


You never know which spectacular cars will be featured until you arrive but we can assure you that Eric Zagrocki, Ed Rice, Andy Schor, Amy Beck, Bob Speer, Scott Kerr and Bernie Martin are hard at work locating unique cars for display including a contingent of Ferraris to represent our Marque of the Year.

Featured Aircraft – Corsair
Sponsored through the kindness of Scott Kerr and Maureen Kerr

The Corsair was a carrier-capable fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War.  The Chance Vought F4U Corsair served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, Fleet Air Arm and the Royal New Zealand Air Force, as well as the French Navy Aéronavale until the 1960s. It quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter-bomber of World War II. Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of the war, and the U.S. Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio with the F4U Corsair.

The aircraft’s distinctive inverted gull-wing design allowed ground clearance for the huge, three-bladed Hamilton Standard Hydromatic propeller, which spanned more than 4 meters (13 feet). The Pratt and Whitney R-2800 radial engine and Hydromatic propeller was the largest and one of the most powerful engine-propeller combinations ever flown on a fighter aircraft.

This particular CAF’s FG-1D “530” is one of the original airframes that launched the Commemorative Air Force. It is not only historically significant, but it is thoroughly ingrained in the CAF’s heritage and has been one of the busiest aircraft in the history of the CAF’s stable.


Single Tickets: $395 each
4 – 7 Tickets: $350 each
8 or more Tickets: $295 each


The party starts at 6:00 and runs until 10 PM. Ample parking is available at the Airport and it’s easy to find off of Route 8. All food and drink are included with your ticket and there will be an auction to help raise additional funds for our charities.

“I love the beauty of vintage cars, especially ones from the ’50s and ’60; and this event easily rivals the one out in California’s Monterey Bay.”
–  BOBBY RAHAL, Indianapolis 500 winning race driver and special guest at the inaugural Passport to Elegance party.



A special thanks to Presenting Sponsor UBS Walnut Wealth Management Group for their desire to once again be associated with this first-class event for the fourth year! There are opportunities available for event sponsorship that include event tickets and logo placement on signage. But don’t wait long sponsorships are taking off! Download the 2023 PVGP Passport Sponsorship PDF or contact Dan DelBianco or Stephanie Shaffer for more details.



PVGP Welcomes Boisset Wines

Boisset Wines is supporting the PVGP’s Passport to Elegance by supplying an incredible selection of wines and champagne at the hangar party. Mitch Hart from, an Independent Ambassador will also private label wine for the PVGP and will donate a portion of the online proceeds to the PVGP Charities.

Select the wine or wines you prefer, the minimum order is a case of 12 of a single varietal. ORDER NOW



Please contact Event Chairs, Eric Zagrocki and Susan Gera if you have any questions or would like to get involved on the committee
Eric Zagrocki
Susan Gera
Stephanie Shaffer
Scott Kerr
Bob Speer
Kelly Gremba
Ed Rice
Ted Sohier
Amy Hahn Beck
Michael Meehan
Andy Schor

We want to extend a big thank you to the volunteers from Merakey AVS and the BMW Club that make the Passport to Elegance Party such a big success!

Event details: Start date Thursday, August 1, 2024 6:00 pm End date Thursday, August 1, 2024 10:00 pm Calendar Passport to Elegance Hangar Party

Eric Zagrocki
Susan Gera

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