The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation has been the presenting sponsor of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix since 2014 and during that time the PVGP has experienced unprecedented growth in its event and fundraising.
The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association is excited to be the Presenting Sponsor for the eighth year in 2022. According to Lisa McIntyre, the new CEO of the GPADA, “we wholly support the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and their charitable mission. Our dealer members enjoy sharing the wheel with the Grand Prix and look forward to our continued partnership.”
The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation is the independent, philanthropic arm of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association. It was formed to raise and distribute funds for the support of, and contributions to, charitable organizations. Funds are raised through sponsorship of the Pittsburgh International Auto Show’ “Dancing with the Cars” and other fund-raising events held throughout the year.
Dan DelBianco, Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Executive Director, said, “The GPADA has always been supportive of our event with its local dealers and manufacturers representing the single largest sponsor segment. The combination of GPADA and its Foundation, with our 100,000+ attendees and enthusiastic volunteers, makes this an ideal fit for each organization.”
GPADA is a metro dealer association representing over 200 franchised automobile and truck dealers and related industries in Western Pennsylvania. Dealer members are primarily engaged in the retail sales of new and used motor vehicles as well as automotive service, repair and parts sales. Associate Members include banks, finance companies, radio and television stations, newspapers, aftermarket services and other companies related to the automotive industry. GPADA, founded in 1924 as a non-profit organization, encourages and promotes trade and commerce by providing and supporting various services, educational and training programs.
February 21, 2022 – During the Pittsburgh Auto Show, the PVGP and the GPADF wrapped up their phenomenal 2021 event and launched into 2022 at high speed!
The 2021 PVGP was appropriately themed “Back on Track” to celebrate our return to the race track and show field after postponing most events in 2020 due to the pandemic. We were fortunate enough to raise $340,000 for our charities, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School. The donation was a combination of the funds raised during our events last summer and a donation from our presenting sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation (GPADF) yesterday. The resulting $340,000 check pushed the PVGP’s all-time contribution over the $6 million mark to $6,264,000.
Joey Thurby, the President of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association, said, “we are proud to be a partner with the PVGP and continue to support the needs of the charities. Most of our dealers are family owned and we pride ourselves in giving back to the community.” The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, is the independent philanthropic arm of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association. It was formed to raise and distribute funds for the support of and contributions to charitable organizations. Funds are raised through sponsorship of the Pittsburgh International Auto Show and other fundraising events held throughout the year.
PVGP Executive Director Dan DelBianco expressed his thanks to everyone who made this donation possible saying “this $340,000 donation is the result of a year-long effort of our volunteers to organize and staff events, the cooperation with the City of Pittsburgh and generous partners like the GPADF and the 75 sponsors that contribute to our success and all the drivers and spectators who attend and donate.”