BIG CHECK—The Red CARpet Premiere’s Pittsburgh Charity event raised $400,000 to fight Autism. (Photos by Paige Mitchell)

BIG CHECK—The Red CARpet Premiere’s Pittsburgh Charity event raised $400,000 to fight Autism. (Photos by Paige Mitchell)

The Red CARpet Premiere annual Pittsburgh Charity event was held recently at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, where more than a thousand gathered to celebrate a magical evening for a great cause. The event was the opening event of the Pittsburgh International Auto Show which benefited the  Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Charities (PVGP). 

“My daughter is autistic so this event is close to my heart, and its important for me and my wife to be here tonight and be apart of this,” said Joey Porter, former Steelers player and currently a coach.

This year’s new presenting sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, recently threw one of the biggest parties of the year. The Red CARpet Premiere is the first opportunity to see the exciting line-up of new cars before the show opens up to the public. All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorship will directly benefit the PVGP Charities. 

“A great night, for a great cause,” Charlie Batch said.

Last year an estimated grand total of $360,000 was raised for charity, but this year the record was broken. A check was presented in the amount of $400,000 to benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley Schools. Raising $40,000 more than the previous year. 

 

ONE OF MANY CLASSIC CARS FEATURED AT THE SHOW

ONE OF MANY CLASSIC CARS FEATURED AT THE SHOW

“My platform, Digging For Diamonds, is used to help students reach their full potential. I strongly advocate for the creation of opportunities, knowledge, and research in Autism,” Miss Pennsylvania Ashley Schmider said.

“We are excited to unite the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and the Pittsburgh International Auto Show to bring car enthusiasts together for two great events with proceeds from each benefiting Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School,” said Lisa Mason Eck, director of Charitable Events for the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation. 

The epic evening began with a champagne and cocktail reception, then a ribbon cutting, followed by the check presentation. Guests enjoyed complimentary valet parking, champagne and cocktails, a savory strolling dinner, while topping the night off with deserts and dancing among breathtaking automobiles. 

All sorts of luxury vehicles filled the venue: Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Ford, Jeep, Chevrolet and more. 

“Anything for a good cause… count me in. I had a great time,” said Debbie Noreau, one of the guests. 

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