By Ian Mikrut
Photography: Allie Wynands

Nearly 300 guests packed the beautiful Longue Vue Club in Verona for the Black Tie and Tailpipes Gala. The event, a popular fixture prior to the excitement of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, has sold out for the last five years with guests coming from as far as Florida, West Virginia, and California! The evening featured appetizers, a dinner of petite filet mignon and grilled sea bass, and desserts of mini pastries and petit cakes, served on the patio under the stars while City Heat on the Terrace entertained. Bloomers Floral Studio in Oakmont provided pink and sage arrangements. Forty silent auction baskets and six live auctions offered great prizes, including Pirates box seats, Bulova watches, a custom Brooks Brothers suit, Longue Vue Club golf packages, and a Magnum Wine bottle auction! Says Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala chair Maggie Schmotzer, “In my welcome speech, I mentioned the poem ‘I Hear America Singing’ by Walt Whitman. The attendees that night truly sang songs of charity.” The evening, emceed by WTAE-TV’s Andrew Stockey, raised more than $95,000 to benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School! “Our event is so unique because of the people, cars, dancing, music, and nature,” says Schmotzer. “All put together, it was a gem of a night.”

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