35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser -

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the purpose of the 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser?

All proceeds of the 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser will benefit PCC’s annual community outreach event Pittsburgh Sings! A Festival of Choirs.  This annual event promotes the importance of music education in high school, through college and beyond.  Over 1,000 high school singers have benefitted from this event over the past eight years and with your help this event will benefit thousands more for years to come!  Please take a moment to view the above video for more information about PCC’s Pittsburgh Sings! A Festival of Choirs.

 

A portion of each ticket purchased as well as all proceeds from the Monte Carlo casino games, basket raffles, and silent auction items at the event itself will go directly to benefit the future of Pittsburgh Sings! A Festival of Choirs.

 

How can I donate?

There are several ways that you can donate to the 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser such as: monetary donations, basket raffle donations and silent auction donations.  Pittsburgh Concert Chorale is non-profit organization. Donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes noting their charitable donation.  If you are interested in donating and/or have more questions about donating, please contact office@pccsing.org or call 412-635-7654

 

What does my ticket to the 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser include?

 

Each ticket includes free valet parking; two-hour open bar; starter chips for the Monte Carlo Night casino games, food, “Pittsburgh Best Dessert Bar”, basket raffle, silent auction, photo booth, music, dancing, and fun!

 

What is the dress code for this event?

 

The dress code for the 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser is party/dressy casual attire. 

Women: cocktail dresses or dress pants

Men: dress pants and button-down shirt (jacket/tie optional)

 

How do I take advantage of the free valet parking?

Guests should pull their vehicle up to the front entrance of Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory.  A valet attendant will greet each vehicle there and provide a valet ticket.  Please hold on to this ticket to present when the evening is over to claim your vehicle. 

 

What should I do if I require a handicap entrance into the venue?

 

If you or one of your guests require a handicap entrance into the venue, please notify a valet attendant and they will direct you to the proper entrance. 

Do I need to bring anything with me to gain entry to the event?

 

Yes. A printed copy of the ticket PDF that was emailed to you after your ticket purchase and a valid photo ID will need to be presented at the Registration Table to gain entry to the event.

How does the starter game chips card for the Monte Carlo games work?

 

Upon Registration each guest will be given a ‘Welcome Packet’.  As part of that packet each guest will receive a card that is equivalent to five (5) casino game chips.  To redeem this card (and any future game chip cards purchased) guests present the card to any dealer who will exchange the card for five (5) actual game chips to use to play any of the available games.

 

What types of Monte Carlo casino games will be available to play?

 

Blackjack, Poker, Craps, and Roulette

 

Do I have to know how to gamble to participate in the Monte Carlo casino games?

 

Absolutely not!  The wonderful dealers from Entertainment Unlimited will be there to teach you how to play and will encourage you along the way.

How do I purchase more game chips?

 

There will be a ‘Bankers Table’ at the event where additional game chips can be purchased.  Once purchased the game chip cards can be redeemed by exchanging them with any dealer in exchange for five (5) chips per game chip card. Game chips can be used for any of the table games available.  ALL proceeds from the purchase of additional game chips will go directly to benefit the PCC’s Pittsburgh Sings: A Festival of Choirs.

How do I cash in my remaining chips at the end of the evening?

 

The last hand will be called and played.  After that each guest can turn in their remaining chips for prize tickets.  Dealers will collect the chips and present guests with one (1) prize ticket for every five (5) remaining chips turned in.  There will then be time for guests to put their prize tickets in for the game prizes to be drawn at the end of the event.  Guests must be present at the end of the casino games to redeem their chips for tickets.  If a guest must leave before the end of the games, we recommend that they give their remaining chips to a friend to “cash in” for them. 

 

How do I purchase tickets for the basket raffles?

 

There will be a ‘Basket Raffle Tickets Table’ at the event where guests can purchase tickets to be entered to win any of the available baskets.  There will be a sign next to each table indicating when the winning tickets for those baskets will be drawn.  Guests must be present to win.  All baskets must be picked up by the end of the evening. ALL proceeds from the purchase of basket raffle tickets will go directly to benefit the PCC’s Pittsburgh Sings: A Festival of Choirs.

 

What do I do if I make the winning bid on a silent auction item?

 

Bidding on all silent auction items will close at 10:30pm.  Winning bidder names will be announced and those guests will be asked to come to the silent auction area to claim their prizes. Guests must be present to win.  All winners will need to pay for their item and pick it up by the end of the evening. ALL proceeds from the silent auction will go directly to benefit the PCC’s Pittsburgh Sings: A Festival of Choirs.

 

What forms of payment will be accepted at the 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser?

 

Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) and Cash will both be accepted for all aspect of the 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser including at the ‘Bankers Table’ for additional game chips; at the ‘Basket Raffle Tickets Table’ for basket raffle tickets; to claim your prize for the silent auction; to purchase additional beverages after the open bar period has concluded. 

 

Guests may also pay be check for the silent auction prizes or if they wish to make an additional donation to PCC’s Pittsburgh Sings: A Festival of Choirs.  Checks should be made payable to ‘Pittsburgh Concert Chorale’.

 

There is an ATM available in the Priory Hotel lobby (next to Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory).

 

What should I do if one of the people whom I registered for this event can no longer attend and someone else will be coming in their place?

 

Please contact the office at office@pccsing.org or by calling 412-635-7654 to inform us that one of your guests will not be attending, but someone else will be attending in their place.  This will assist us to have an accurate guest list for the Registration Table at our event.  Please remember that guests must be age 21 or older.

Travel Information

 

Please remember that we care deeply about the safety and security of all guests. We encourage you not to drink and drive.  Please take care to plan in advance for your transportation home (for example: carpool with friends, have a designated driver, or use a ride share service such as Uber, Lyft, Taxi, etc.)

Hotel Accommodation Information

Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory has a hotel attached to the venue where guests are able to book overnight accommodations.  Visit thepriory.com or call 1-866-3PRIORY to learn more about booking your hotel accommodations.

The following hotels are also located within short distances from Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory and can be called for additional information regarding overnight accommodations. (Driving distance = 4 to 7 min; Walking distance = 12 to 20 min)

Holiday Inn Express (412-323-0300) - 228 Federal Street, Pgh, PA  15212

SpringHill Suites (412-323-9005) - 223 Federal Street, Pgh, PA  15212

Residence Inn (412-321-2099) - 574 W. General Robinson St, Pgh, PA  15212

Hyatt Place (412-321-3000) - 260 N. Shore Drive, Pgh, PA  15212

Directions to Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory

From Downtown Pittsburgh

Take the 9th Street Bridge (aka Rachel Carson Bridge) toward the North Shore. Continue on Anderson Street until you can go no further. All traffic must turn right onto Stockton Ave, then turn left onto Cedar Ave. (Sunoco station will be on your right). Turn right at the 1st street on your right, Pressley St. The entrance to The Priory Hotel is at the end of the street on the left. For events at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall, turn left at the end of Pressley St. onto Nash Street. At the stop sign turn left onto Lockhart Street. The entrance is on the left.

From 376 W/Monroeville

Follow 376 W toward Pittsburgh. Take exit 1A for I-279 N/North Shore. Merge onto I-279 N. Take the first exit, exit 1D for East Ohio St. Stay left and take the ramp to East Ohio St. At the light at the end of the ramp turn left onto East Ohio St. At the 2nd light turn left onto Cedar Avenue. Go 3 blocks and turn left onto Pressley St. The entrance to The Priory Hotel is at the end of the street on the left. For events at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall, turn left at the end of Pressley St. onto Nash Street. At the stop sign turn left onto Lockhart Street. The entrance is on the left.

From Airport/376 E

Follow signs to Pittsburgh, I-376 E. Go through Ft. Pitt Tunnel. Upon exiting tunnel, cross over to the far left lane of the Fort Pitt Bridge and follow signs for I-279 N to the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Then, cross over to the far right lane, continuing to follow signs for I-279 N. Take the first exit, exit 1D for East Ohio St/Chestnut St. Stay left and follow ramp to East Ohio St. At the light at the end of the ramp turn left onto East Ohio St. At the 2nd light turn left onto Cedar Avenue. Go 3 blocks and turn left onto Pressley St. The entrance to The Priory Hotel is at the end of the street on the left. For events at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall, turn left at the end of Pressley St. onto Nash Street. At the stop sign turn left onto Lockhart Street. The entrance is on the left.

From 279 S/Erie

Take I-79 S and merge onto I-279 S toward Pittsburgh. Take Exit 2B East Street toward Rt. 28 N, East Ohio St. Follow East St. to 2nd light and make a right onto East Ohio St. At the 1st traffic light, turn left onto Cedar Ave. Go 3 blocks and turn left onto Pressley St. The entrance to The Priory Hotel is at the end of the street on the left. For events at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall, turn left at the end of Pressley St. onto Nash Street. At the stop sign turn left onto Lockhart Street. The entrance is on the left.

From Route 8/Route 28

Follow Rt 28 S toward Pittsburgh. Exit at East Ohio Street. Follow East Ohio Street to 4th light and turn left onto Cedar Ave. Go 3 blocks and turn left onto Pressley St. The entrance to The Priory Hotel is at the end of the street on the left. For events at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall, turn left at the end of Pressley St. onto Nash Street. At the stop sign turn left onto Lockhart Street. The entrance is on the left.

 

Any additional questions?

 

Please contact the office at office@pccsing.org or by calling 412-635-7654 and we will be happy to assist you in answering any further questions you may have.  Look forward to seeing you on October 16th!

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Pittsburgh Concert Chorale photography by Paul Vladuchick