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New Pittsburgh tour series helps support non-profits

Pittsburgh Transportation Group has launched a new group tour division with a focus on giving back to the community called “Pittsburgh Tours & More.” This new division features a series of specialized Pittsburgh tours that are teamed with participating nonprofit organizations that will receive a portion of each tour’s proceeds.

“Giving back to the community has been a longstanding tradition of our company and we wanted to continue that tradition with our new tour division,” says Jamie Campolongo, president of Pittsburgh Transportation Group (PTG). “We’re creating another way to put the fun in fundraising for a number of Pittsburgh nonprofit groups.”

Current non-profit partners include Pittsburgh Film Office, Josh Gibson Foundation, Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and Animal Rescue League & Wildlife Center. Ticket prices for the tours range from $30 to $85 and run anywhere from 2.5 hours to 6 hours in length. Public tours run Fridays and Saturdays. Each tour also includes a food element such as a treat, lunch or sampling.

"We tried to cover a wide swath of needs and interests in our choices of tour partnered nonprofits," says Group Tours Director Sherris Moreira. "The tours already help spotlight and promote Pittsburgh, but by partnering the tours with nonprofits, it’s another great way to spotlight and promote the city. We chose to support nonprofits that also give back to the community at large, so to us, it’s a complete win-win."

The tours benefiting the partnering non-profits include the following:

Lights, Camera, Pittsburgh: The Official Film Office Movie Tour (2.5 hours) benefiting the Pittsburgh Film Office features an interactive tour through the city backdrops of such movies as The Dark Knight Rises, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flashdance, Inspector Gadget, Jack Reacher and dozens more created in partnership with The Pittsburgh Film Office. Chateau Café & Cakery will also provide treats on the tour.

City of Champions: The Pittsburgh Sports History Tour (2.5 hours) benefits the Josh Gibson Foundation and explores the sports history of Pittsburgh and includes tours of former football fields like Forbes Field, the “Cradle of Quarterbacks” legend, and the stomping grounds of famous Pittsburgh athletes like Johnny Unitas. Treats will also be provided on the tour by Chateau Café & Cakery.

Flavor of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh’s Popular Food Culture Tour (3 hours) benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and will give tour-goers the chance to taste their way through Pittsburgh with bites from popular food destinations featured in Huffington Post, Man Vs Food, Drive-Ins and Dives, Undercover Boss, The Food Network, The Travel Channel and more. The food samplings included in this tour are enough for a meal.

The Amish Experience: Country Living at its Best Tour (6 hours) benefiting the Animal Rescue League & Wild Life Center goes beyond the city limits and explores the countryside and shops of Old Order Amish in the heart of Western Pennsylvania. A homestyle lunch is provided on the tour by Tavern on the Square in New Wilmington.

In addition to these offerings, Pittsburgh Transportation Group has also been partnering with other non-profits to help them develop their own fundraising tours.

"We’ve been approached by nonprofits that are developing tours of their own and we are just putting the wheels under their tours, so to speak," says Moreira. "This way, we can partner and promote to interested constituents. So far, these encompass public art, business incubators and historical churches. It’s actually very exciting to be able to provide another means of fundraising to a variety of nonprofits and charitable organizations."

Moreira adds that the tours are a great opportunity to do something fun and also contribute to a good cause.

"We all need to do fun things for ourselves, but sometimes it’s hard to do so with other pressing matters in our lives," she says. "Tours that give back to good causes help alleviate the guilt of taking time for ourselves and people have responded well to that concept."

Learn more about Pittsburgh Transportation Group’s fundraising tourism at http://www.pghtoursandmore.net/
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