News & Events

Chicago Auto Show charity benefit raises $2.3 million for 18 Charities

Eighteen area charities tonight shared in more than $2.3 million raised by the 2014 Chicago Auto Show’s benevolent event, First Look for Charity, and two attendees left with the keys to new vehicles.

About 9,000 people attended First Look for Charity, helping to raise $2,334,623. The event is held the evening before the annual auto show opens its 10-day public run.

“First Look for Charity is a great instrument for the area’s new-car dealers to show the positive impact they have on their community,” said Kurt Schiele, chairman of this year’s auto show. “All the benefiting charities are involved locally, so the money that’s raised in Chicago stays in Chicago.”

As the name of the event implies, those who attend First Look for Charity are part of the premier viewing of each year’s Chicago Auto Show. Tickets to the fund-raiser are $250 each, and purchasers can elect to have their proceeds equally benefit all participating charities, or any one charity for which they have an affinity. For the event, the auto show floor is replete with a variety of food and beverage stations.

A highlight of the evening this year was the drawing for two grand prize vehicles: a 2014 Toyota Corolla and a 2014 Toyota Highlander. This year’s event awarded the Corolla to Ed Burke, of Naperville; and the Highlander to Mario Pacheco, of Chicago.

Misericordia, one of the participating charities, benefited doubly from Burke’s presence. First, Burke donated the proceeds of his ticket purchase to benefit the home to more than 600 children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Then, upon winning the car, Burke said he would donate the Corolla to the nonprofit.

Pacheco said he usually takes an annual trip to his native Mexico to visit his brothers. Now, Pacheco said he is excited to have a new vehicle in which to take the trip. Pacheco’s ticket purchase benefited the Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities.

Other organizations participating in the 2014 First Look for Charity included the 100 Club of Chicago, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, Clearbrook, The Cradle Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Franciscan Community Benefit Services.

Also, Franciscan St. James Health, the Illinois Spina Bifida Association, JDRF, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, March of Dimes, Special Olympics Illinois, Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, and the Jesse White Tumbling Team.

First Look for Charity and the Chicago Auto Show are presented by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, representing the new-car dealers of Chicagoland and northwest Indiana.

Back to News

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS16

Blog

More

Friday, June, 24, 2016

A Day at the Park, Ridgeline Style

  Honda introduced Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) members to the new 2017 Ridgeline truck ...

Thursday, June, 02, 2016

MAMA Spring Rally Roundup

Each spring, car manufacturers and auto writers flock to Elkhart Lake, Wis. to partake in the annual, ...

Friday, May, 27, 2016

Racing's Greatest Weekend

Memorial Day, time to sit back, enjoy the smell of new-mown grass, remember those who fought so hard to protect our ...

Thursday, May, 19, 2016

Nissan Leaf Charged Up for 2016

While the completely redesigned Chevrolet Volt and soon-to-be produced Bolt garner most of the electric-car media ...

Friday, May, 13, 2016

Ford GT a Sellout!

Ford received 6,506 fully completed applications from people around the world in the one-month window to apply to ...

Wednesday, April, 20, 2016

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Honda is encouraging safer driving habits with a social media campaign titled #PhoneDownEyesUp. The campaign ...

Wednesday, April, 13, 2016

Ford Now Accepting Applications for GT Supercar

For the first time, 2015 Chicago Auto Show goers were able to see the Ford GT supercar in person at the show and ...

Wednesday, March, 30, 2016

Cars are the Star of the Big Apple

Automakers lit up the Big Apple last week with an assortment of flashy vehicles that debuted during the New York ...

Monday, March, 14, 2016

Buick Presents Cascada to Midwest Automotive Media Association

Buick Vice President of Marketing Tony DiSalle spotlighted the all-new Buick Cascada during the Midwest Automotive ...

Monday, February, 29, 2016

Chevy Inspires Kindness in #DayItForward

Today is a unique day in history, one that does not come around often but has inspired goodness throughout ...

More

6/25/2016 10:12:03 AM

Want to help support local troops and their families? Chicagoland’s car dealers are firing up the grill on Saturday, July 16 to host USO BBQ for the Troops fundraisers. Find a BBQ Near you: www.DriveChicago.com. #BBQ4Troops

6/24/2016 3:35:13 PM

A day at the park...Honda Ridgeline style. #UltimateTailgate

6/24/2016 11:31:25 AM

I think we can all agree that The Chicago Auto Show is the best in the nation! Let's show our support by voting

6/24/2016 11:31:04 AM

#FanFriday! Great photo via @chicagoland_cruisers

6/22/2016 11:13:18 AM

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, July 16. Chicagoland car dealers are on a summertime mission to help raise money for the USO of Illinois and our local troops! Visit www.DriveChicago.com for more details and learn how you can help. #BBQ4Troops

6/21/2016 2:48:00 PM

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, that debuted at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, gets a "totally tubular" review

6/21/2016 11:09:03 AM

#TakeMeBackTuesday! The Chevrolet Camaro 1967 was revealed at the 59th Chicago Auto Show

6/21/2016 9:12:47 AM

Acura's NSX concept more advanced than a Tesla? - via Mashable

6/20/2016 1:15:11 PM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

6/20/2016 12:17:58 PM

Vote for The Chicago Auto Show

More

6/25/2016 8:00:48 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: Who doesn’t love a good BBQ? On 7/16, attend a @USO_of_Illinois #BBQ4Troops event at a dealer near you! https://t.co/E0eSz

6/25/2016 11:58:01 AM

Who doesn’t love a good BBQ? On 7/16, attend a @USO_of_Illinois #BBQ4Troops event at a dealer near you! https://t.co/E0eSzO49Re

6/24/2016 7:54:12 PM

The Frank's Bar In Lincoln Park Daily is out! https://t.co/thljLJrEDp Stories via @MightyVine @ChiAutoShow @RLCarriers #chicago

6/24/2016 3:36:17 PM

A day at the park... @Honda Ridgeline style. https://t.co/iP0Z2gNT1Z #UltimateTailgate #HappyFriday

6/24/2016 11:34:11 AM

#FanFriday! Thx to @chicagoland_cruisers for this great photo. https://t.co/p51ccfkw9W

6/23/2016 6:25:53 PM

RT @tweetAprilRose: Promise I'll be good if I get one of these! The new Ford GT ?? 600hp @ChiAutoShow @979TheLoop https://t.co/iRdNSmv9Ey

6/22/2016 1:48:00 PM

Save the Date: 7/16. Help us support local #troops at @USO_of_Illinois #BBQ4Troops events! Visit https://t.co/I8YFZZ217r.

6/21/2016 6:35:13 PM

It's not too soon to start planning for next year's @ChiAutoShow! Check out these reasons to attend: https://t.co/xOikaepF2Y #auto #CAS17

6/21/2016 2:21:10 PM

RT @craftymomof3: Thanks for the recent follow @ChiAutoShow @Authoramp @PinzonRobert Happy to connect :) have a great Tuesday. >> https://t