Over the past 23 years, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity benefit has raised more than $38 million for local charities. Widely considered Chicagoland's largest single-day charitable event, First Look has become the premier fundraiser for many local charities. This year, the money raised at First Look will benefit 18 local organizations. Here's a listing of each charity and the services they provide.
100 Club of Chicago
The 100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Club helps families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education. All federal, state, county and local police officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in Cook and Lake Counties are included.
Advocate Sherman Hospital
Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin is an acute care facility with highly skilled physicians and clinical professionals offering a comprehensive range of health care services. Since 1888, Sherman has provided quality, compassionate care to its patients and communities, and is a leader in delivering the most advanced technologies and services available in the northwest suburbs. Sherman Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, a faith-based system providing the safest environment and best health outcomes, while building lifelong relationships with the people we serve.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Since 1901, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago has provided a safe haven for youths during the most vulnerable part of their day: after school. BGCC's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Serving more than 1,800 youth each day at 18 club locations throughout Chicago, BGCC provides youths ages 6 to 18 with the tools they need to become well-rounded, successful adults.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
With more than 150 programs at more than 160 sites in Cook and Lake Counties, Catholic Charities is all about help and just about everywhere. Last year, Catholic Charities served more than 1 million children, parents, veterans, seniors and individuals regardless of religious tradition, ethnicity or social status, helping them through hard times.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet
For nearly 100 years, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet has been impacting the lives of the poor and vulnerable by offering a wide variety of programs and services. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted nearly 52,000 individuals of all faiths and beliefs in DuPage, Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois Counties. Programs include homeless shelters; emergency services; Head Start; aging and disability services; counseling; mobile food pantry; and veterans services.
Since 1955, Clearbrook has been a leader in creating innovative opportunities for children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities like autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Services include therapies, employment, day programs, home-based and residential options to more than 6,000 individuals yearly throughout the Chicagoland area.
The Cradle Foundation
The Cradle is a licensed, accredited, not-for-profit, nonsectarian adoption and child welfare agency that has placed over 15,000 children with loving families since 1923. The Cradle provides compassionate services for expectant women, adoptive parents and adopted persons, as well as 24-hour onsite nursery care for waiting infants.
Franciscan Community Benefit Services
Franciscan Community Benefit Services sponsors St. Jude House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; Madonna Foundation, which allows disadvantaged young women to receive Catholic high school education; and Franciscan Communities, which provides senior services.
Franciscan St. James Health
Franciscan St. James Health is a two-campus healthcare system, with hospitals in Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights. The hospital is a recognized expert in cancer detection and treatment, along with heart and cardiovascular services. For more than 100 years, St. James has been dedicated to caring for the sick, fostering health and providing quality healthcare for all, regardless of ability to pay.
Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities
Ray Graham Association provides residential, employment, life skills, and family support services to more than 2,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families at nearly 40 locations throughout DuPage County and the surrounding areas.
Illinois Spina Bifida Association
Spina Bifida is the most common, permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. The Illinois Spina Bifida Association works to improve the quality of life of children, adults, and families living with Spina Bifida through education, outreach, scholarship, camp, and public awareness programs.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in charitable research in 17 countries.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is a new state of the art hospital located on the downtown Chicago campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The hospital is ranked as one of the nation's top children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Lurie Children's relies on philanthropic support to fulfill its mission. Learn more at luriechildrens.org.
March of Dimes
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. March of Dimes helped each one of the 159,160 babies born last year in Illinois through research, community programs, education and advocacy.
Founded in 1921, Misericordia is recognized as one of the nation's leading communities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. On its 31-acre Chicago campus, Misericordia provides a network of programs and services and a continuum of residential care for 600 individuals from diverse racial, religious and economic backgrounds.
Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve greatness both on and off the field of competition. Their accomplishments in sports competition inspire them to seek new opportunities and challenges at home, at work and in the community.
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation was founded in 2005 to provide families with the support needed when managing the challenges faced by children with Autism. Turning Pointe Autism Foundation continues to create innovative programs and services to assist children, individuals and families as they navigate through the lifelong impact of Autism.
Jesse White Tumbling Team
The Jesse White Tumblers provide a recreational, athletic, educational and cultural enrichment experience for the inner city, at-risk kids. The group has helped nearly 14,000 student athletes stand up against violence, drugs and gangs, and graduate from high schools and universities. Jesse White's "tough love" program has received national and international recognition.