Benefiting Charities

OVER THE PAST 26 YEARS, THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW’S FIRST LOOK FOR CHARITY BENEFIT HAS RAISED NEARLY $48 MILLION FOR LOCAL CHARITIES. ONE OF CHICAGO’S LARGEST SINGLE-DAY CHARITABLE EVENTS, 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 LIST OF EACH CHARITY AND THE SERVICES THE PROVIDE.

Benefiting Charities

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 Health Care
Advocate Health Care is the largest fully integrated health care delivery system in Illinois, operating nearly 400 sites of care and 12 hospitals, including two of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals and the state’s largest integrated children’s network. As a not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Advocate contributed $692 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2016.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Since 1902 Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago has provided a safe haven for children and teens 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 17,000 young people each year at 23 club locations throughout Chicago, BGCC provides children and teens 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.

Clearbrook
Since 1955, Clearbrook has been a leader in creating innovative opportunities for children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Services include therapies, employment, day programs, home-based and residential options to more than 8,000 individuals yearly throughout the Chicagoland area.

The Cradle
The Cradle is a licensed, accredited, not-for-profit, nonsectarian adoption and child welfare agency that has placed more than 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 Health Foundation
For more than 100 years, Franciscan Health Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights has fulfilled its mission of “Continuing Christ's ministry in our Franciscan tradition” by providing exceptional healthcare services to South Suburban Chicago’s residents with special concern for the health needs of the poor and disenfranchised. The Franciscan Health Foundation supports the efforts of the hospital to fulfill the mission.

JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion since our inception. We are an organization built on a a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D.

Susan G. Komen-Chicago
Komen Chicago provides breast health community grants in Chicagoland providing greatly needed resources including mammograms, diagnostics, treatment and support for uninsured or underinsured low- to moderate-income persons. 75 percent of all net proceeds fund community grants and 25 percent fund global research.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago provides superior pediatric care in a state of the art hospital that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. 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.

Lydia Home & Safe Families for Children
For more than 100 years, Lydia Home has provided compassion and care to vulnerable children. Through residential foster care and foster care placements, Lydia brings hope, healing and home to children in need. Safe Families for Children continues this tradition by surrounding families in crisis with caring, compassionate community to keep kids safe and families intact. Safe Families creates extended family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers.

March of Dimes
March of Dimes is leading the fight to end premature birth, the No. 1 killer of babies, with a $75 million investment in five Prematurity Research Centers, including one in Chicago. March of Dimes also improves the health of Illinois moms and babies through community programs and advocacy work in Springfield. Learn more at marchofdimes.org/Illinois.

Misericordia
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
With a mission to assist children, individuals and families as they navigate through the lifelong impact of autism, Turning Pointe Autism Foundation was founded in 2007. Today, the prevalence of autism continues to increase and so do the needs for resources and services. Turning Pointe is dedicated to providing additional education, transition and life skills training with innovative programs and services for those who need it most.

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 Tumbling program has received national and international recognition.