Over the past 22 years, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity benefit has raised more than $36 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.
The 100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in Cook County 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.
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.
With 153 programs at 161 sites in Cook and Lake counties, Catholic Charities of Chicago is all about help and just about everywhere. Last year, Catholic Charities of Chicago served more than 1 million children, parents, veterans, seniors and individuals regardless of their religious tradition, ethnicity or social status, helping them through hard times.
With six major programs providing 30 types of direct client service, Catholic Charities compassionately provides help and creates hope for more than 35,000 people annually in DuPage, Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois counties.
Clearbrook is committed to being a leader in creating opportunities, services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Since the mid-1950s, Clearbrook has served more than 6,000 children and adults and their families in 14 counties throughout Chicago and the outlying suburbs and is the largest provider of home-based services in Illinois.
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.
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
Franciscan Community Benefit Services sponsors St. Jude House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children, while Madonna Foundation supports the catholic education of young urban women through programs and scholarships.
Franciscan St. James Health is a two- campus healthcare system with hospitals in Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights. The hospitals have experts 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.
The Ray Graham Association provides a multitude of supports and services for nearly 2,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities throughout DuPage County, empowering them to reach, grow and achieve. Services focus on four main pillars: residential, life skills, education, and family support.
Spina Bifida is the most common, permanently disabling birth defect in the U.S. The Illinois Spina Bifida Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families affected by Spina Bifida through direct services, information, referrals, research, and public awareness.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF works to improve the lives of all people affected by the disease by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago provides pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic support to treat more than 149,000 children annually.
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through programs of research, community service, 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 gives 21,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities the encouragement, training and year-round opportunities to reveal the champions within. Success gained on the field of competition transforms the lives of our proud athletes, as they bring the same confident and enthusiastic approach to their ambitions at home, at work and in the community.
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is a pathway to meaningful futures for individuals with Autism. We equip our students and their families using a 3-fold approach: a therapeutic day school which includes Autism Family Support Services, a residential initiative, and a Career College.
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 13,000 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. The Jesse White Community Center & Gymnasium, at 412 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, will open in mid-2014. The Center not only will serve as the home of the Tumblers, it will offer activities and services for all residents of the area, especially seniors.