The public gets its first glimpse of each year’s Chicago Auto Show at First Look for Charity, the black-tie benevolent event held the evening before the doors officially open. The event benefits 18 area charities and routinely raises more than $2.5 million, making it among Chicago’s most successful single-day fund-raisers. That’s no little feat in a city where black-tie benefits are going on weekly throughout the year.
At the coming First Look, three lucky attendees will be handed the keys to 2008 vehicles: a Hyundai Veracruz, Toyota Corolla and Scion xD.
Benefactors can direct their ticket purchases to benefit all of the participating charities equally, or, if they have an affinity for a particular organization or more, to those charities specifically. Tickets are $225 each and can be purchased at www.ChicagoAutoShow.com or 708-237-6444.
Participating charities, in alphabetical order, are Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital; Autism Speaks; Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago; Campagna Academy; Cancer Health Alliance of Metropolitan Chicago; Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago; and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet.
Also, Children’s Memorial Hospital; Clearbrook; The Cradle Foundation; Franciscan Community Benefit Services; Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities; Ronald McDonald House Charities; Misericordia Heart of Mercy; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago; Spina Bifida Association of Illinois; and St. Coletta’s Foundation of Illinois.
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