2014 Chicago Auto Show Gala Expected to Generate $2 million for Charity

Now in its 23rd year, First Look for Charity is held the evening before the auto show opens to the public. Eighteen Chicago area charities will benefit from more than $2 million expected to be raised by a black-tie gala held in conjunction with the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in February.

Attendees at the charity gala, held on the evening of Feb. 7, will be treated to hors d’oeuvres; champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks; and special entertainment presented by the automakers in their displays. First Look for Charity has become one of the special events on the winter schedules of Chicago socialites and car buffs.

Benefactors in attendance also have the chance to win a 2014 Toyota Highlander and a 2014 Toyota Corolla, both compliments of Toyota and your Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Toyota dealers.

“The Chicago Auto Show is uniformly regarded as the finest auto show in the country, but the charitable cause demonstrates that this auto show is about more than just vehicles and accessories,” said Kurt Schiele, chairman of the 2014 show. “It’s also about giving something to the charities of our community.”

The 18 organizations participating in this year’s First Look for Charity predominantly are children-oriented. Some operate on a global level; others, locally. The charities receive all the proceeds from the event, and all those proceeds are used in their efforts in the Chicago area, Schiele said.

Charities involved in the 23rd annual First Look for Charity are 100 Club of Chicago, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, Clearbrook, The Cradle, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Also, Franciscan Community Benefit Services, Franciscan St. James Health, the Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities, Illinois Spina Bifida Association, JDRF, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, March of Dimes, Misericordia, Special Olympics Illinois, Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, and the Jesse White Tumbling Team.

Tickets to the event are $250 each and can be ordered by telephone at (630) 495-2282 or online at FirstLookforcharity.org. Benefactors should indicate which charity or charities they want their donation to benefit. Of each ticket, $198 is tax-deductible as a charitable expense.

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