Chicago Auto Show charity benefit raises $2.8 million

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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
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CHICAGO (Feb. 8)-Nineteen area charities tonight shared in more than $2.8 million raised by the 2007 Chicago Auto Show's benevolent event, First Look for Charity, and three attendees left with the keys to new vehicles.

Nearly 12,000 people attended First Look for Charity, helping to raise $2,816,358. The event is held the evening before the annual auto show opens its 10-day public run.

"First Look for Charity is a great instrument for the area's new-car dealers to show the positive impact they have on their community," said Terry D'Arcy, chairman of this year's auto show. "All the benefiting charities are involved locally, so the money that's raised in Chicago stays in Chicago."

As the name of the event implies, those who attend First Look for Charity are part of the premier viewing of each year's Chicago Auto Show. Tickets to the fund-raiser are $200 each, and purchasers can elect to have their proceeds equally benefit all participating charities, or any one charity for which they have an affinity. For the event, the auto show floor is replete with a variety of food and beverage stations.

A highlight of the evening this year was the drawing for three 2007 grand prize vehicles: a GMC Acadia, a Hyundai Azera and a Volkswagen GTI. This year's event awarded the Acadia to Jeff Krause of Bolingbrook; the Azera to Carla Seidel of Lake Forest; and the GTI to Daryl Del Sasso of Plainfield.

Proceeds from Krause's ticket purchase benefited Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation, Misericordia Heart of Mercy reaped the proceeds from Seidel's ticket purchase, and Del Sasso purchased his ticket from Clearbrook. In all, 19 charities profited from the event.

Other organizations participating in the 2007 First Look for Charity included Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Campagna Academy, Cancer Health Alliance of Metropolitan Chicago, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

And, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet; Children's Memorial Hospital, The Cradle Foundation, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Cure Autism Now Foundation, and the Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities.

Also, Illinois Spina Bifida Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and St. Coletta's of Illinois Foundation.

The 2007 Chicago Auto Show runs Feb. 9-18. See www.chicagoautoshow.com for details.

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