First Look for Charity Offers Auto Show’s First Glimpse to Public

First Look for Charity, the benevolent event of the Chicago Auto Show, marks its 16th edition in 2007, after debuting in 1992.  Supporters who’ve witnessed them all have seen $21 million raised and awarded to deserving nonprofits in the Chicago area, including more than $2 million each of the last three years.

If those supporters have grown over the years as much as the event, they’ve got some pretty snug tuxedos. First Look for Charity stands as one of Chicago’s largest single-day fund-raisers. Show organizers expect to welcome more than 12,000 benefactors this year. The show’s 10 public days average more than 100,000 people a day, so if there is such a thing as an “intimate” crowd of 12,000, this is it.

And three supporters in attendance will win one of the 2007 edition’s three prize vehicles: a GMC Acadia, a Hyundai Azera and a Volkswagen GTI.

The all-new Acadia is GMC’s first crossover SUV, offering seating for up to eight and combining the capability of an SUV and agile, car-like driving attributes. Acadia is powered by GM’s 3.6L V-6 engine and is available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models.

First unveiled for the 2006 model year, the 2007 Azera returns with even more luxury and safety features, to further define how consumers think about premium sedans. With the perfect combination of comfort, room and power, the Azera delivers on Hyundai’s promise of superior safety and value.

The 2007 GTI combines the model’s traditional styling cues with decidedly modern, cutting edge technology and performance.  The result is a modern classic offering a complete package of performance, comfort and safety, destined to reclaim the GTI’s rightful spot at the top of the sport compact pecking order.

Money from ticket purchases can benefit all 19 participating charities equally, or, if the purchaser has an affinity for one or more of them, to specific entities.

Tickets are $200 each and can be purchased at www.chicagoautoshow.com/firstlook or 630-424-1636.

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