Like everyone else, Chicagoans are feeling the economy’s sluggishness. Still, they dug deep for the Chicago Auto Show’s benevolent event, First Look for Charity, and raised more than $1.8 million for 18 participating nonprofits. And two attendees left with the keys to new vehicles.
More than 7,000 people attended this year’s First Look for Charity, helping to generate $1,856,025. The event was held the evening before the annual auto show opened 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 Mark Scarpelli, 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.”
A highlight of the evening this year was the drawing for two grand prize vehicles: a 2009 Kia Borrego and a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. This year’s event awarded the Borrego to John Almy, 23, of Long Grove; and 27-year-old Bosun Kim likely will be the first on her Des Plaines block with the new Camaro.
Both winners cited their new cars as the first prizes they’ve ever won. Proceeds of Almy’s ticket benefited The Cradle Foundation, and the Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities reaped the proceeds from Kim’s ticket. In all, 18 charities profited from the event.
Other organizations participating in the 2009 First Look for Charity included Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, Autism Speaks, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Campagna Academy, Cancer Health Alliance of Metropolitan Chicago, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Also, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet; Children’s Memorial Hospital, Clearbrook, Evans Scholars Foundation, and Franciscan Community Benefit Services.
And, Misericordia, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Spina Bifida Association of Illinois, and St. Coletta’s of Illinois Foundation.
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