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Name another event that mixes superlative food and drink and the elegance of formal dress . . . and a harmonica virtuoso? You'll get all that plus the inaugural viewing of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show at the benevolent gala, First Look for Charity.

Rock band Blues Traveler will enliven a show floor brimming with 1,000 new vehicles, some on display for the first time anywhere. Singer/harmonicist John Popper leads the quintet known for its extended jamming style in live performances. The band's best-known single, "Run-Around," was the longest-charting radio single ever in Billboard magazine.
A coordinated feast of food and drink tied to culinary celebrations adds to an evening that benefits 18 notable Chicago-area charities. And to top it all off, two attendees will win the keys to a 2012 Cadillac Escalade and a 2012 Cadillac SRX.

An icon among luxury SUVs, the Cadillac Escalade seats up to eight, with generous cargo room available when the third-row seat is removed. It is powered by a 6.2L V-8 engine rated at 403 horsepower. The Cadillac SRX, a fast-rising favorite among midsize luxury crossovers, is wrapped in the dramatic and signature Cadillac style that has pushed the brand back to the top of the world's luxury manufacturer ranks. The 2012 model features a new, more powerful 3.6L V-6 power train.

FLfCEighteen vital Chicago area charities will benefit from the more than $2 million expected to be raised by First Look for Charity. You can direct the proceeds from your ticket purchase to any or all of them. The charities include the following: 100 Club of Chicago, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, Children's Memorial Hospital, Clearbrook, The Cradle Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Franciscan Community Benefit Services, Franciscan St. James Health, Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, March of Dimes, Misericordia Heart of Mercy, Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Special Olympics Illinois, Spina Bifida Association of Illinois and Jesse White Tumbling Team.

Now in its 21st year, First Look for Charity appears prominently on the calendars of both socialites and car buffs. Abundant hors d'oeuvres, champagne, wine, soft drinks and desserts await at the nation's largest auto show.
To attend, visit http://firstlookforcharity.org or call (630) 495-2282. Escalade compliments of Cadillac. SRX compliments of Your Chicagoland Cadillac Dealers. Vehicle winners must be present at time of drawings.

 About the Chicago Auto Show: The Chicago Auto Show is the largest on the continent, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises nearly $2 million annually for 18 worthy Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2012 public show will be held from February 10-19, 2012.  For more information, visit www.chicagoautoshow.com or www.facebook.com/chicagoautoshow

About the Chicago Auto Show: The Chicago Auto Show is the largest on the continent, spanning over one million square feet of production, concept, and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises nearly $2 million annually for 18 worthy Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2012 public show will be held from February 10 - February 19, 2012.  For more information, visit www.chicagoautoshow.com or www.facebook.com/chicagoautoshow.

About the Chicago Auto Trade Association: 

  • Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) is the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. It is comprised of approximately 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ approximately 19,000 people in the metropolitan area.
  • CATA dealerships contribute to the state, county and city tax base with gross receipts of approximately $12.5 billion per dealership in new- and used-cars, parts and service. The extended impact of tax base contribution through CATA dealership employees make this group one of the largest and most influential tax constituencies in the city and state.
  • The CATA's mission is to promote and maintain honesty and dependability; employ truth and accuracy in dealer advertising; strive to constantly improve business methods and ethics; and maintain fair competition to serve both dealer and customer.
  • The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935.

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CONTACT:
Paul Brian
Director of Communications
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Auto Show
630.424.6069 Direct
630.495.2260 Fax
PaulBrian@DriveChicago.com (Business)

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