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2018 First Look for Charity Gala Projected to Raise $3 Million for 18 Local Charities

As it enters its 27th year, First Look for Charity has helped raise nearly $48 million for Chicago-area charities. The black-tie gala will be 7 - 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9.

Tickets are $275 and are available at Attendees at the charity gala will be treated to complimentary hors d'oeuvres; champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks; and special entertainment presented by the automakers in their displays.

Benefactors in attendance also have the chance to win a new 2018 Ford Mustang or 2018 Expedition, both compliments of Ford and the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana Ford dealers.

"The Chicago Auto Show is uniformly regarded as one of the finest auto shows in the nation, but the charitable cause demonstrates that this auto show is about more than just vehicles and accessories," said John Hennessy, chairman of the 2018 show. "It's also about giving something back to the 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 use the proceeds they receive in their efforts in the Chicago area.

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