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

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

CHICAGO (Jan. 19, 2018) – 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 FirstLookforCharity.org. 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.

For more details on First Look for Charity, please visit www.FirstLookforCharity.org. For more details on the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, please visit www.chicagoautoshow.com.   

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About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than 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 more than $2.5 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2018 public show is Feb. 10-19. For more information, visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com or www.Facebook.com/ChicagoAutoShow.

The 2018 Chicago Auto Show is officially sanctioned by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers. Founded in Paris in 1919, it is known as the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs.

About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation’s largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 20,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit www.CATA.info.

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