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2019 First Look for Charity Projected to Raise $2.5 Million for 18 Chicagoland Charities


The Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity black-tie gala will take place on Friday, Feb. 8 from 7-11 p.m. at McCormick Place. Held the evening before the nation’s largest auto show opens to the public, First Look for Charity offers car buffs and socialites alike the first chance to see the industry’s latest cars, trucks and SUVs while sampling fine fare and crafted cocktails from area restaurants and caterers. Now in its 28th year, the 2019 event is projected to raise $2.5 million for 18 local charities that make a tremendous impact in their communities. Since its inception, this benevolent fundraiser has generated more than $50 million for Chicago-area beneficiaries.

“Whether it’s providing programs to help our youth and seniors, supporting families of those lost in the line of duty, assisting those with special needs or life-threatening diseases, or helping fund much-needed medical research, First Look for Charity continues to stand as the city’s greatest single-day fundraiser,” said First Look for Charity Chairman JC Phelan. “Because of the financial assistance and support from First Look for Charity, these charitable organizations are able to make an amazing impact on so many throughout Chicagoland.”

The 2019 beneficiaries include: 100 Club of Chicago; Advocate Health Care; Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago; Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet; Clearbrook; The Cradle; Franciscan Community Benefit Services; JDRF; Susan G. Komen-Chicago; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Lydia Home & Safe Families for Children; March of Dimes; Misericordia; New Star; Special Olympics Illinois; Turning Pointe Autism Foundation; and Jesse White Tumbling Team.

In addition to being among the first to see the Chicago Auto Show, benefactors in attendance will also have the opportunity to win one of two vehicles: a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer or a 2019 Jeep Compass. The Blazer is compliments of Chevrolet and the Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers and the Compass is compliments of FCA U.S. LLC. The winners must be present at the time of the drawings.

Tickets to the gala are $275 and may be purchased in advance at

For more details on First Look for Charity, please visit For more information on the 2019 Chicago Auto Show (Feb. 9-18), please visit, or watch this promotional video.

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