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The Chicago Auto Show’s 29th annual First Look for Charity black-tie gala will take place on Friday, Feb. 7 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.

This year, the event is projected to raise more than $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 $53 million for Chicago-area beneficiaries.

“First Look for Charity is a tremendous effort put on by the area’s new-car dealers, demonstrating the positive impact that dealers have on their community,” said Tony Guido, Chicago Auto Show chairman. “The money that’s raised in Chicago stays in Chicago, as all the benefiting charities are involved locally.”

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

Additionally, one lucky attendee will walk away with keys to a brand-new 2020 Ford Explorer ST, compliments of Chicagoland’s Ford dealers.

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