Benefiting Charities

OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS, THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW’S FIRST LOOK FOR CHARITY BENEFIT HAS RAISED NEARLY $56 MILLION FOR LOCAL CHARITIES. ONE OF CHICAGO’S LARGEST SINGLE-DAY CHARITABLE EVENTS, FIRST LOOK, HAS BECOME THE PREMIER FUNDRAISER FOR MANY LOCAL CHARITIES. THIS YEAR, THE MONEY RAISED AT FIRST LOOK WILL BENEFIT 17 LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS. HERE’S A LIST OF EACH CHARITY AND THE SERVICES THE PROVIDE.

Benefiting Charities

100 Club of Illinois
The 100 Club of Illinois provides resources, several forms of financial support, access to training, and moral support to both the families of first responders killed in the line of duty and active duty first responders throughout the state of Illinois. All sworn federal, state, county and local first responders stationed in Illinois are included.

Advocate Health Care
Advocate Health Care is a faith-based nonprofit health system in Illinois, operating nearly 400 sites of care and 10 hospitals with two kids' campuses close to home and a team of 6,300 doctors. Advocate contributed $863 million in charitable care and services to communities across Illinois in 2020. In 2018, Advocate Health Care merged with Aurora Health Care of Wisconsin to form Advocate Aurora Health, one of the top 12 not-for-profit health systems in the country. 

ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter
The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter is proud to currently serve the ALS communities in Central Illinois, Greater Chicagoland, and Northern Illinois. We leave no stone unturned in search for the cure of this progressive neurodegenerative disease. Our mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Our vision is to create a world without ALS. Our Chapter provides premier programs for our ALS community, and there is no cost to individuals living with ALS and their families for any of the services we provide, which include home visits, support groups, equipment lending, and more.  We financially support six local ALS Multidisciplinary Clinics, tirelessly advocate for our patients, and fund cutting-edge research around the globe to find treatments and a cure for ALS.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Since 1902 Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago has provided a safe haven for children and teens during the most vulnerable part of their day: after school. BGCC's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Serving more than 20,000 young people each year at over 20 club locations throughout Chicago, BGCC provides children and teens ages 5 to 18 with the tools they need to become well-rounded, successful adults.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
With 144 programs at more than 280 sites in Cook and Lake Counties, Catholic Charities is all about help and just about everywhere. Last year, Catholic Charities served almost 500,000 children, parents, veterans, seniors and individuals regardless of religious tradition, ethnicity or social status, helping them through hard times.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet
For nearly 100 years, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet has been impacting the lives of the poor and vulnerable by offering a wide variety of programs and services. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted nearly 52,000 individuals of all faiths and beliefs in DuPage, Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois Counties. Programs include homeless shelters; emergency services; Head Start; aging and disability services; counseling; mobile food pantry; and veterans services.

Franciscan Community Benefit Services
Franciscan Community Benefit Services comprises St. Jude House and the Madonna Foundation. St. Jude House is a 40-bed shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their dependent children. It provides safe haven, support and comprehensive services to enable clients to recover from trauma, achieve self-sufficiency and break the cycle of violence. All services are provided free of charge. The Madonna Foundation serves at-risk and underserved teen girls, providing partial scholarships and robust college readiness programming to Madonna scholars at its all-girls Catholic partner high schools in the Chicagoland area.  

Glenwood Academy
Founded in 1887 by Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, Glenwood Academy is a comprehensive residential education program for boys and girls. More than a school, Glenwood is a place where students can find counseling services, one-on-one tutoring, extracurricular activities, and community. We serve over 650 children and family members each year. 100% of students are at or below the national poverty level and 92% come from single-parent households. Glenwood provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to good kids from challenging circumstances that have been hurt by the impacts of poverty, violence and failing educational systems, changing the trajectory of their lives through access to increased opportunity.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working throughout Chicagoland, across the United States and in 70 countries around the world. Habitat's vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We work toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat provides families and communities with a foundation for a strong future.

Susan G. Komen, Chicago
Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit in the country, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. We are working to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Through events like First Look for Charity, we have raised critical funds which have enabled Komen to investment in research, advocacy and patient support that has increased early detection and helped develop more effective treatments.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago provides superior pediatric care in a state of the art hospital that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. The hospital is ranked as one of the nation's top children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Lurie Children's relies on philanthropic support to fulfill its mission. Learn more at luriechildrens.org.

Lydia Home & Safe Families for Children
For more than 100 years, Lydia Home has provided compassion and care to vulnerable children. Through residential foster care and foster care placements, Lydia brings hope, healing and home to children in need. Safe Families for Children continues this tradition by surrounding families in crisis with caring, compassionate community to keep kids safe and families intact. Safe Families creates extended family-like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers.

Misericordia
Misericordia offers a community of care for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. On its 35-acre Chicago campus, Misericordia provides a network of programs and services and a continuum of residential care for more than 600 individuals from diverse racial, religious and economic backgrounds.

New Star
With more than 70 years of commitment serving children and adults impacted by mild to profound disabilities, New Star is passionate about helping more than 650 individuals create meaningful days, productive years, and, ultimately, more fulfilling lives. Our programs are driven by our passion for creating life-changing vocational, educational, therapeutic, and residential opportunities for those we serve living in and around the Chicagoland area and northwest Indiana.

Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,100 athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills, and encourage family and community support.

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
Established in 2007 to raise the quality of educational supports for children and young adults with autism, Turning Pointe Autism Foundation creates best practice learning environments increase independence, improve communication and socially appropriate behaviors. Turning Pointe relies on the partnership of volunteers, donors, school districts and Employment Partners to ensure sustainable and meaningful future for our mission and students.

Jesse White Tumbling Team
The internationally renowned Jesse White Tumbling Team was created in 1959 to provide a positive alternative for at-risk, inner-city youth. Members must follow founder and head Coach Jesse White's strict rules, which include staying away from gangs, drugs, and alcohol, as well as staying in school and maintaining a minimum C average in their academic work. With seven units, the Team consists of more than 150 members - male and female - as young as age 6. Since its inception, more than 18,500 young people have benefitted from the program.

 

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