Benefiting Charities

OVER THE PAST 29 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 18 LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS. HERE’S A LIST OF EACH CHARITY AND THE SERVICES THE PROVIDE.

Benefiting Charities

100 Club of Chicago
The 100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Club helps families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education. All federal, state, county and local police officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties are included.

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.

Bloomington-Normal YMCA
Established in 1855, the Bloomington-Normal YMCA is the oldest continually existing human service organization in McLean County. Serving more than 6,000 people annually, the YMCA is dedicated to instilling Christian principles through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. As a charitable, nonprofit organization, the Y seeks to establish programming in the community for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information, please visit www.bnymca.org.

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 20 club locations throughout Chicago, BGCC provides children and teens ages 6 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 700,000 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 sponsors St. Jude House and the Madonna Foundation. St. Jude House is a 40-bed shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Victims and their dependent children find a safe haven from abuse and receive the support needed to break the cycle of violence. The Madonna Foundation is the only one of its kind in the region. At-risk and underserved students in the Chicagoland area receive scholarships to all-girl Catholic high schools and participate in robust enrichment opportunities.

Glenwood Academy
Founded in 1887 by Oscar Dudley and Robert Todd Lincoln, Glenwood Academy is a nonprofit, private residential education community. 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 with 9 local affiliates across Chicagoland. The mission of Habitat is to ensure that everyone has a decent place to live.  We provide a hand up, not a hand out, to hard-working families with low incomes who are willing to partner with Habitat. The need in Chicagoland is critical: 1 in 7 households in Illinois spends more than half of their income on housing and over 1 million people in Chicagoland are homeless, at risk of foreclosure or living in inadequate housing. Studies have shown that Habitat homes create jobs, economic revitalization, independence from government assistance, increase to academic performance and improvement in overall health.

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 is recognized as one of the nation's leading communities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. On its 35-acre Chicago campus, Misericordia provides a network of programs and services and a continuum of residential care for 600 individuals from diverse racial, religious and economic backgrounds.

New Star
With decades 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 service area reaches those living in and around the Chicagoland area and northwest Indiana.

Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve greatness both on and off the field of competition. Their accomplishments in sports competition inspire them to seek new opportunities and challenges at home, at work and in the community.

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 Jesse White Tumblers provide a recreational, athletic, educational and cultural enrichment experience for the inner city, at-risk kids. The group has helped nearly 14,000 student athletes stand up against violence, drugs and gangs, and graduate from high schools and universities. Jesse White's Tumbling program has received national and international recognition.