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$2.6 million raised, 2 vehicles awarded at First Look for Charity

November 18, 2010

Nineteen area charities shared in more than $2.6 million raised by the Chicago Auto Show’s benevolent event, First Look for Charity, and two attendees left with the keys to new Nissan Murano and Infiniti G35 vehicles. 

The amount raised, $2.68 million, and the 13,000 tickets sold both were record figures for the 15-year-old black-tie benefit, which is held the evening before the auto show opens its 10-day public run.


"First Look for Charity is a great instrument for the area’s new-car dealers to show the positive impact they have on their community," said Arthur Kelly, chairman of this year’s auto show. "All the benefiting charities are involved locally, so the money that’s raised in Chicago stays in Chicago." 

As the name of the event implies, those who attend First Look for Charity are part of the premier viewing of each year's Chicago Auto Show. Tickets to the fund-raiser are $200 each, and purchasers can elect to have their proceeds equally benefit all participating charities, or any one charity for which they have an affinity. For the event, the auto show floor is replete with a variety of food and beverage stations.


A highlight of the evening this year was the drawing for two grand prize vehicles: a 2006 Infiniti G35 coupe and a 2006 Nissan Murano. This year's event awarded the G35 to Nolan Erdman, 23, of DeKalb; and the Murano to Eric Stevenson, 26, of Addison.


The G35 came compliments of Nissan North America, Inc., Infiniti Division, and Chicagoland Infiniti dealers. The Murano was donated by Nissan North America, Inc., and Chicagoland & northwest Indiana Nissan dealers.


Nancy O'Dell, who hosts the syndicated "Access Hollywood," matched Erdman's and Stevenson's admission ticket numbers in the drawings to win the vehicles. O'Dell asked Erdman if he has a girlfriend. "No, I don't," he said, "but I might have one now."


Stevenson suggested that his co-workers at Jewel-Osco wouldn't get a look in the morning at his prize vehicle. "Actually, I think I'll take the day off," Stevenson said.