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3 vehicle prizes a highlight at Chicago Auto Show’s Feb. 8 ‘First Look’

November 17, 2010

Nineteen Chicago area charities will benefit from more than $2.5 million expected to be raised by the 2007 Chicago Auto Show’s black-tie gala, and three lucky attendees will leave with new vehicles.


But everyone who attends First Look for Charity on Feb. 8 will feel like a winner. The gala is the night before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public. Last year, the event raised nearly $2.7 million. 

First Look for Charity, now in its 16th year, is a unique and elegant way to peruse the nation’s largest auto show before the throngs enter with their elbows a-flyin’. About 13,000 people are expected to attend First Look for Charity, a fraction compared to an average daily attendance during the show’s 10 public days. First Look for Charity attendees are treated to a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres; champagne, wine and soft drinks.


Tickets are $200 each and can be ordered at, or by calling 630-424-1636. For packages of 25 or more tickets, call theCATA’s Erik Higgins at 630-424-6008. All purchasers can designate their ticket proceeds to benefit any or all of the participating charities. 

Benefiting charities this year include Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital; American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago; Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago; Campagna Academy; and Cancer Health Alliance of Metropolitan Chicago.


Also, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet; Children’s Memorial Hospital; Clearbrook; The Cradle Foundation;Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America; Cure Autism Now Foundation; Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation; Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities; and Illinois Spina Bifida Association.


And, Ronald McDonald House Charities; Misericordia Heart of Mercy; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; and St. Coletta’s of Illinois Foundation. 

The Acadia is compliments of General Motors, GMC Division, and Chicagoland and northwest Indiana GMC dealers; Azera compliments of Hyundai Motor America and Chicagoland and northwest Indiana Hyundai dealers; and GTI compliments of Chicagoland Volkswagen dealers.


Vehicle winners must be present.