Chicago Automobile Trade Association

Auto show gala aiming for raise $3 million for 18 area nonprofits

January 26, 2018
Eighteen Chicago area charities will benefit from about $3 million expected to be raised by the black-tie gala held in conjunction with the 2018 Chicago Auto Show in February. Now in its 27th year, First Look for Charity is held the evening before the auto show opens to the public.
The coming "First Look" event, on Feb. 9, gives benefactors the chance to see the hundreds of new vehicles on display amid an elegance not present when about 1 million people converge on McCormick Place during the auto show’s 10-day consumer run, Feb. 10-19.
About 10,000 attendees at the charity gala will be treated to hors d’oeuvres; champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks; and special entertainment presented by the automakers in their displays.
Benefactors in attendance also have the chance to win one of two 2018 Ford vehicles: an Expedition or a Mustang GT Convertible. 
Tickets are $275 each and can be purchased at Ticket proceeds can be directed to benefit any or all of the charities, and $223 of each ticket is tax-deductible as a charitable donation.


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