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Auto show gala expected to raise $3 million for 18 area charities

January 11, 2019
Eighteen Chicago area charities will benefit from about $3 million expected to be raised by a black-tie gala held on the eve of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
The coming First Look for Charity event, on Feb. 8, gives benefactors the chance to see about 1,000 new vehicles on display amid an elegance not present when more than 1 million people converge on McCormick Place during the auto show’s 10-day consumer run, Feb. 9-18. 
Benefactors also have the chance to win one of two 2019 vehicles: a Chevrolet Blazer or a Jeep Compass.
About 9,000 attendees at the charity gala will be treated to heavy hors d’oeuvres; champagne, spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks; and special entertainment presented by the automakers in their displays.
First Look for Charity has become one of the special events on the winter schedules of Chicago socialites and car buffs, said Ray Scarpelli Jr., chairman of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
"The Chicago Auto Show is uniformly regarded as the finest auto show in the country, but the charitable cause demonstrates that this auto show is about more than just vehicles and accessories," he said. "It’s also about giving something to the charities of our community." 
The 18 organizations participating in this year’s First Look for Charity predominantly are children-oriented. Some operate on a global level; others, locally. The charities use the proceeds they raise from the event in their efforts in the Chicago area, Scarpelli said. 
Charities involved in the 28th annual First Look for Charity are the 100 Club of Chicago, Advocate Health Care, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet.
Also, Clearbrook, The Cradle, Franciscan Community Benefit Services, JDRF, Susan G. Komen-Chicago, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Lydia Home & Safe Families for Children.
And, March of Dimes, Misericordia, New Star, Special Olympics Illinois, Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, and the Jesse White Tumbling Team.
 Tickets to the event are $275 each and can be ordered at or by calling (630) 495-2282. 
Benefactors should indicate which charity or charities they want their donation to benefit. Of each ticket, $226 is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. 
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