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Auto show's charity event raises $3 million

February 24, 2017
First Look for Charity, the benevolent event of the Chicago Auto Show, this month raised more than $3 million for the first time, and two attendees won new Lexus and Acura models.
The black-tie benefit raised about $3,035,000, the most in its 26 years. About 9,400 people attended First Look for Charity, 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 Mike McGrath Jr., 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 fundraiser are $275 each, and purchasers can elect to have their proceeds equally benefit all 18 of the participating charities, or any of those for which they have an affinity. For the event, the auto show floor is replete with live entertainment and a variety of elegant food and beverage stations.
Terry Miller, of Valparaiso, Ind., took the keys to a Lexus NX; and Carpentersville’s Shane McDaniel won an Acura TLX. Miller is a supporter of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and McDaniel directed the proceeds of his ticket purchase to Advocate Health Care.
Other participating nonprofits in 2017 included 100 Club of Chicago, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, Clearbrook, and the Cradle.
Also, Franciscan Community Benefit Services, Franciscan Health Olympia Fields/Chicago Heights, the Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities, JDRF, Susan G. Komen Chicago, and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
And, March of Dimes, Misericordia, Special Olympics Illinois, Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, and the Jesse White Tumbling Team.