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Auto show's 'First Look' gala is Feb. 10

November 18, 2010
A Chevrolet Corvette convertible, a finalist for the 2005 North American Car of the Year award, is just $200 away for someone who attends this year's First Look for Charity. But everyone who attends will feel like a winner. The black-tie gala on Feb. 10, held the evening before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public, directly benefits 19 important Chicago area charities. Last year, the event raised more than $2.4 million. First Look for Charity, now in its 14th year, is a unique and elegant way to peruse the nation's largest auto show before the throngs enter with their elbows aflyin'. About 15,000 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 (1) using the pamphlet included with this newsletter, (2) or (3) by calling 630-424-1636. For corporate benefactor packages, call the CATA's Erik Higgins at 630-424-6008. Purchasers can designate ticket proceeds to benefit any or all of the participating charities. Benefiting charities this year include Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, Alzheimer's Association, 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, Children's Memorial Hospital, Clearbrook, The Cradle, Cure Autism Now Foundation, Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation, and Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities. And, Illinois Spina Bifida Association, Little City Foundation, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Misericordia Heart of Mercy, and National Mul- tiple Sclerosis Society. The loaded Corvette, worth more than $57,000, is compliments of Chevrolet Motor Division and the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana Chevy dealers.