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Charities raise nearly $3 million at auto show gala

February 21, 2020
The Chicago Auto Show’s black-tie benefit, held the evening before the show’s public opening, raised $2.9 million for 18 vital area nonprofits, with results still being counted.
A highlight of First Look for Charity was the drawing for the event’s grand prize, this year a 2020 Ford Explorer ST. After the five-minute allowance for a winner to match the first ticket stub drawn expired, Mychel Watts of Calumet Park, in south suburban Cook County, screamed that she’d matched the second number even before the countdown clock began ticking.
Watts directed the proceeds of her $275 ticket purchase to benefit all the event’s charities.