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Chevrolet Camaro, Kia Borrego are ’09 First Look for Charity prizes

November 3, 2010

Eighteen Chicago area charities will benefit from more than $2 million expected to be raised by a black-tie gala held in conjunction with the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Now in its 18th year, First Look for Charity is held the evening before the auto show opens to the public.

The coming "First Look" event, on Feb. 12, gives benefactors the chance to see nearly 1,000 new vehicles on display amid an elegance not present when the multitude converge on McCormick Place during the auto show’s 10-day consumer run, Feb. 13-22.

Benefactors in attendance also have the chance to win a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro or a 2009 Kia Borrego.
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. First Look for Charity has become one of the special events on the winter schedules of Chicago socialites and car buffs.
"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," said Mark Scarpelli, chairman of the 2009 show. "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 receive all the proceeds from the event, and all those proceeds are used in their efforts in the Chicago area, Scarpelli said.
All the benefiting charities involved in this year’s First Look for Charity are listed in the pamphlet included with the print edition of this newsletter and on the Chicago Auto Show Web site, Benefactors should indicate which charity or charities they want their ticket purchase to benefit.
Tickets are $225 each and can be ordered using the enclosed pamphlet; on the auto show Web site; or by calling 708-237-6444. Of each ticket, $183 is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.
Favorable tuxedo rental rates have been secured through area Men’s Wearhouse and MW Tux outlets. Prices start at $69.99 for a jacket, shirt, vest and tie, pants, shoes and jewelry. Mention First Look for Charity when ordering.