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First Look for Charity raises $2.68 million

November 22, 2010
Nineteen area charities shared in more than $2.6 million raised by the 2005 Chicago Auto Show's benevolent event, First Look for Charity, and one attendee won the keys to a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The winner, Jack Wood, displayed benevolence of his own by donating the $57,000 car to charity, to raffle off for additional funds. Wood works for Wellness Place, a Palatine-based cancer support agency that is part of the Cancer Health Alliance of Metropolitan Chicago, one of the evening's 19 benefiting organizations. The $2.68 million raised by the Feb. 10 event was a record for the 14-yearold black-tie benefit, 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 Casey Wickstrom, 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 fund-raiser are $200 each, and purchasers can elect to have their proceeds benefit any or all of the participating charities. For the event, the auto show floor is replete with a variety of food and beverage stations. A highlight of the evening is the drawing for a new vehicle, the event's grand prize.