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First Look for charity touts 3 prize vehicles, lots o’ shrimp

November 3, 2010

Eighteen Chicago area charities will benefit from more than $2.5 million expected to be raised by the 2008 Chicago Auto Show’s black-tie gala, and three attendees will leave with new vehicles.

But everyone who attends First Look for Charity on Feb. 7 will feel like a winner. The gala is the night before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public. Last year, the event raised more than $2.8 million.

First Look for Charity, now in its 17th year, is a unique and elegant way to peruse the nation’s largest auto show before the throngs enter with their elbows a-flyin’. About 13,000 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.

This year’s prize vehicles include a 2009 Toyota Corolla, a 2008 Scion xD, and a 2008 Hyundai Veracruz.

Tickets are $225 each and can be ordered at, or by calling 708-237-6444. For packages of 25 or more tickets, call the CATA’s Erik Higgins at 630-424-6008. All purchasers can designate their ticket proceeds to benefit any or all of the participating charities.

Benefiting charities this year include Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital; Autism Speaks; Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago; Campagna Academy; Cancer Health Alliance of Metropolitan Chicago; and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Also, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet; Children’s Memorial Hospital; Clearbrook; The Cradle Foundation; Franciscan Community Benefit Services; Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities; and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

And, Misericordia Heart of Mercy; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago; Spina Bifida Association of Illinois; and St. Coletta’s of Illinois Foundation.

The Corolla and the xD are compliments of Toyota and your Chicagoland Toyota dealers. The Verazcruz is compliments of Hyundai Motor America and Chicagoland and northwest Indiana Hyundai dealers.

Vehicle winners must be present.