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Nissan Murano, Infiniti G35 are prizes at ‘First Look’ on Feb. 9

November 18, 2010

Nineteen Chicago area charities will benefit from more than $2.5 million expected to be raised by the 2006 Chicago Auto Show’s black-tie gala, and two lucky attendees will leave with the keys to new vehicles. 

But everyone who attends First Look for Charity on Feb. 9 will feel like a winner. The gala is the night before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public. Last year, the event raised nearly $2.7 million.


First Look for Charity, now in its 15th 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. 

Tickets are $200 each and can be ordered (1) using the pamphlet included with this newsletter, (2) at or (3) by calling 630-424-1636. For packages of 25 or more tickets, call the CATA’s Erik Higgins at 630-424-6008. 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; Alzheimer’s Association; American Lung Association of Metropolitan 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; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet; 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; March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; Ronald McDonald House Charities; Misericordia Heart of Mercy; and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

"The Chicago Auto Show is uniformly regarded as the finest auto show in the country," said 2006 show Chairman Arthur Kelly. "But the benevolent cause demonstrates that this auto show is also about giving to the charities of our community."


The G35 is compliments of Nissan North America, Inc., Infiniti Division, and Chicagoland Infiniti dealers. The Murano is compliments of Nissan North America, Inc., and Chicagoland and northwest Indiana Nissan dealers. Vehicle winners must be present.