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United Negro College Fund joins 'First Look'

November 24, 2010

The United Negro College Fund has been added as a charity that will benefit from ticket sales to First Look for Charity, the black-tie benefit of the annual Chicago Auto Show. The event in 2002 raised $1.8 million for 17 area organizations. First Look for Charity is held the evening before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public.

The coming charity event is Feb. 13; the 2003 show's public days are Feb. 14-23. The prize vehicle next year is a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The lucky patron in attendance who wins the car definitely will be the first on his block to own one; production on the '04 Grand Prix doesn't begin until the week of the event. Tickets to First Look for Charity are $175, and sales begin Oct. 1. Attendees can earmark their contributions to any one of the event's 17 participating charities, or a donation can be divided evenly among the organizations.

Officials for the United Negro College Fund, whose Midwest area office is in Chicago, said they would use the money they raise from First Look for Charity for local scholarships in the name of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.

Other participating charities: Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Alzheimer's Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Campagna Academy, Children's Memorial Hospital, The Cradle, and the Cure Autism Now Foundation. Also, Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities, Illinois Spina Bifida Association, Little City Foundation, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Misericordia Heart of Mercy Center, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.