CHICAGO (Feb. 4, 2020) – The Chicago Auto Show’s 29th annual First Look for Charity black-tie gala will take place on Friday, Feb. 7 from 7-11 p.m. at McCormick Place. Held the evening before the nation’s largest auto show opens to the public, First Look for Charity offers car buffs and socialites alike the first chance to see the industry’s latest cars, trucks and SUVs while sampling fine fare and crafted cocktails from area restaurants and caterers.
This year, the event is projected to raise more than $2.5 million for 18 local charities that make a tremendous impact in their communities. Since its inception, this benevolent fundraiser has generated more than $53 million for Chicago-area beneficiaries.
“First Look for Charity is a tremendous effort put on by the area’s new-car dealers, demonstrating the positive impact that dealers have on their community,” said Tony Guido, Chicago Auto Show chairman. “The money that’s raised in Chicago stays in Chicago, as all the benefiting charities are involved locally.”
This year’s beneficiaries include: 100 Club of Chicago; Advocate Health Care; ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter; Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago; Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet; Clearbrook; Franciscan Community Benefit Services; Habitat for Humanity; JDRF; Susan G. Komen Chicago; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Lydia Home & Safe Families for Children; Misericordia; New Star; Special Olympics Illinois; Turning Pointe Autism Foundation; and Jesse White Tumbling Team.
Additionally, one lucky attendee will walk away with keys to a brand-new 2020 Ford Explorer ST, compliments of Chicagoland’s Ford dealers.
Tickets and more information can be found at FirstLookforCharity.org. High resolution photos and b-roll from last year’s gala can be found in the show’s Online Newsroom. For more information on the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, please visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com. or watch this promotional video.
About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity raises more than $2.5 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2020 public show is Feb. 8-17. For more information, visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com or www.Facebook.com/ChicagoAutoShow.
About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation’s largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit www.CATA.info.