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Catholic Charity of Joliet to benefit from $2.8 million

Thetimesweekly.com | 2/12/2020, 3:58 p.m.
Eighteen area charities tonight shared more than $2.8 million raised by the 2020 Chicago Auto Shows benevolent event, First Look ...
Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet

Eighteen area charities tonight shared more than $2.8 million raised by the 2020 Chicago Auto Shows benevolent event, First Look for Charity, and one attendee left with the keys to a new vehicle.

The black-tie benefit, which is held the evening before the auto show opens its 10-day public run, raised $2,812,016, boosting its total raised to more than $56 million over 29 years.

First Look for Charity is a great instrument for the areas new-car dealers to show the positive impact they have on their community, said Tony Guido, 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 years Chicago Auto Show. Tickets to the fundraiser are $275 each, and purchasers can elect to have their proceeds equally benefit all participating charities, or any one charity of their choosing. For the event, the auto show floor is replete with live entertainment and a variety of food and beverage stations.

A highlight of the evening was the drawing for the events grand prize, this year a 2020 Ford Explorer ST.

This years beneficiaries included the 100 Club of Chicago, Advocate Health Care, the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Also, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, Clearbrook, Franciscan Community Benefit Services, Habitat for Humanity, JDRF, Susan G. Komen Chicago, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Lydia Home & Safe Families for Children. And, Misericordia, New Star, Special Olympics Illinois, Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, and the Jesse White Tumbling Team.

The Explorer was compliments of Ford Motor Co. and the Chicagoland Ford Dealers Association.

The 2020 Chicago Auto Show runs from Feb. 8-17 and is open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the final day, Monday, Feb. 17, Presidents Day. For more information on the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com