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Auto Show First Look Raises Money for 18 Charities

The annual benefit has raised more than $30 million in past years

Friday, Jan 28, 2011  |  Updated 1:45 PM CDT
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Auto Show First Look Raises Money for 18 Charities

About Last Night

Before the curtain raises on the latest, greatest autos at the annual Chicago Auto Show, socialites and car buffs gather Feb. 10 for a glitzy show preview at the annual First Look for Charity.

Historically held the first night of the Auto Show, the black-tie benefit gala of live music, worldly cuisine, raffles and, of course, auto show sneak peeks has raised more than $30 million for charities throughout the Chicago area. This year, 18 charities will benefit, including Autism Speaks and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.

Tickets for the event are $250 and come with an opportunity to win one of two new vehicles--a 2011 Honda CR-Z and a 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo. Also on tap for the evening is a dinner featuring food from New York City and Paris, as well as a concert headlined by KC and the Sunshine Band.

Attendees choose the charity or charities they want to benefit. Also, $203 is tax-deductible as a charitable donation.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Black tie attire is required. Purchase tickets at chicagoautoshow.com.

Want to snag entry to First Look for Charity? Keep an eye on NBCChicago.com for a chance to win two tickets (and a chance to win one of those new cars). 

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