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Chicago Auto Show First Look for Charity gala Friday night

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The Chicago Auto Show officially opens to the public on Saturday, but Friday night is the First Look for Charity. (WLS)

The Chicago Auto Show officially opens to the public on Saturday, but Friday night is the First Look for Charity. The annual special event raises millions of dollars for 18 charities in the Chicagoland area.

Chicago auto dealers make it one of the biggest charitable nights of the year, raising at least $3 million. At $275 per ticket, it all goes to any number of good causes.

The charities represented are both large and small including the 100 Club of Chicago, Advocate Health Care and the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago.

"It's great for advocate because we can invite our donors, friends and family to come to this event. It's just a fun event, they can come see the auto show before everybody," said Sarah Scroggins, Advocate Health Care.

"I'm a car collector and I collect cars and I like to see what's new for my collection, and I'm here to support some of the charities as well," said Elliot Edwards, guest of the Chicago Boys and Girls Club.

Edwards was joined by thousands in black tie, taking in the nearly 1,000 vehicles on display while enjoying tasting menus from some of Chicago's best restaurants.

A highlight of the night was giving away two brand new Ford cars, also courtesy of the Chicago Auto Trade Dealers Association.

First Look for Charity has raised close to $48 million over the last 26 years, every dollar aimed at a good cause.

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