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The Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity

On Thursday, February 10, 2010, the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks welcomed over 300 guests to the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity, which is one of Chicago’s largest single-day charity events.  Autism Speaks is proud to commemorate nine years as a charity partner of this highly regarded Chicago black-tie event.

 The Chicago Auto Show opened its doors to a select group of guests for a sneak preview the night before it opened to the public.  Guests of Autism Speaks enjoyed a special VIP reception, complete with hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine, sweets and good company.  Agatha DeFranco, this year’s event chair, acknowledged Mercedes as our single-largest contributor, in addition to recognizing Kim Wolf, who helped to launch this event in 2003 and chaired it for eight years running.  The black-tie affair allowed participants to peacefully stroll the show floor amid opulence not present during the public portion of the Chicago Auto Show.  Abundant hors d’oeuvres and drinks awaited those getting the first look at the more than 1,000 new vehicles – some on display for the first time anywhere at the Chicago Auto Show.

This year’s First Look for Charity has raised nearly $75,000 in support of Autism Speaks.  Congratulations to Agatha DeFranco on a job well done.

Check out more photos from the event!

Agatha and her date, her son, Johnny

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