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| April 16, 2015 | Parties National

The Party
An expansive showroom of the hottest luxury automobiles made a stunning backdrop for the 24th annual black-tie First Look for Charity. The aptly named affair allowed philanthropic guests to get a sneak peek at the cars on display in the 2015 Chicago Auto Show while helping to raise funds for 18 local charities.

The People
While around 9,500 guests flooded McCormick Place for the event, three guests took center stage later in the evening when they won the event’s grand prize—a brand-new vehicle. Joe Alexander, who attended supporting Misericordia, won a Ford Explorer, while Mike and Eileen Martens, who attended supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, won a Ford Fusion.

Best in Show
Guests had the opportunity to choose which of the charities received their donations or to have them split equally among the 18 local groups. And as it turns out, there was plenty to go around—the evening raised more than $2.5 million for the charities. Talk about revving up! –Photos by Kendall Karmanian and ThinkLeigh Photography



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