There were about 7,200 people who attended First Look for Charity, helping to raise $1,701,012. They were also part of the premier viewing of the Chicago Auto Show.
"First Look for Charity is a great instrument for the area's new-car dealers to show the positive impact they have on their community," said John Phelan, 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."
Tickets to the fund-raiser are $225 each, and purchasers can elect to have their proceeds equally benefit all participating charities, or any one charity they wish.
"I've never won a vehicle before, but I'm also very lucky in love," the winner of the Chevy Equinox said. When asked if the Equinox is more likely to be driven by him or his wife, he said "What do you think?"
Available with either a 2.4L petrol unit or 3.0L V6 engine, the Equinox praises increased fuel efficiency of 32 mpg highway for the first choice or 25 mpg highway with the V6 engine.
Among the Equinox's interesting new features we mention the Rear-view Camera System, which makes it easier to park the car or back out on the driveway; Chevrolet Wi-Fi, which turns the car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot; and the Remote Vehicle Starter, which can start your car from 195 feet away and can also activate the climate control and optional heated seats, while keeping the car locked and immobilized.