2010 NAIAS Gala Raised $2M+ for Children

The 2010 North American International Auto Show Charity Preview gala welcomed nearly 8,500 guests at the fundraising event this year, and managed to raise more than $2 million for 12 local children's charities. This year, ticket sales represent a more than 25 percent increase over tickets sold in 2009.

"In the past year the Motor City has overcome many challenges and as we embark on 2010, we need to build on the new directions, new beginnings and feelings that allow us to prevail," said 2010 NAIAS Chairman Doug Fox. "Tonight's event isn't just about the glitz and glamour of the attendees or the cars; it's about the thousands of children that need our help. And the generosity of all Charity Preview attendees is helping create unlimited potential for these kids, who are in fact our future."

Charity Preview attendees enjoyed both the many concept and production vehicles on display on the show floor, as well as the music of the Romantics. "We had a great band performing in the Romantics, but we had an equally great group of sponsors coming together to make music to the ears of thousands of local kids," added Fox.

Since 1989 the Charity Preview has raised more than $79 million for southeastern Michigan children's charities, with over $35 million raised in the last six years alone.

Benefiting charities include Barat Child and Family Services, a program of Matrix Human Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit, The Children's Center, Children's Services of the Northeast Guidance Center Assistance League, Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund, The Detroit Institute for Children, Easter Seals - Michigan, Judson Center, March of Dimes and Think Detroit PAL.

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