More than 400 guests attended the 2010 First Look for Charity event in support of Advocate Hope Children's Hospital on February 11. The benevolent black-tie affair is the Chicago Auto Show's largest single-day festivity, which supports 18 area 'Windy City' charities.
Held at Chicago's McCormick Place, guests were treated to a 'Taste of Mardi Gras' filled with food, music and an opulent backstage pass to preview more than 1,000 new vehicles-some on display for the very first time anywhere in the world.
Overall, the event raised nearly $110,000 to support a five-bed expansion at Hope Children's Hospital. "As a 69-bed hospital, Hope consistently operates at capacity and with the recent addition of four new general surgeons, a neurosurgeon and a full orthopedic team, we are now positioned to provide even more specialized care to meet the needs of the growing pediatric population in the Southland," said Anedra Kerr, vice president of development at Hope Children's Hospital.
Last year's First Look for Charity event raised more than $100,000 to support special programs at Hope, including a new collaboration with the Snow City Arts Foundation, a youth program exclusively focused on providing arts education within a hospital setting. The partnership offers children a unique opportunity to engage in creative writing, music and visual arts during their hospital stay.
"With the current state of the economy support from events like First Look for Charity are paramount," said Kerr. "Next year new charities will get an opportunity to benefit from this awesome venue and we are going to miss it. We are extremely grateful to the Chicago Automobile Trade Association for its unwavering dedication to all the Chicago area charities, as well as, the donors whose enormous generosity continue to help us provide the most cutting-edge medical technology and care available to our patients." 3
About Advocate Hope Children's Hospital
Located on the campus of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Hope Children's Hospital opened in 1996 with a vision: to provide state-of-the-art pediatric care to children throughout the region and Midwest. Since then, the hospital has grown to include more than 150 pediatricians. Many of the hospital's faculty is nationally noted in such fields as cancer care, particularly childhood leukemia; pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, treatment of high-risk infants, endocrinology and general surgery. The 69-bed hospital also is internationally noted for pioneering advances in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric heart disease. Hope Children's Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, recognized as one of the leading national health care networks. For more information about Hope Children's Hospital visit www.advocatehealth.com/hope