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DETROIT (WWJ) – A banner night for the Auto Show’s Charity Preview which raised millions of dollars for children’s charities Friday night.
Regarded as the largest single night fundraiser in the world, the event raised $3,920,700 for nine different children’s charities, and for the 13,069 people who attended the 2013 North American International Auto Show Charity Preview, an evening of glitz, glamour, gorgeous gowns and beautiful cars.
“I’m tired and my feet are sore, but I am thrilled that the people of Detroit and Southeast Michigan have once again opened their hearts for our kids,” said Jim Seavitt, chairman, NAIAS 2013. “I have seen, from personal experience, the benefits that these funds provide, and I couldn’t be prouder to be part of one of the greatest events which provides us the opportunity to do so much for so many.”
The 2013 tally represents more than a 30 percent increase in funds raised over 2012 – the highest amount since 2008.
Charities benefiting from the event include Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Boys and Girls Hope Detroit, Children’s Center, The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, The Detroit Institute of Children, Judson Center, March of Dimes Metro Detroit, and Think Detroit PAL.