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Spirit of Giving Shines Brightly in Detroit
$5.2 Million Raised for Children at NAIAS Charity Preview

DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- America's Comeback City held nothing back tonight as $5.2 million was raised for children's charities at the 2016 North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview at Detroit's Cobo Center.


Tonight's number brings a grand total of more than $105.2 million raised for Southeastern Michigan children's charities since Charity Preview was established by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association in 1976. More than $48 million off those funds was raised in the last 10 years alone.

A highly energized auto industry – fresh off an incredible week of more than 50 worldwide and North American product unveilings – joined together with a revived Detroit community at the largest single-night fundraiser in the world. In all, some 13,075 people attended the premier black tie gala, presented by Axalta Coating Systems.

NAIAS Chairman Paul Sabatini said that the Charity Preview culminated an amazing week in Detroit.

"This week we celebrated the brilliance of the auto industry; tonight we celebrated the heart of the auto industry," said Sabatini. "That Charity Preview was established by a group of Detroit-area auto dealers, and has grown to one of the most high-profile events in the nation, makes it even more special to me."

Proceeds from Charity Preview directly benefit a wide range of children's charities, supporting services for children of all ages, from birth to 18. Beneficiaries of the Charity Preview include: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, The Children's Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Judson Center, Detroit PAL, March of Dimes, and the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

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About the North American International Auto Show
Now in its 28th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place. Administered by Executive Director Rod Alberts, the NAIAS is one of the largest media events in North America, and the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. For more information, visit

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Show Dates
Public Show: Sat-Sun, Jan. 16-24, 2016

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