DETROIT (WXYZ) — More than $4 million has been raised for children's charities at this year's North American International Auto Show, which marked its final January event on Friday.
A total of 10,072 people attended the black-tie gala and raised approximately $4,028,800, while marking the end of an era as the auto show will move to June in 2020.
The Charity Preview is in its 43rd year, and has raised over $121 million for southeastern Michigan children's charities since the Detroit Auto Dealers Association started the gala.
“The Charity Preview event will continue to be a key part of our show going forward," said 2019 NAIAS Chairman Bill Golling when he announced the total monies raised. "We’ll capitalize on the warm weather in June, perhaps with riverfront activities and outdoor activities.”
The Charity Preview will take place Friday, June 12, 2020. According to a release, with the re-imagined show, exhibits will deliver experiential opportunities beyond the show's four walls while expanding into a "revitalized and re-energized Detroit."
Beneficiaries of the 2019 NAIAS Charity Preview include:
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan
• Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit
• Children’s Center
• The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
• The Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
• Detroit PAL
• Judson Center
• March of Dimes Metro Detroit
The annual Charity Preview is the largest single-night fundraiser in the world.