Celebrity Sightings and Excitement on Tap for 2007 North American International Auto Show Charity Preview

DETROIT, Dec. 20, 2006; The 2007 North American International Auto Show's (NAIAS) annual black-tie Charity Preview ticket sales are on pace to raise over $6 million for Southeast Michigan children's charities. Since its inception, the NAIAS Charity Preview has generated nearly $64 million for children's charities in metro Detroit.

The 2007 Charity Preview will take place Friday, Jan. 12, at Cobo Center in Detroit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for the event are $400 each, of which $390 is tax-deductible. Tickets are going fast; for more information on the NAIAS 2007 Charity Preview or to purchase tickets call (888) 838-7500.

"Charity Preview is the highlight of the NAIAS each year and definitely an event you don't want to miss," said Robert Thibodeau, senior co-chairman for the NAIAS 2007. "Last year there were many delightful surprises including a performance by R&B singer Ashanti, but nothing beats the smiles that come from the children who will be helped by the funds raised. Get your tickets fast -- you don't want to miss this magical evening."

Each year, the Charity Preview and the NAIAS host many celebrities. In the past, celebrities like Steve Harvey, Kevin Bacon, Kid Rock, Celine Dion, Jay Leno, Veronica Webb, Tony Danza, and Jeff Daniels have attended the NAIAS. The potential parade of stars for NAIAS 2007 is sure to wow the crowds.

Charity Preview, however, is not just about celebrities. The sale of each Charity Preview ticket brings so much to local children. The purchase of a single Charity Preview ticket buys goods, clothing, and health and support services for many local kids.

"This is year is especially exciting because we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the DADA," said Carl Galeana, co-chairman for the NAIAS 2007. "We've had 900 new ticket sales to the Charity Preview this year, which shows us that despite the economic climate people are still excited and anxious to see all that the NAIAS has to offer and to support hundreds of children across metro Detroit."

Beneficiaries of the Charity Preview include: Barat Child and Family Services; Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan; Boys Hope-Girls Hope of Detroit; The Children's Center; Children's Homes of Judson Center; Children's Services of Northeast Guidance Center Assistance League; The Detroit Institute for Children; ThinkDetroit PAL (Police Athletic League); Easter Seals -- Michigan; March of Dimes; and the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

100th Anniversary

In 2007, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) will celebrate the centennial of its successful association with the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Since its inception in 1907, the show has grown from a regional event featuring 17 exhibitors to an internationally-sanctioned show with over 90 exhibitors, adding more than $500 million to the metro Detroit region last year alone. With the support of Detroit area auto dealers the NAIAS features more new vehicle debuts and garners more media coverage than any show in North America.

NAIAS 2007 Official Dates

Press Preview Days will be held Sunday, Jan. 7 through Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Industry Preview Days will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10 and Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007. The Charity Preview will be held Friday evening, Jan. 12, 2007. Public Days are Saturday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007.

  The North American International Auto Show
  Rod Alberts - Executive Director

Entering its 19th year as an international event, the North American International Auto Show is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world and is one of the largest media events in North America. The NAIAS is 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. The NAIAS Web site Detroit, where the drive, design and desire for cars is!

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