Habitat Hero Award Dinner

It's Time to Celebrate!

The annual Habitat Hero Award Dinner celebrates and recognizes the significant contributions of corporate leaders and distinctive individuals who share a passion for Habitat’s mission.

Please join us at the iconic Four Seasons Hotel Chicago for an elegant evening of good food and drink, excellent company, and inspiration as we celebrate this year’s Habitat Heroes!

Meet our 2023 Honorees

The Home Depot Foundation

Wesco International

2023 Co-Chairs

Melissa Dorko

Managing Director,
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Ted Dosch

Executive VP & Chief Transformation Officer, Wesco International (Retired)

John J. Engel

Chairman, President & CEO,
Wesco International

2023 Emcee

Micah Materre

Anchor, WGN Chicago

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Region Builders

Edwardson Family Foundation

Community Builders

Ted & Ann

Chris & Carmela

Neighborhood Builders

Aaron & Mona

Home Builders

Steve & Cindy Cruise
The Eck Family Foundation
Paul & Mary Finnegan
The Galvin Family Charitable Fund
Bill & Anne Marie Geary
Chuck & Judy Murphy
Ashlee & Nathan Pforr
Scott & Angel Ramsbottom
Anthony & Leslie Scattone

Family Builders

Melissa & Alex Dorko
Tony & Karin Gambell
Martina Keller & Don McLellan
Chris Kempa
Kim & George King
Kevin & Abigail Laczkowski
Nicor Gas
Asutosh Padhi

Ric & Kathleen Phillips
Srinivas & Ashwini Ramadath
Kevin & Michelle Sachs
Julie & Brian Simmons
Rod & Denise Smith Charitable Fund
Bill & Carol Standish
United Airlines
Chris Wagner & Sarah Brachle Wagner

Melissa Dorko

Melissa is a Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting LLP in the commercial organization driving marketing transformation. Prior to Deloitte, Melissa was a Chief Growth Officer at Wunderman Thompson (A WPP Company) where she was responsible for overseeing all revenue performance, strategy, and alignment of the organization’s growth, marketing, and public relation’s teams within the North American region for the agency.

With more than 20 years of experience driving growth for companies, Melissa has used her breadth of expertise in digital transformation to led business development and marketing teams to uncover opportunities for a wide array of businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative start-ups. As a consumer experience and digital business development leader, Melissa’s expertise encompasses branding, strategy, creative, store design, eCommerce and digital marketing initiatives for B2B and B2C brands.

Melissa believes deeply in the mission of Habitat for Humanity. Providing affordable housing to the families and neighborhoods that need it most provides stability and independence for families to build better lives and stronger communities.

Ted Dosch

Executive VP & Chief Transformation Officer,

Ted Dosch has been the Executive Vice President, Strategy and Chief Transformation Officer at Wesco since June 2020. Prior to the merger of Wesco and Anixter in 2020, he was the Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Anixter since July 2011 and Director of UGI Corporation since July 2017. Ted was the Senior Vice President of Global Finance at Anixter from January 2009 to June 2011. Prior to joining Anixter, Ted held various positions at the Whirlpool Corporation from 1986 to 2009. Additionally, Ted is the Chair of the Board for the Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity chapter. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and is a CPA.

Individual Tickets

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First Look for Charity 2023 Tickets

Official Hotel


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

The Chicago Auto Show is proud to announce its continued partnership with the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place as the official hotel for the 2023 Chicago Auto Show.

Just a 5-minute indoor walk from the McCormick Place show floor, experience modern guestrooms and sweeping views of the Chicago Skyline. Overnight guests of the hotel will receive a 15% discount at our multiple on-site food and beverage outlets.

The negotiated rate for First Look for Charity, scheduled for Friday, February 10 is $143*. Internet and health club/pool access is included with the price of the room.

Vehicle Giveaway

One highlight of the First Look for Charity is the vehicle giveaway. Over the years, lucky winners have driven off with the keys to 50 vehicles, including a Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Viper. Any attendee who has purchased a ticket is eligible to win. However, the winner must be present at the time of the drawing.

This year, the giveaway vehicles are a 2023 Honda CR-V Touring Hybrid or a 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Sport. Winner must be present at the time of the drawing.

[1] A random drawing of ticket stubs for all attendees at the First Look for Charity Event with be made upon open stage during the course of the event. Vehicle(s) will be awarded at that time. If the owner of the winning ticket stub drawn fails to claim prize within a reasonable time, as determined solely by the Chicago Auto Trade Association, his right to the vehicle will be forfeited and an additional ticket stub will be drawn. The odds of winning depend upon the number of ticket stubs collected. Substitutions for the vehicle are not permitted; there are no cash award alternatives. Void where prohibited by law. Winner agrees to permit the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and/or the First Look for Charity Foundation to use his/her picture for future publicity and promotion without compensation. Winner further agrees to provide name, address and Social Security number to the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and/or the First Look for Charity Foundation, and to be responsible for any and all taxes, including Federal and State income taxes, state and local sales taxes or excise taxes, as applicable. Winner further acknowledges that he/she will be provided a Federal Form 1099 at year end indicating the full value of the prize awarded.