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[DEALERSHIP NAME] to Host a USO Barbecue for the Troops Community Fundraising Event on July 15
[CITY] (DATE, 2017) – Chicagoland new-car dealers are once again on a summertime mission to raise awareness and funds for local troops and their families. On Saturday, July 15, [DEALERSHIP NAME] is firing up the grill to host a community fundraising event with food and fun for all ages. The proceeds raised will directly support local military and their families.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) – Chicago’s new-car dealer association – and its dealer members have partnered with the USO of Illinois to host Barbecue for the Troops community fundraising events. Over the past four years, 100 CATA dealers have rallied within their communities to help raise more than $420,000 in support of USO of Illinois programs and services.

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“The USO of Illinois has partnered with the outstanding team at the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and local dealership partners to bring our USO Barbecue for the Troops initiative to new heights,” said USO of Illinois President and CEO Alison Ruble. “The USO Barbecue for the Troops initiative has raised more than $420,000 to support local troops and their families. Chicagoland dealerships have helped make a difference in the lives of our service members and their families by bringing their hometown communities together to support the USO of Illinois with the Barbecue for the Troops program. Their growing support has made every year more successful than the last. In 2017, we are excited to announce the fifth year of the partnership and are proud to stand with the CATA and local dealerships in their efforts to help all those who serve our nation.”
Awareness will also spread via social media, where people are encouraged to post, tweet and share why they want to win the Ultimate Backyard Barbecue with #BBQ4Troops. Beginning July 1, fans can submit a photo or short video describing the reason they should win the Ultimate Backyard BBQ, including a private cooking demonstration by Real Urban Barbecue’s chef, and BBQ fare for the winner and 50 of their friends.
The full listing of CATA Barbecue for the Troops events will be available on by July 1. For more information on Barbecue for the Troops and the USO of Illinois, please visit

About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation’s largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 20,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit

About the USO of Illinois

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Supporting more than 318,000 troops and their families every year, the USO of Illinois is a civilian 501(c)(3) non-profit that is supported solely by the generosity of the American people. For more information about the USO of Illinois, visit: 

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