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Chicagoland New-car Dealers are Barbecuing for the Troops on July 19

Posted by: Jennifer Morand

New-car dealers throughout Chicagoland are once again on a summertime mission to raise awareness and funds for local troops and their families. For the second consecutive year, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and its dealer members have partnered with the USO of Illinois to host more than 60 Barbecue for the Troops community fundraising events. This year’s USO Barbecue for the Troops events will take place simultaneously this weekend on Saturday, July 19, throughout Chicagoland. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will directly support local military and their families.

In 2013, the inaugural year of the USO Barbecue for the Troops program, CATA new-car dealers collectively raised $37,500 – accounting for approximately 40 percent of the total funds raised nationally through this initiative. The USO of Illinois plans to publicly recognize the CATA with the Salute to Leadership Award during the USO Star-Spangled Salute Gala this fall.

Each dealer will tap into existing relationships within their community to add a unique spin on their fundraising barbecues. Patriotic ceremonies, cook-offs, car washes, live music and games for kids of all ages are just a few highlights event attendees will be able to enjoy at dealerships across Chicagoland on July 19.

Those who cannot attend an event can still show their support for the troops and have a chance to win barbecue-themed prizes on social media. Now through July 21, fans can submit barbecue photos or videos with hashtag #BBQ4Troops on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to be entered to win weekly prizes from Bub City and a grand prize – a barbecue basket filled with a gift card, barbecue sauces, dry rubs, flavored wood chips, a T-shirt and other barbecue accessories – from Real Urban BBQ.

To find BBQ near you, visit

Don’t forget to tweet or Instagram your BBQ pictures and videos with #BBQ4Troops! You can enter via Facebook as well through this link:


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