USO BBQ for the Troops kicks off in July for the 5th Consecutive Year

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For the past four years, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and over 100 local new-car dealers in the Chicagoland area have kicked-off the summer BBQ season with the USO Illinois through USO BBQ for the Troops, an initiative dedicated to raising money to support essential USO programming. Since 2013, the CATA and more than 100 member dealers have raised more than $420,000 for USO Illinois programs supporting area troops and their families.

On July 15th, participating Chicagoland dealerships will start their engines and heat up their grills for the USO Illinois. Some of last year’s BBQ for the Troops highlights include:

  • Car Washes for donations
  • Lunch specials for employees and their families and friends, leaving the brown bag at home and eating in to support the troops
  • Cornhole Bag Games and interactive sports
  • Demand DJ, with donations made for song requests
  • Obstacle courses and more!

Looking to get your tires rotated or oil change? Stop into one of the participating BBQ for the Troops dealerships and drop your change at their service center all July long! Don’t forget to visit the Drive Chicago Facebook page at and enter the Ultimate Backyard BBQ Sweepstakes. To enter all you have to do is upload a photo of your BBQ with the hashtag #BBQ4Troops. One lucky winner will receive a BBQ for them and 50 friends catered by Real Urban BBQ and a visit from a Chicago Blackhawks Ambassador!

For a list of dealerships participating in BBQ for the Troops this summer, visit

The USO Illinois salutes the CATA and all the dealerships who are participating in the BBQ for the Troops program this year.

Published July 14, 2017

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