USO Illinois’ 10th annual Clark After Dark block party on August 16th was indeed the last “Hoo-ah!” of the 2018 summer! The event raised $197,500 thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and attendees. Thank you to our sponsors Constellation Brands, Leopardo Construction, Dover Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the Boeing Company, First Trust Portfolios, BBMC Mortgage, FE Moran, MB Financial, Sucker Punch Gourmet, Avison Young and Bub City and all of our other great supporters!

The 2nd Battalion 24th Marines attended and brought a custom, Marine Corps Humvee and a U.S. Marine Corps HMMWV. The Marines provided patrons a special glimpse inside and aboard a military vehicle allowing people to go into the emptied-out gunner section of the vehicle. Guests rocked out to three of Chicago’s favorite cover bands, the LowDown Brass Band, Liquidated Damages and Sixteen Candles.

Chicago’s River North district hotspots, Chicago Cut and Bub City generously catered the VIP tents. Once again, this year, Clark After Dark was sponsored in part by Boss Bar, a staple in the neighborhood since the 1980’s, who provided a deluxe, indoor VIP experience to show their support for local military and the mission of the USO.

Published September 19, 2018

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