Stay Connected For The Troops: Illinois USO BBQ

Featured Photo: Cata Uso Troops Bbq Chicagoland Illinois Fundraising Event
Photo credit: CATA

USO barbecue for the troops is coming to Illinois this Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Celebrating it’s sixth consecutive fundraising year; the Chicago area is ready to fire up the BBQ grill to host the USO Barbeque for the Troops! CATA (Chicago Automobile Trade Association) and it’s affiliated dealers will once again partner with the Illinois USO chapter.

Over the past, communities have rallied to help raise over $500,000 to support vital programs and services utilized by USO of Illinois.

“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 … 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.”

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Cata Uso Troops Bbq Chicagoland Illinois Fundraising Event

This Arlington Heights dealership brings all the attention back to the troops with this fun USO BBQ fundraiser. Photo credit: CATA

A fundraiser where every dollar supports troops and their families.

With more than 70 participating dealerships across Chicagoland, you’ll find fun for the whole family. This includes great food, family entertainment, and even “free” services. All to collect donations supporting our military.

And every dollar raised go towards supporting our troops at home and while deployed. This includes the families of active, fallen, ill, injured, wounded troops as well. In fact, finding a local CATA dealer is easier than ever with this handy map.

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Cata Uso Troops Bbq Chicagoland Illinois Fundraising Event

Great food, fun, and family events are what make the USO BBQ event each year a success. Photo credit: CATA

Visit for a full list of participating dealers.

We hope to see you come out for a great day of fun and food! All to help support those military personnel (and families) when they need it most.

To learn more about these great new car dealers, visit You’ll find great resources on new and used cars. As well as access and information to Chicago auto shows.

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Cata Uso Troops Bbq Chicagoland Illinois Fundraising Event

Elmhurst Toyota celebrates its $20,000 donation in 2015. Photo credit: CATA

About Chicago Automobile Trade Association

CATA, as its more easily known, was founded in 1904 and is one of the nations biggest metro-area dealership organizations. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association has also produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935.

Want to know more? Visit for more details.

“We’ve been blown away with the success of the program, and each year outpaces the previous with more funds raised, increased dealership participation and heightened awareness for the USO of Illinois and local military,” said CATA Chairman John Hennessy. “The amount of energy and resources that local dealerships pour into their barbecue fundraisers is unparalleled. Despite the fact that these dealerships represent different brands, they all come together in support of this great cause.”

Cata Uso Troops Bbq Chicagoland Illinois Fundraising Event

Celebrate the red, the white, and the blue with your friends and family at new car dealerships throughout the Chicago area on July 14, 2018! Photo credit: CATA

About the USO

For over 75 years, the United Service Organization Inc. has helped strengthen American military service members. This through various support, in over 200 centers, within countries on every continent.

Assistance is also found within programs for service members and their family as well as entertainment. You can find a USO center, and read more about the stories it contributes to at

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