Chicago Automobile Trade Association

100 dealerships to host barbecues for USO on July 15

July 14, 2017
Meteorologists predict weather on July 15 that is favorable for an outdoor barbecue. And that’s a good thing, with 100 area dealerships poised to host cookouts that day to help raise funds for the USO.
Participating dealerships are identified on, with links to each of their websites and Facebook pages. And both the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and the USO have furnished the dealerships with banners and other items to display outdoors and in their showrooms.
The CATA has worked with many radio, print, television, outdoor and social media partners to develop an aggressive promotional campaign leading up to the barbecues. All proceeds collected at the events will be donated to USO programs that support deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers, and families of the fallen.
The USO, a nonprofit, non-political organization, has for 75 years provided Americans with a tangible way to express appreciation and gratitude for the dedication and sacrifice of the nation’s troops and their families. 
Some of the planned fundraising activities include car washes, with dealers asking for donations; and on-demand DJs, with donations made for song requests.
The CATA is eager to report how much money the fundraisers collect.  
The CATA also is in the midst of a month-long campaign to award the Ultimate Backyard BBQ to someone who submits the top photo or short video to #BBQ4Troops. Real Urban Barbecue will go to the winner’s home and prepare a delicious barbecue for 50 people, and the Chicago Blackhawks will send an ambassador to the gathering.
A list of dealerships hosting a barbecue is posted at


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