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BBQs for USO raise $37,500

August 16, 2013
More than $37,000 was raised by 70 area dealerships that participated in the July 20 Barbecue for the Troops, a fundraiser to benefit USO programs which 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 since 1943 provided Americans with a tangible way to express appreciation and gratitude for the dedication and sacrifice of the nation’s troops and their families.
 
Jessica Dolan, vice president of development for USO Illinois, said in a letter to the participating dealerships that her organization was astounded by their efforts.
 
Dolan said: “We have been blown away not only by the amount you all successfully raised to support our troops but also by the effort and time you spent making each of your events unique and engaging.
 
“I never expected to see such a large group of people, joined together only by their profession, step up to the plate and dedicate not only their own resources, but also rally those available in their surrounding communities, to provide support for our service members and their families. It is hugely impactful and inspires me every day.
 
“Thank you for all you have done, and we are truly excited about continuing to partner next year!”
 
Representatives of the CATA presented a check to the UFO on Aug. 15 at another of the nonprofit’s fundraisers, Clark After Dark, a block party that the USO bills as “summer’s last ‘hoo-ah!’ ”
 
 

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