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CATA contest winner enjoys all of the fixings at Ultimate BBQ

September 25, 2015
The CATA’s Barbecue for the Troops, a USO fundraiser, kicked off its 2015 campaign with pro hockey Hall of Famer Denis Savard at a media event at the United Center on July 1, days after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup championship. It ended Sept. 19 in an Oswego backyard with another Blackhawks great, Tony Esposito.
In between those mileposts, Chicagoland dealers raised $121,000 for the USO of Illinois.
In three Julys, the CATA dealerships have generated about $250,000 for USO programs that support deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers, and families of the fallen.
To help raise awareness of the dealership fundraisers, the CATA coordinated a social media contest using the hashtag #BBQ4Troops. The contest grand prize was the Ultimate Backyard BBQ, with cooking demonstrations and barbecue fare from Real Urban Barbecue’s head chef; a special visit from a Chicago Blackhawks ambassador; and a grill from Big Green Egg Chicago. 
More than 100 people submitted contest entries and Kathy Corgan-May, from Oswego, won with 67 percent of the votes. 
Her entry stated: "My wonderful nephew (a diehard Blackhawks fan!) is stationed overseas and is coming home for the month of September with his wife and new baby! I’m counting the days!!!!!!
"Would absolutely love to win this amazing backyard BBQ for him to surprise him — so he can see family & friends who love & miss him sooooo much! God bless our troops!!!" 
The CATA on Sept. 19 thanked Cogan-May’s nephew, Joe, an Air Force enlistee, by throwing him the Ultimate Backyard BBQ. The day marked the first reunion for him with family and friends in two years. He faces another deployment next month.