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CATA gathers media to promote July 15 Barbecue for the Troops fundraiser events

June 30, 2017
Enthusiasm ran high June 28 during the media launch to shine a spotlight on the area dealers’ upcoming efforts to help the USO of Illinois.
One hundred dealers have committed to host a Barbecue for the Troops event on July 15, intending to add to the $422,000 that dealers collectively raised over the past four Julys.
Throughout their country’s history, Americans have felt profound appreciation and gratitude for the dedication and sacrifice of U.S. troops and their families. In that vein, the barbecues will raise funds for 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.
Chicago’s major media outlets were on hand to learn of the dealer efforts. Some dealers have expanded their fundraising from a one-day barbecue to a month-long campaign on their websites.
The launch began with Jim Cornelison singing "The Star-Spangled Banner," as he does before each Chicago Blackhawks home game. Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell also was on hand to autograph memorabilia.