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CATA, USO of Illinois launch month-long campaign to raise awareness of, funds for local military and their families

June 28, 2019
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association kicked off its seventh Barbecue for the Troops campaign June 25 with a rally at the United Center in Chicago. Nearly 70 reporters joined 35 dealers for the event.
Over six years, CATA dealers have helped raise nearly $750,000 for programs and services of the USO of Illinois. At least 110 area new-car dealers have pledged to rally their communities to raise funds this year.
CATA Chairman Bill Haggerty and USO of Illinois CEO Alison Ruble spoke at the event, which commenced with a singing of the national anthem by Jim Cornelison, a professional singer who sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "O Canada" at the beginning of home games for the Chicago Blackhawks. Chris Chelios, a National Hockey League Hall of Famer and a Blackhawks ambassador, also attended the kickoff.
Most of the fundraising will occur at barbecues hosted by participating dealers on July 13.