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USO Barbecue for the Troops fundraiser total to be announced Aug. 17

August 11, 2017
The sum raised in July by area new-car dealers for the USO of Illinois will be announced Aug. 17 at an annual USO event in Chicago, Clark After Dark.
Most of the funds were gathered during barbecues on July 15, but some dealers conducted month-long drives at their stores and on their websites.
A check presentation will be made at the USO event in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, at 420 N. Clark St. The annual Clark After Dark block party celebrates America’s military service members and their families, and gives participants a chance to shout a final "HOO-AH!" to summer.
Ray Scarpelli Jr., chairman of the CATA, said he expects the 105 dealers who participated this year will have raised more than the $166,000 collected in 2016. Over the first four summers, dealers have raised more than $422,000 for USO programs and services for 330,000 military personnel and military families in Illinois.
A nonprofit organization, the USO of Illinois is fully supported by the generosity of the American people.