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Chicagoland new car dealers raise more than $100,000 for the USO

The funds raised allow the United Service Organizations (USO) to support over 300,000 service members and their families every year.

In an inspiring display of dealers doing good, over 80 local new car dealerships, rallied behind our nation’s military under the banner of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA). CATA partnered with the USO for the 10th time to present the annual USO Barbecue for the Troops fundraisers, according to a press release.
The events, which took place on July 15, included barbecues, patriotic ceremonies, and classic car exhibitions. This year, the CATA collected a staggering $100,453, to support local military personnel and their families.
“This year’s fundraiser, raising more than $100,000, is the perfect example of what Chicagoland new car dealers can do when communities come together and rally around this cause,” said CATA Chairwoman Kelly Webb Roberts. “The 10-year anniversary of the USO Barbecue for the Troops marked a significant milestone, and our unwavering commitment to the USO and our troops is only getting stronger.”
Counting the latest contribution, fundraising efforts from this decade-long program have exceeded the $1.1 million mark. The funds raised allow the USO to support over 300,000 service members and their families every year.
USO Illinois Executive Director Christopher Schmidt added, “This grassroots fundraiser has driven over $1.1 million in essential funds. We’re incredibly thankful for the horsepower provided by our partners at CATA and the local new-car dealerships in pushing forward this mission.”
The festivities continued with the USO’s annual Clark After Dark block party in downtown Chicago. Here, CATA board members handed over their six-figure check to the USO.

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Anna Delvillar
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