Last year’s partnership with the CATA was a huge success, raising $37,500 worth of funds that were used to provide programming for local military and their families.
Fox Lake, IL (PRWEB) July 15, 2014
On Saturday, July 19th from 10 am – 4 pm, Ray Chevrolet is firing up the grill to host a community fundraising event with food and fun for all ages. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will directly support troops deployed and at home; military families; wounded, ill and injured troops as well as families of the fallen.
Ray Chevrolet, along with more than 60 Chicagoland new-car dealers, is on a summertime mission to raise awareness and funds for local troops and their families. For the second consecutive year, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and its dealer members have partnered with the USO of Illinois to host more than 60 Barbecue for the Troops community fundraising events.
The USO BBQ event at Ray Chevrolet is open to the public, and will feature a fun, family-friendly atmosphere with food fresh off the grill, a live DJ, carnival games, raffles and prize giveaways, plus a Color Guard presentation at noon by Fox Lake American Legion. In addition, for every guest that test drives any vehicle on July 19th, Ray Chevrolet will donate $20 directly to the USO.
Local organizations and guests who plan to be in attendance include the Fox Lake American Legion, Fox Lake Boy Scouts, as well as local & state politicians.
Those who cannot attend the event can still show their support for the troops and the USO through Ray Chevrolet’s online donation page here. Additionally, those who can’t make it to the event still have a chance to win barbecue-themed prizes on social media. Now through July 21, fans can submit barbecue photos or videos with the hashtag #BBQ4Troops on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to be entered to win weekly prizes from Bub City plus a grand prize – a barbecue basket filled with a gift card, barbecue sauces, dry rubs, flavored wood chips, a T-shirt and other barbecue accessories – from Real Urban BBQ.
In 2013, the inaugural year of the USO Barbecue for the Troops program, CATA member dealers collectively raised $37,500 – accounting for approximately 40 percent of the total funds raised nationally through this initiative.
“This is just one example of the goodwill that Chicagoland new-car dealers bring to their communities,” said Colin Wickstrom, CATA chairman. “I can genuinely speak on behalf of the CATA membership when I say that, as an association, we’re proud to be a part of such a great cause and we look forward to kicking off this year’s USO Barbecue for the Troops events.”
“Last year’s partnership with the CATA was a huge success, raising $37,500 worth of funds that were used to provide programming for local military and their families. We saw firsthand just how much of a positive impact local Chicagoland dealers have in their communities and are overwhelmed by the response we have had this year by returning and new dealerships,” stated Alison Ruble, president and CEO of the USO of Illinois.
USO Barbecue for the Troops is a national fundraising campaign that encourages organizations and communities to host barbecues and raise funds for local USO programs and services. For the full listing of CATA Barbecue for the Troops events, visit http://www.DriveChicago.com. For more information on the overall Barbecue for the Troops initiative, please visit http://www.BarbecuefortheTroops.com.
About Ray Chevrolet
Recognized as 2013 Dealer of the Year by General Motors, Ray Chevrolet has been serving Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin for over 40 years. Voted one of the ‘Best Automobile Dealerships in Chicagoland' by the 2013 Daily Herald Reader’s Choice Awards, Ray Chevrolet features new Chevrolets along with a huge selection of used vehicles. A Full service department is available. Visit RayChevrolet.com for more information.
About The Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the nation’s oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. It is comprised of more than 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit CATA.info.
About the USO of Illinois
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. The USO of Illinois is a civilian 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, not a government agency. We are supported solely by the generosity of the American people. For more information about the USO of Illinois, visit: http://www.usoofillinois.org.