Oak Lawn, IL (PRWEB) July 18, 2014
Mancari’s of Oak Lawn along with more than 60 Chicagoland new-car dealers are once again 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.
On Saturday, July 19, Mancari's of Oak Lawn 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.
This community fundraising event is free and open to the public, and will be held from 11:00am – 3:00pm at Mancari's on 4630 WEST 95TH STREET, OAK LAWN, IL 60453. In addition to hosting this event, Mancari's will donate $25 to the USO for every car that is sold this Saturday.
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.
Those who cannot attend an event can still show their support for the troops and have a chance to win barbecue-themed prizes on social media. Now through July 21, fans can submit barbecue photos or videos with hashtag #BBQ4Troops on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to be entered to win weekly prizes from Bub City and 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.
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.
The USO depends on Americans like you, to help provide much needed programs and services to support America’s troops and their families. Your generosity will be felt around the world—helping a child cope with their parent not being at home, connecting a new wife to her husband, or helping provide wounded, ill or injured warriors with hope and confidence on their journey towards a full and rewarding life.
About Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Oak Lawn
As one of the largest Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM dealerships in the Chicagoland area, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn has served Illinois loyally for more than 45 years with some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the automotive industry.
For more information visit us today at 4630 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 or at http://www.mancari.com. You can also become a fan of Mancari's by liking our Facebook page.
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.