Courtesy Buick GMC in Crystal Lake to host BBQ for the Troops

The USO and Courtesy Buick GMC in Crystal Lake join forces for a great cause...

Courtesy Buick GMC to Host a USO Barbecue for the Troops Community Fundraising Event on July 16
USO BBQ for Troops
USO BBQ for Troops
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. - July 11, 2016 - PRLog -- Chicagoland new-car dealers are once again on a summertime mission to raise awareness and funds for local troops and their families. For the fourth year, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) - Chicago's new-car dealer association - and its dealer members have partnered with the USO of Illinois to host Barbecue for the Troops community fundraising events. Over the past three years, 100 CATA dealers have rallied their communities to help raise more than $260,000 to support USO of Illinois programs and services.

"This is a great opportunity to support the troops at a great location here in Crystal Lake" - Rik Fregia, VP Courtesy Auto Group

"What do all dealers have in common? This summer, on July 16, nearly 100 dealers will be firing up their grills to host barbecue fundraisers in support of the USO of Illinois and local troops," said CATA President Dave Sloan. "Dealers play such an integral role in their communities; they're truly the pillar of their towns and can rally support from their neighbors like not many can."

On Saturday, July 16, Courtesy Buick GMC is firing up the grill to host a community fundraising event with food and fun for all ages. The proceeds raised will directly support local military and their families.

Location:      6305 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

Time:          11:00am - 3:30pm

Event:          Free Car washes for any donation

"As the Fourth of July passes, it is important that we pause to reflect on the service and sacrifices of the men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces. We honor those who have gone before, and those who currently serve our nation," said USO of Illinois President and CEO Alison Ruble. "This summer, the USO of Illinois and the Chicago Automobile Trade Association will once again partner with local dealerships to honor and support the service of our military and military families throughout July with the USO's Barbecue for the Troops initiative. Since 2013, Chicagoland dealerships have helped make a difference in the lives of our service members and their families by bringing their hometown communities together to support the USO of Illinois with Barbecue for the Troops. We are proud to stand with the CATA and salute all those who have served or currently serve our nation."

Beginning July 1 through the end of the month, the dealers are also running a social media contest where fans can nominate a military member or veteran they believe deserves the Ultimate Backyard BBQ. People will be encouraged to share a photo and include a caption explaining the reason he or she deserves the event, using #BBQ4Troops. One lucky winner, and 50 of their friends, will receive the Ultimate Backyard BBQ including a personal cooking demonstration from Real Urban Barbecue chef and the chance to rub elbows with a Chicago Blackhawks player ambassador. After July 1, visit Drive Chicago on Facebook for more details and to enter.

The full listing of CATA Barbecue for the Troops events will be available on by July 1. For more information on Barbecue for the Troops and the USO of Illinois, please visit


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

About the USO of Illinois

The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. Supporting over 330,000 troops and their families every year, the USO of Illinois is a civilian 501(c)(3) non-profit that is supported solely by the generosity of the American people. For more information about the USO of Illinois, visit:

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Industry:Automotive, Event, Non-profit
Location:Crystal Lake - Illinois - United States
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