Campaign for USO BBQ for the Troops kicks off Tuesday

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicagoland Automobile Trade Associations and the USO of Illinois Tuesday morning kicked off the campaign for the USO BBQ for the Troops.

July 13 is the 7th annual BBQ for the Troops. Car dealerships all over the Chicago area will fire up the grills to raise money for our local military. A replica event to kick off the campaign got underway in a United Center parking lot.

Over the past 6 years, CATA dealers have rallied their communities to help raise nearly $750,000 in support of USO of Illinois.

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The Chicagoland Automobile Trade Associations and the USO of Illinois Tuesday morning kicked off the campaign for the USO BBQ for the Troops.



The funds help military service members navigate all the transitions they face.

"Something as simple as $5 supports a service members to come relax at our lounge at O'Hare. $50 supports military youth at a summer program. $100 supports five service members to enjoy an event tickets for troops and all the things we do a little goes a long way," said Allison Ruble, the CEO of USO Illinois.

Soldiers and sailors are always in transit, supporting the USO is helping them and their families, the unsung heroes also serving this country.

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