They raised thousands of dollars through "Barbecue for the Troops" events this weekend.
At Arlington Heights Ford, the grills were sizzling as visitors got busy with dunk tanks, pop-a-shot and other fun activities. Dealers say it's a great way to support the troops while having a good time.
"Veterans come out. They appreciate everything that we do and we just love doing it," said Tony Guido, chairman of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. "We do give a lot to the community and we love to give back."
It was a similar scene across town at Elmhurst Toyota where the band played and strangers opened their pockets.
Dealers have raised more than $500,000 over the past five years and they hope that total will double when they finish counting up Saturday's donations.
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