2021 USO BBQ FOR THE TROOPS

Save the Date: Saturday, October 3

DONATE HERE! Donations for the USO of Illinois are being accepted online HERE throughout the month of October.

For the past seven years, Chicagoland's new-car dealers have led the charge in supporting hometown heroes by hosting Barbecue for the Troops community fundraisers for the USO of Illinois. While this year is unique, local dealers know the need is there-perhaps now more than ever-to support local military. Dealers are encouraging people to stop in any time throughout the month of October to make a donation, or simply donate online!

Participating dealers and the USO of Illinois are also giving people the opportunity to nominate someone deserving of the Ultimate At-Home BBQ via a social media contest. Visit Facebook.com/DriveChicago or click HERE to enter through 10/16! Winner receives a gift card to Real Urban BBQ, at-home grilling essentials (apron and grill set) and a signed Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane hockey puck.

Since the program's inception in 2013, dealers have raised more than $900,000 for local military who are serving on the home front during the COVID-19 pandemic and on the frontlines around the world. There's still time to show your support!

The partnership between the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), the area's new-car dealer association, and the USO of Illinois dates to 2013 when the first Barbecue for the Troops fundraisers were held. Since then, and nearly 600 fundraisers later, local dealerships have rallied their communities in support of the USO of Illinois to raise nearly $900,000 for local military who are serving on the home front during the COVID-19 pandemic and on the frontlines around the world.

There's also an opportunity for people to get involved on social media. Beginning Sept. 21, fans can nominate someone who is deserving of winning the contest's grand prize, the #BBQ4Troops Ultimate At-Home BBQ, complete with a Real Urban Barbecue catering gift card, BBQ essentials for at-home grilling and a Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane autographed hockey puck. Visit Drive Chicago on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more details and to enter.

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