People from different generations got to meet and chat (or at least stare!) for a few moments during Elmhurst Toyota’s annual USO BBQ for the Troops held last year. This year’s event takes place Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Elmhurst Toyota, BMW and Jaguar at 440 W. Lake Street. Besides mu-sic, barbecue on the grill and children’s attractions, the event raised funds for the USO. Elmhurst Toyota always raises more than any other Toyota dealership. The public is welcome to come out and join the fun.

Community fundraising event takes place Saturday, July 14


Chicagoland new-car dealers are once again on a summertime mission to raise awareness and funds for local troops and their families. On Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elmhurst Toyota, Elmhurst BMW and Jaguar Elmhurst, at 440 W. Lake Street, will be 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. On line donation will be taken at

For the sixth consecutive year, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) – Chicago’s new-car dealer association – and its dealer members have partnered with the USO of Illinois on the annual USO Barbecue for the Troops program. Over the past five years, more than 100 CATA dealers have rallied their communities to help raise $560,000 in support of USO of Illinois programs and services.

Event activities include:

  • Hog Roast by Double D pig roast;
  • Chefs from Dan Gibbons’ Café Liberty cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and brats;
  • 28 Days Band will be providing LIVE music;
  • Moon jump and Slide for the kids from Moon Jump 4u
  • U.S. Army recruiters from Melrose Park;
  • U. S. Marine recruiters from Bensenville;
  • U. S. Air Force recruiters From Melrose Park;
  • U.S. Army 379th Chemical unit bring some BIG military vehicles;
  • US 99 Radioi will be on the scene, raffling off tickets to hear Rascal Flats
  • Pete DiCianni with serve as Master of Ceremonies again this year.

“The USO of Illinois is proud to partner with the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and local new-car dealers for the sixth year in a row for the USO BBQ for the Troops initiative,” said USO of Illinois President and CEO Alison Ruble. “The USO BBQ for the Troops program has raised more than $560,000 to support local troops and their families.

Awareness will also spread via social media, where people are encouraged to post, tweet and share why they want to win the Ultimate Backyard Barbecue with #BBQ4Troops. Beginning July 1, fans can submit a photo along with a short caption describing why they or someone they know should win the “Ultimate Backyard BBQ” as part of the #BBQ4Troops social media contest. Real Urban Barbecue head chef will personally cook up barbecue fare for the winner and 50 friends…make that 51 because a Chicago Blackhawks player/ambassador will also make a special appearance.

For more information on Elmhurst Toyota at 630-279-2160 ext. 2101 USO Barbecue for the Troops event, visit


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