Lexus of Merrillville to Host a USO Barbecue for the Troops Community Fundraising Event on August 9

Lexus of Merrillville to host a USO Barbecue for the Troops on August 9th at their Merrillville, IN dealership.

Online PR News – 29-July-2014 – Merrillville, INDIANA – Chicagoland new-car dealers are once again on a summertime mission to raise awareness and funds for local troops and their families. For the second consecutive year, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and its dealer members have partnered with the USO of Illinois to host more than 60 Barbecue for the Troops community fundraising events.

On Tuesday, August 9, Lexus of Merillville is firing up the grill to host a community fundraising event with food and fun for all ages. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will directly support troops deployed and at home; military families; and wounded, ill, and injured troops, as well as families of the fallen.

The August 9 event details include:
• Time: 11am – 4pm
• Location: Lexus of Merrillville at 3957 US 30 Hwy in Merillville, Indiana, 46410
• Activities:
o BBQ food
o Raffle prizes
o Souvenir hockey pucks
o Military display vehicle—a 1964 Morgan Troop Carrier with a 50 Kal machine gun
o Special prices for servicemen and –woman
o National Anthem sun by Chicago Blackhawns anthem singer, Jim Cornelison

In 2013, the inaugural year of the USO Barbecue for the Troops program, CATA member dealers collectively raised $37,500 – accounting for approximately 40 percent of the total funds raised nationally through this initiative.

“This is just one example of the goodwill that Chicagoland new-car dealers bring to their communities,” said Colin Wickstrom, CATA chairman. “I can genuinely speak on behalf of the CATA membership when I say that, as an association, we’re proud to be a part of such a great cause and we look forward to kicking off this year’s USO Barbecue for the Troops events.”

“Last year’s partnership with the CATA was a huge success, raising $37,500 worth of funds that were used to provide programming for local military and their families. We saw firsthand just how much of a positive impact local Chicagoland dealers have in their communities and are overwhelmed by the response we have had this year by returning and new dealerships,” stated Alison Ruble, president and CEO of the USO of Illinois.

USO Barbecue for the Troops is a national fundraising campaign that encourages organizations and communities to host barbecues and raise funds for local USO programs and services. For the full listing of CATA Barbecue for the Troops events, visit For more information on the overall Barbecue for the Troops initiative, please visit