Ribfest celebrates success with $600,000 in donations
Excerpt from the Daily Herald by Marie Wilson
If seemingly every Naperville-area nonprofit and social service agency is together in one place, chances are it’s the annual Ribfest allocation lunch sponsored by the Exchange Club of Naperville.
The club plays host to a meal each year to celebrate the donation of funds raised from the previous summer’s Ribfest on the July 4 weekend.
Last year’s festival allowed the club to donate $600,000 spread among 45 organizations that aim to end child abuse and domestic violence.
…. First-time grant recipient Naperbridge at the Alive Center promoted a new mentoring program pairing high school leaders with middle school students and efforts to get kids on the autism spectrum involved with their typically developing peers. Executive Director Kandice Henning said the Naperbridge teen center even is discussing plans to create a branch of the Excel club, which is the Exchange Club’s high school-level affiliate.