Above / The PN File photo pictures recipients of Exchange Club grants, beneficiaries of successful fundraiser from the 2016 Ribfest at Knoch Park.

UPDATE, March 2, 2018, PN Photo / Folks pictured below represent the nonprofit organizations that received 2017 Ribfest grants during the Allocations Luncheon at Meson Sabika. Also pictured are Exchange Club President Robin Choquette, standing far left, and Allocations Committee Co-Chairmen Bob Black and Barry Greenberg, far right.

During the luncheon, representatives from every grant recipient were provided time for a 1-minute elevator speech about their organization and their contributions to the community that follow, in some way, the mission of the Exchange Club of Naperville and the National Exchange Club. Most of the appreciative beneficiaries, however, took their time to express enthusiastic gratitude to all volunteers of the Ribfest organization and members of Exchange Club of Naperville.

Members of Exchange Clubs throughout the United States gather together in order to prevent child abuse in all forms.

Locally, the Exchange Club of Naperville also aims “to foster the health and growth of a strong family unit, to promote Americanism, to strengthen the education of our children and to give ourselves in service to our community.”

Recognizing the missions of more than 50 local charities with financial support since the first Ribfest in 1988, so far, the Exchange Club has raised more than $15 million from its service activities at the popular festival held in conjunction with Independence Day.

2017 Grant Recipients

Special grants are presented annually to Exchange Club initiatives, Project HELP and Edward Care Center. 

Other social services that received 2017 Ribfest allocations are 360 Youth Services; Alive Naperville; Almost Home Kids; Breaking Free; CASA of DuPage County, Inc.; CASA of Will County; ChildServ; Community Career Center; DuPage Children’s Museum; DuPage Legal Aid; DuPage P.A.D.S., Inc.; Ecumenical Adult Day Care; Education Center;  Evangelical Child and Family Agency; Families Helping Families; Family Shelter Service; Fox Valley Hands of Hope; Friends of The Dupage County Children’s Center;  Gigi’s Playhouse; Hesed House; Humanitarian Service Project; I Support Community; Kids Matter; Literacy DuPage…

Little Friends, Inc.; Loaves & Fishes Community Services; Mutual Ground, Inc.; NAMI DuPage; Naperville Education Foundation; Naperville Humane Society; Our Children’s Homestead; People’s Resource Center; Prevent Child Abuse Illinois; Respite Endowment Organization; Rise From the Ashes; Royal Family Kids’ Camp;  Samaracare (formerly Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Services); Sharing Connections; Teen Parent Connection (Formerly Dupage MYM); Turning Pointe Autism Foundation; VNA Health Care-Healthy Families Illinois; Wayside Cross Ministries; Western DuPage Special Recreation Association Foundation; Will County Children’s Advocacy Center; Young Life; Youth Outlook; and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.

After photos for all the beneficiaries, Joel Carlsen, 2018 Ribfest Chairman; Robin Choquette, Exchange Club President; and John Dunham, 2017 Exchangite of the Year, admitted they’re geared up to do good things for 2018 Ribfest, July 4-7. when Steven Tyler will be among the featured Main Stage performers.

2018 Ribfest runs July 4-7 in Knoch Park

Original Post, Feb. 11, 2018 / The Exchange Club of Naperville will hold its Annual Allocation Lunch beginning at 11:30AM on Fri., March 2, at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Avenue.

The Allocations Committee, made up of 27 club members, is co-chaired by Bob Black and Barry Greenberg. The committee reviews donation requests and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors and Membership for fund disbursement.

The annual luncheon is a time when the 48 agencies who are given funds from the club’s annual Ribfest tell their stories. Funds also are given to the Edward Care Center and Project Help. This special event is always a very moving lunch and one that makes all those hot, long days volunteering at Ribfest all worthwhile and meaningful.

All of the organizations that receive funding also volunteer at Ribfest. We are proud of the work these organizations do and pleased that our club is able to help them achieve their goals.

The lunch is open to the public at a cost of $25. RSVP by calling (630) 779-2702 by February 23 for the Allocations Lunch. Payment may be made at the event with cash or a check.

2018 Ribfest planning is in the works, slated for July 4-7 at Knoch Park. Anyone interested in being involved as a sponsor of Ribfest, contact Sponsors@ribfest.net.

Exchange Club always is looking for new members. If you want to meet new friends and get involved in Naperville, contact me at EmyTrotz@gmail.com. Through the Programs of Service – Americanism, Community Service, and Youth Programs – members support activities that benefit youth, promote pride in our country, and honor military and public service providers, to name a few. Exchange’s National Project is the prevention of child abuse.

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