Families Helping Families
FHF was founded in 1994 with the sole focus of helping homeless Mothers and their children in DuPage County.
FHF helps find homes, education for Mothers and her children impacted by domestic violence and child abuse. During this time, each Mother works and goes to school since education is the best way to increase one’s value in the job market while children are provided with all the tools to go to school. www.famhelpingfam.org
Edward Hospital Foundation and the Care Center of Naperville
The Exchange Club provides funding in support of the Care Center of Naperville to purchase equipment, provide doctor and staff training for the region’s best facility to evaluate children and adults with special needs who are victims of sexual abuse.
They receive specialized care, counseling and comfort while they are examined to provide evidence for local law enforcement. The Edward Foundation
provides funding for a wide range of programs for children such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, The Children’s Facial Center, the regions first Pediatric Emergency Department and the CARE Center program. www.edward.org/foundation
Project HELP (Empowering Parents/Strengthening Families) provides volunteer mentoring support services to families under stress through the Parent Mentor Program.
This program sponsored by the Exchange Club of Naperville, helps a family improve parenting skills and learn to manage their household in a positive and healthy manner. To learn more about this mentoring service please call (630)357-5683. www.projecthelpdupage.org
CASA of DuPage County
CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates, helps provide each child with a safe, permanent, nurturing home.
We train and support quality community advocates who voluntarily represent children in court. By bringing committed volunteer child advocates from the community into the child welfare system, CASA fills a vital service gap. We ensure that the best interests of each child are represented. Court personnel, social workers, and attorneys generally are assigned to work with many children and therefore must limit involvement with each child. www.dupagecasa.org
Naperville Fast Track
Naperville Fast Track Program identifies individuals that need ongoing monitoring to ensure their safety.
Clients who are part of the Fast Track Program wear a personalized wristband that emits a continual silent tracking signal. The signal can be tracked on the ground or in the air over several miles. When caregivers notify the Naperville Police Department that a client is missing, a search and rescue team responds and begins tracking the client with a mobile tracking system reducing search times from hours and day to minutes.www.naperville.il.us
Public Action to Deliver Shelter, Inc. MISSION: DuPage PADS is committed to end and prevent homelessness in DuPage County.
PADS is committed to providing housing and supportive services for people who are homeless in a setting that encourages responsibility and offers the opportunity for independence and self-sufficiency. We work to educate the community and advocate against barriers that cause homelessness. Vital to this commitment is our collaboration with religious and community groups in DuPage County. www.dupagepads.org
Naperville CARES (Community Acting in Response to Economic Stress) is a grassroots organization whose mission is to provide resources to people within the Naperville community who require assistance to prevent homelessness and attain self-sufficiency.
Our goal is to deliver basic human service needs, including emergency financial assistance for housing, utilities, and medical care, and professional case management counseling to people in our community.
The Naperville Humane Society
The Naperville Humane Society was founded in 1979 to protect animals and prevent animal cruelty.
The Naperville Humane Society provides animal sheltering and adoption, humane education programs including shelter tours, training for kids
and families, a junior volunteer program, a summer day camp for children and after school programs. NAHS also provides a pet therapy program for seniors, a safe pets program for kids and a pet reading program in schools. www.napervillehumanesociety.org
360 Youth Services
360 Youth Services started in 1971 in Naperville to help the areas youth.
Today, 360 provides counseling in a more formal professional setting and does it on a sliding scale fee basis. 360 has a group home for boys ages 13-18, transitional housing programs for both male and female young adults ages 18-21, and oversees the Naperville Operation Snowball program, and the Power of Choice campaign in both District 203 and 204 schools. 360 provides a series of programs focused on social competency skills and self-esteem for youth. For more information about 360 call (630) 961-2992. www.360youthservices.org
Our Children’s Homestead
Our Children’s Homestead is dedicated to assuring safe and secure homes to abused, neglected and troubled children.
Our Children’s Homestead programs are tailored to the specific needs of our children. Programs include treatment foster care, international adoptions, respite services, afterschool program, domestic violence counseling and much more. www.ourchildrenshomestead.org/
Fox Valley Hospice
Fox Valley Hospice is a community-based volunteer organization established in 1981.
Our mission is to serve persons with life-threatening illnesses, their families and bereaved individuals with compassion, respecting their rights, treating them with dignity and providing service without charge.
KidsMatter, the Naperville Youth Development Coalition, is a not-for-profit initiative commissioned to educate and encourage character building throughout our community.
KidsMatter, founded by Edward Hospital, is based upon Search Institute’s asset-building model of positive youth development. Assets are crucial relationships, personal qualities, opportunities, and experiences that all children and teens need to grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults. Our Children’s Homestead programs are tailored to the specific needs of our children. Programs include treatment foster care, international adoptions, respite services, afterschool program, domestic violence counseling and much more. www.NaperKidsMatter.org
Little Friends, Inc.
Little Friends is a private, non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental, emotional or behavioral disabilities, including autism.
Founded in 1965, the agency operates 14 programs including early intervention, alternative schools, family support, vocational training, community-based residential services, and a wide range of services for children with autism. Little Friends is based in Naperville and serves more than 800 people each year from throughout the western suburbs. www.littlefriendsinc.com
The Exchange Club of Naperville has supported the production of the Crime Prevention Calendar for many years through generous donations.
The Crime Prevention Calendar is done in cooperation with all the elementary schools in District 203, 204 and the four parochial schools in the community. The Exchange Club also supports our third grade program, “On Your Own”, (basically a “Home Alone” program) by providing an education booklet for each student to take home to share with their parents. The Crime Prevention Calendar is a tool for students and their families that teach crime prevention tips that help keep Naperville a safe place to live. The 3rd grade booklets serve to teach children how to be safe for those times when they must be home alone. The Exchange Club had partnered with the Naperville Police Department for many years to bring these two programs to the community.
Senior Home Sharing, Inc.
Senior Home Sharing, Inc. is celebrating its 23rd year of providing affordable, shared group housing to seniors.
Championship rounds of the Miller Lite Bags Tournament - Saturday and Sunday, July 5th and 6th from 1:30-4:30pm at Ribfest. Click here for preliminary round information.
Blackhawks Street Crew at Ribfest, 2-6pm daily in the South Park.
Naperville's BEST fireworks show, July 4th at 9:30pm. Free public access entry starting at 7:30pm. Fireworks presented by Meijer.
Do some JOUSTING in the Family Area daily from 12noon - 8pm!
The Chicago White Sox are visiting Ribfest on Saturday, July 5th from 12-3pm. Visit the Family Area to meet players, attend free clinics, and win giveaways!
The championship rounds of the Miller Lite Bags Tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 5th and 6th, from 1:30-4:30pm at Ribfest.Click here for preliminary round information.
Don't miss Balster Magic Kid Bucks and Magic Show - 3 shows daily!
July 3 - 1:30, 3:00, 5:30
July 4 - 1:30, 3:30, 5:30
July 5 - 3:00, 5:30, 7:00
July 6 - 1:30, 3:30, 5:30
Check out the Radio Disney Kids Radio Show, broadcasting from the Ribber Row Stage Thursday, July 3 from 1:00-2:30pm!
Transform into a butterfly, clown, and more! Face painting daily from 1-3pm and 5-7pm at Erica’s Funny Faces in the Family Area.
Hold a snake! See a lizard! Visit the "Cold Blooded Creatures" Reptile Show on July 4th and July 6th from 4-5pm in the Family Area.
Soar on NEW HEIGHTS balloon twister from 1-3pm and 6-8pm daily in the Family Area.
See your favorite animals from 12noon-8pm daily in the Family Area at Miller Petting Zoo.
Zoom down the big slide in the Family Area, open from 12noon-8pm daily!
Challenge your friends to Laser Tag in the Family area from 12noon-8pm daily!
DID YOU KNOW...
In 2013 Casey James went out into the merchandise tent to sign 100’s of autographs and get pictures taken with fans after his show.
In 2013 Rick Springfield performed a private back yard acoustic concert at a fan’s house in downtown Naperville before Ribfest.
In 2013 James Young of STYX purchased 100 tickets for his friends and family to be at Ribfest!
In 2012 the guitar signed by Steve Miller that is given to a local charityis actually a work of art. He decorated both the case and the guitar with multiple colored sharpies, penning out the names of his hits, drawing hearts and peace signs.
In 2011 during Bruce Hornsby’s show, members of the audience wrote down songs they wanted to hear, laid them on the stage…and he played several of them.
In 2010 Julianne Hough worked out at Edward Fitness Center the day of her show much to the delight of the club members.
In 2009 Huey Lewis celebrated his birthday onstage at Ribfest. The crowd sang Happy Birthday to him.
In 2008 Trace Adkinswas runner-up on the "Celebrity Apprentice" and released a huge hit “You’re Gonna Miss This” when he played Ribfest. As Trace left the stage on his way back to his dressing room, he noticed two young boys in wheelchairs in the middle of the crowd. He waded out into the crowd to meet the two.After getting his picture taken with them, he proceeded to sign autographs, shake hands, and hug every other fan.
In 2010 Charlie Daniels was so charming at Ribfest that when he was to do a meet and greet with sponsors before the show, he talked to every single person including the staff volunteers.
Elvin Bishop showed up with a bottle of his homemade hot sauce and jelly for the backstage crew. Brought out blues legend, Smokey Smothers for a surprise jam at Ribfest.
In 2005 Umphrey’s McGee travelled from Californiaat the last minute to perform a memorial show for Brian Schultz a long time sponsor of Ribfest who was killed in a car crash. The band had bag pipes on stage to play Amazing Grace and then played the AC/DC song “It’s A Long Way To Top If You Wanna Rock & Roll” complete with the bag pipe solo.
In 2005 Adrian Belew donated $5,000 of his fee back to the club because he was touched by the Ribfest cause!
In 2004 LynyrdSkynyrd’s famous Outlaws Motorcycle Club showed up with more than a 100 of their “personal security team” at Ribfest!
In 2002 Dave Mason showed up with deli trays for the entire Ribfest backstage crew.
In 2010 Los Lonely Boys played a free acoustic concert at Wentz Hall for hundreds of the kids we support. Afterward they let the kids onstage to try out guitars and drums. Each kid left with a signed pick or drumsticks and a day of memories.
In 2006 Trent Tomlinson, at the time, an up-and-coming country star that had the chart toppers "One Wing in the Fire", and "Country is My Rock”. After celebrating his birthday on stage, he then went to a local Naperville eatery and played for a few hundred local residents and friends, to continue his birthday celebration.
In 2003 members of Los Lobos came off stage after their encore performance with Dickie Betts (Allman Brothers Band) and running for their cell phones to call friends and family to tell them who they just played with on stage.
In 1998 Pat Benatarwent rollerblading in downtown Naperville and hung out at the Main Street Starbucks the afternoon of her show.
In 2001 Mark Farnerfrom Grand Funk Railroad (sold out Shea Stadium faster than the Beatles) got a ride to Starbucks for coffee from a Ribfest staff member. Later that afternoon he acted as nursemaid to the same staff member with an ankle injury.
In 2010 Eric Burdon and the Animals just finished the show at Ribfest when a patron jumped the barrier and climbed on stage. An injured staff member got to the patron just before reaching Eric who was extremely grateful. The guy just wanted an aotograph, but you never know!