Ribfest Salutes Sponsors

Published 6/9/2022

The Exchange Club of Naperville is calling attention with appreciation and gratitude to the sponsors of Ribfest as it prepares to open Friday, June 17 through Monday, June 20 in a new home at the DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL.  “We’ve always had fantastic support from our sponsors, but this year is really special because between all of our long-time sponsors and several newcomers, they have all come to us so willingly in spite of the challenges of moving to a new home and a new weekend on the calendar, not to mention being absent for so long, ” says Bev Schafman, chair for 2022 Ribfest.  Ribfest from the Exchange Club of Naperville is returning after a two-year hiatus due to COVID 19 cancellations.    

“Ribfest has always been about the kids, ” says Schafman, “but realistically without our sponsors, there would be no Ribfest.  And without Ribfest, we would not be able to help out so many families and their supporting organizations in our communities.”  

Schafman is joined in her appreciation of the work and support that sponsors provide by Michele Klein, Director of Sponsorships for this year’s Ribfest.  Klein is particularly grateful for all of the on-site support that sponsors provide including food, beverages, attractions, events, activities, and particularly, volunteer support.  “What so many people do not realize is that not only do our sponsors provide generous donations to Ribfest, but many of their employees are here working on-site helping to serve our attendees,” says Klein.  

This year’s Ribfest is receiving support from 10 Grand Sponsors including:

  •  ABC 7 Chicago, 

  • Astound Broadband Powered by RCN, 

  • Bud Light, 

  • CITGO, 

  • Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling, 

  • Fantasy Amusements Co., 

  • Hollywood Casino Aurora, 

  • Illinois Department of Transportation, 

  • Jewel Osco, and 

  • Meijer.  

In addition to recognizing Grand Sponsors, Ribfest is bringing a group of Major Sponsors to the fest this year including Belgio's Catering, Bulley & Andrews, Chevrolet, Daily Herald, Duly Health and Care, Prager Moving & Storage, RE/MAX, TR Miller Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, and Wintrust Community Banks.  

Ribfest is the major fundraiser hosted by the Exchange Club of Naperville to help fight child abuse and domestic violence, while strengthening families in our local communities. As a result of these fundraising efforts, in Ribfest’s 32 years, over $18 million has been contributed back to our local communities in support of these causes.

More information about sponsorship involvement  as well as detailed event information can be found at www.ribfest.net. Follow Ribfest on social media for updated information, and additional upcoming artist announcements.

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