RIBFEST 2019

Ribfest is a fundraiser hosted by the Exchange Club of Naperville to raise funds to help fight child abuse, domestic violence and to strengthen families in our local communities. We are proud to have contributed over $17.5 million+ back to our community to support this effort. With plenty of food, live entertainment, and carnival rides, Ribfest is an event you don’t want to miss! See you in Romeoville in 2020!

AMERICANISM

Promoting pride in country, respect for the flag, and appreciation of our freedoms are the primary purposes of Exchange’s Americanism programs. The Americanism Committee plans and hosts projects such as the Freedom Shrine, American Patriot Award, and 9/11 Ceremony. Visit our Americanism page for a full list of events.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Community service is the lifeline of Exchange. The Exchange Club of Naperville provides countless hours and dollars improving Naperville and surrounding communities each year. Some projects include P.A.D.S. Project, Meals on Wheels,  and Keeping Kids Safe Program. Visit our community service page for a full list of projects.

YOUTH COMMITTEE

America’s young people are it’s most precious resource. This is why the Exchange Club of Naperville has sponsored events and activities for our community’s youth. Awards are available for both Jr. High and High School students to apply for.

RIBFEST 2019

Ribfest is a fundraiser hosted by the Exchange Club of Naperville to raise funds to help fight child abuse, domestic violence and to strengthen families in our local communities. We are proud to have contributed over $17.5 million+ back to our community to support this effort. With plenty of food, live entertainment, and carnival rides, Ribfest is an event you don’t want to miss! See you in Romeoville in 2020!

AMERICANISM

Promoting pride in country, respect for the flag, and appreciation of our freedoms are the primary purposes of Exchange’s Americanism programs. The Americanism Committee plans and hosts projects such as the Freedom Shrine, American Patriot Award, and 9/11 Ceremony. Visit our Americanism page for a full list of events.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Community service is the lifeline of Exchange. The Exchange Club of Naperville provides countless hours and dollars improving Naperville and surrounding communities each year. Some projects include P.A.D.S. Project, Meals on Wheels,  and Keeping Kids Safe Program. Visit our community service page for a full list of projects.

YOUTH COMMITTEE

America’s young people are it’s most precious resource. This is why the Exchange Club of Naperville has sponsored events and activities for our community’s youth. Awards are available for both Jr. High and High School students to apply for.

Statement about RIBFEST 2020 Cancellation

The Exchange Club of Naperville, organizers of the 33rd annual Ribfest, have spent the past few months in constant careful situation analysis and discussion, in order to accurately and comprehensively assess the current climate for summer festivals.  In consideration of the current COVID-19 conditions and recent capacity restrictions mandated by the state, the Club has concluded that the health and safety of Ribfest attendees, volunteers, and entertainers cannot be guaranteed for such a large-scale public event. Therefore, the Exchange Club of Naperville, along with the Village of Romeoville, regretfully believes that Ribfest simply cannot go forward this year.   

“The charitable nature of this annual fundraising event allows us to provide vital funds to agencies that focus their activities on the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence in all forms,” said Bob Black, Chair of Ribfest. “As disappointed as we are not to have a 4th of July with Ribfest, after all this hard work, the greatest disappointment is the impact of not being able to raise funds through Ribfest this year for those deserving nonprofit organizations.”

 This extremely difficult decision comes after much deliberation about any possibility of presenting the family fun, philanthropy, dining, and music that have become synonymous with “Ribfest” for thousands of attendees every year. The Exchange Club of Naperville has been pleased to partner with the Village of Romeoville in planning this first-ever Ribfest in Deer Crossing Park, and begin optimistic planning for 2021. 

“We look forward to hosting Ribfest in Romeoville come 2021,” said Romeoville Mayor John Noak. “We continue to have a strong partnership with the Exchange Club of Naperville and will continue to support its mission.” 

The Exchange Club of Naperville is considering options regarding engaging musical entertainment acts for the 2021 festival, and will announce developments as they arise. 

“I am very proud of the hard work that our Club has put in to create an exciting Ribfest at a new venue,” states Exchange Club President Ron Amato. “It’s unfortunate that we cannot move forward, especially for the local charities that our Club supports as part of its mission, but the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, vendors, and Club members is paramount. We look forward to seeing everyone at Ribfest in 2021.” 

Information regarding refunds will be made available shortly. Ticket holders will also be given the option of making a tax-deductible donation toward the Exchange Club of Naperville’s mission to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. 

The Exchange Club of Naperville and the Village of Romeoville extend their heartfelt gratitude for the support and patience of its patrons as we continue to navigate these challenging times together, and encourage everyone to continue to support one another and our community’s charitable partners. The Exchange Club of Naperville continues to support its partners in ending child abuse in all forms, and its membership is open to anyone who would like to join the crusade to end child abuse. 

Visit www.ribfest.net for Ribfest updates, donation opportunities, and membership information.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Exchange Club of Naperville is about people helping people in the belief that hope for tomorrow happens today.  We are about giving back a little of ourselves to our community.  We are about growing within ourselves through our efforts to help others.  We are about developing close personal relationships with newly found friends.

We come together in order to eliminate child abuse in all forms, 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.

ALLOCATIONS

RIBFEST

AMERICANISM

YOUTH COMMITTEE

COMMUNITY SERVICE

DONATE OR MAKE PAYMENT

PROJECT HELP

HOW DO I JOIN?

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Exchange, America’s Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and it’s national program—The Prevention of Child Abuse.

The Exchange Club of Naperville was chartered in 1987 and is dedicated to the elimination of child abuse and domestic violence in all forms. Through financial contributions to more than 50 local charities, the Exchange Club has raised more than $17.5 million from its service activities at Ribfest.

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P.O. Box 4164
Naperville, IL 60567
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