Ribfest delivers just over $9,000 to local charities

Inn of Good Shepherd, Sarnia Lambton Rebound and St. Clair Child and Youth will share funds raised

Pictured, left to right, are Dana Piggot of TVSN; Myles Vanni of the Inn of the Good Shepherd; Cathy Howes, event volunteer; Victor Anast, Northern Heat Rib Series; Justin Brown, Northern Heat Rib Series; David Burrows, TVSN; Jack Poirier of Sarnia-Lambton Rebound; and Cheryl Cassin of St. Clair Child & Youth Services.

The event that earlier this year was thought to be “off the calendar” and which finally came together on Labour Day weekend has now announced a pool of $9,190.15 which will be donated to three local charities.

The Northern Heat Rib Series, which had some 16 events throughout Ontario this summer, added Sarnia to its circuit after the Sarnia Kinsmen Club announced it would not be repeating its sponsorship, a disappointment to many after 17 years of continuous operation, most of those at Centennial Park.

When Centennial Park underwent an environmental remediation (the Park is expected to reopen in 2017), the Kinsmen relocated to Hiawatha Park, but organizers said attendance was never as strong.

Jason Brown and Victor Anast of Northern Rib Series appear to have proved the naysayers wrong, boasting several thousand attendees.

David Burrows, an internet broadcaster who served as major media sponsor of this year’s event, said the organizers demonstrated “a true passion for giving back to the communities” where the Northern Heat Rib Series takes place.

“It was a real pleasure to be part of this event,” said Burrows. “We look forward to working with them next year.”

Burrows is hoping next year’s event will exceed the $9,000 raised this year.

He also thanked local businesses who stepped forward to sponsor the event and volunteers “who worked so hard behind the scenes to make this donation possible.”

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