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Rock 'n Ribs BBQ Festival made more money for children's agencies this spring than ever before in its 11-year history. Checks are being presented this week to five of those children's agencies in the area. KSMU's Ryan Welch has more.
Rock 'n Ribs BBQ Festival is put on by the four Rotary Clubs and the Rotaract Club of Springfield. Rock 'n Ribs is a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event and this year, 53 teams competed for bragging rights to the best barbecue around.
Among the children's charities receiving funds is the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch. At a Rotaract Club meeting at Bass Pro Shops this week, the Rock 'n Ribs Executive Committee gave a check to the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch. Good Samaritan Boys Ranch helps boys who have been abused and neglected from broken or non-existent homes to become responsible, productive young adults.
The ranch received $27,000 this year, more than it has ever received from the Rock ‘n Ribs BBQ Festival. Good Samaritan’s CEO Kevin Killian says this money really proves its involvement in the Springfield community and will help the ranch continue to run effectively.
“This [money] will allow us to continue some of our specialized program, working with kids that have been sexually abused. It allows us to take some kids who maybe have some more severe needs,” Killian said.
With over 30,000 people in attendance at the festival, over 1,000 Rotarians and community volunteers worked the event to make it a success. The festival made $160,000 this year, bringing the 11-year total to $865,000.
For KSMU News, I’m Ryan Welch.