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Giving Tuesday: Ribfest brought in $20K for YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign

In turn, the YMCA co-ordinated volunteers at this year's Ribfest 
From left are David St. George of reThink Green, Maureen Luoma of Downtown Sudbury, Brian McCullagh of Downtown Sudbury, and Kendra MacIsaac, Helen Francis and Kristofer Cacciotti of the YMCA. (Supplied)

The 12th Annual Downtown Sudbury Ribfest, which took place over the Labour Day weekend, is now just a memory, but the proceeds from the event were presented to its charity of choice on Giving Tuesday Dec. 3.

That charity of choice is YMCA of Northeastern Ontario's Strong Kids Campaign, which received a cheque for $20,373 from Downtown Sudbury. 

The YMCA, in turn, co-ordinated the volunteers for the festival. Downtown Sudbury wouldn't be able to put on Ribfest without this volunteer support, as it only has three permanent staff members.

More than 50,000 people took part in Ribfest this year over three days. The event included 26 local bands, festival foods, children’s activities and of course the ribs.

“There is a great deal that goes into hosting an event this size but it is thanks to the community support that Ribfest is the success it is – and – that such a significant donation can be made to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign,” said a press release from Downtown Sudbury.

“We are already looking forward to the 2020 edition of our Downtown Sudbury Ribfest!”