Rib Fest a stellar success

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Island is thrilled to announce that the first Montreal Ribfest was a stellar success and are pleased to say that it will become an annual event. On August 14 – 16, 2015, over 30,000 people flocked to the Pierrefonds Roxboro Borough Hall for a food festival; the magnitude of which has never been seen before in the West Island. Foodies united for a spectacular selection of ribs, pulled pork, chicken, blooming onions and even fried Mars bars. Vendors including award winning Ribs Royale, Camp 31, Jack the Ribber, Texas Rangers BBQ, and Crabby’s BBQ shack. The event was covered by media including CTV, CBC, GLOBAL TV, CITY TV, 947 HITS FM , Wild Country 965, The Suburban, Gazette, MTL Blog, West Island Blog, En Route magazine, NewsFirst and more. And 38 local bands performed over the three days.

The good news is that we raised almost $ 30,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Island with 100% of the proceeds going to support the mentoring programs in the local community. We would like to thank our sponsors including the Dilawri Group as well as the thousands of people who participated and volunteered from our local community.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Island: As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens. Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Island has been creating friendships since 1975 by matching mentors known as “Big Brothers or Big Sisters” with children known as “Little Brothers and Little Sisters”. Services have grown to include a variety of different programs that help children develop into upstanding citizens. Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Island is a non-profit organization, receiving funding from Centraide as well as West Island Community Shares and from the general public, like you, who participate and help at various fundraising activities throughout the year.

If you’d like to volunteer as Big Brother or Big Sister, all it takes is 2-4 hours/week, please contact them at: 514-538-6100 ext. 33 or at bbbswi@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca and let them know that you would love to be a mentor and put a smile on a “Little’s” face.

For more information and media interviews, please contact: Francesca Corso Tel: 514-538-6100 ext. 31
Big Brothers Big Sisters Website: www.westislandmentors.com , Montreal Ribfest Website: www.montrealribfest.com

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