Rhythm ‘n Ribs is a huge success, raising $33,000 for digit

“Our third annual Rhythm ‘n Ribs was a huge success", said Bruce Thurston, Chair of the organizing committee. “We had an amazing attendance and were fortunate to have two days of really good weather.”

“Rhythm ‘n Ribs seems to be very well received by the community. This was our third year and our attendance is strong and people appear to love the food; certainly the food vendors are happy. We made some changes to the music line-up and you could see the energy in the crowd in the evenings,” continued Mr. Thurston.  

“We were also able to raise a substantial amount of money that will be used to help The Health Foundation purchase new digital mammography equipment needed for the breast cancer screening program at the Yorkton Regional Hospital. That equipment is vitally important and will be used by 5,000 women annually in this region. 

“Anytime you can put on an event that is good for the community where people have a great time, and, raise funds for something that will benefit a large number of people you are doing something right. We have a great committee who have all been part of building this event from the beginning, and they should feel good about their work putting on this event because it is clearly good for this area,” he added. 

The other members of the Rhythm ‘n Ribs committee are: Doug Kitsch, Kelly Hancock, Murray Yung, Bev Lonsdale, Ron Balacko, Deb Blommaert, Phil DeVos, Del Ziola, Reagan McClelland, Danita Thurston, Karen Melnychuk and Ross Fisher. 

Mr. Thurston also thanked the sponsors (see below). "Without their support we could not put on the event."

Our sponsors


Rhythm 'n Ribs 2019 photo gallery

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Volunteers make it all possible

An event like this requires lots of volunteers to be a success, and to help raise money for The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan. 

With government providing only a very small portion of the funds required to buy necessary equipment for our healthcare facilities, The Health Foundation is dedicated to raising the money needed to look after the healthcare needs of all of us in this part of the province. 

Volunteers help out in many ways:

  • Beer garden
  • Selling tickets for the beer garden
  • Selling 50/50 tickets
  • Security / gate crew
  • Clean up crew
  • Parking coordination
  • General set up Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Volunteers are asked to work any of the following three to 3 1/2 hour shifts, and are provided with shirts that indicate they are volunteer assistants:

  • Friday: 3:30 to 7:00 and 7:00 to 10:00
  • Saturday: 9:30 to 1:00, 1:00 to 4:00, 4:00 to 7:00 and 7:00 to 10:00
  • Sunday: 10:30 to 2:00, 2:00 to 5:00 and 5:00 to 7:30

Interested in voluteering? Let us know through our Contact Us page.