The Hartford Rib Off


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About Us

Mission Statement:
Through family friendly BBQ and community-building events, the Hartford Rib Off is committed to raising awareness and funding to support the various objectives of Greater Hartford nonprofit organizations.

Over the past 10 years we have distributed $180,000.00 in proceeds from our event to 7 local charitable organizations.

The Hartford Rib Off prides itself on promoting Hartford, and Riverside Park is one of Hartford’s greatest natural resources. By bringing 2000+ guests to the park, our event showcases Hartford in a unique and exciting way.


Our Story
The Hartford Rib Off started in a Hartford backyard in 2009 as a BBQ with family and friends.
After hosting it for a second time, in 2010, our founder, Guy Neumann, decided to dedicate his time to raise awareness and money for different causes by holding this event once a year. From a few dozen friends, to now upwards of 2,000 attendees, The Hartford Rib Off has grown into the premier charity BBQ event in Hartford, now a KCBS Contest.
No one associated with The Hartford Rib Off, Inc. earns a salary or has ever financially benefited from their association with this event/organization. Everyone works on a volunteer basis.
The ultimate mission of the Hartford Rib Off is to find different worthy local causes every year and to do our best to raise as much money and awareness as we can for these causes. Initially we teamed up with one organization every year. We used that organization’s 501(c)(3) accreditation to push our fundraising efforts.
The Hartford Rib Off is a Connecticut non-profit corporation, exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN 82-1571658.  We now focus, annually, on benefiting several organizations each year.  All of the proceeds from each year’s Hartford Rib Off are donated to the charity/charities we identify as recipients.


Our Board of Directors

President, Guy Neumann
Treasurer, Lynne Cohen
Director, Jonathan Sablon
Director, Mandi Garfield
Director, Frank Balsamo
Director, Jonathan Abel
Director, Jaye Gravely

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