Restaurants enroll 50th participant in fund-raising program

Rib City Grill has enrolled its 50th participant in a rewards program that benefits nonprofit organizations.

The Rib City Grill Show Us Your Colors Program awards tokens to customers who purchase food from the barbecue restaurants in Fruita and Grand Junction as well as Glenwood Springs, Montrose and Rifle. Customers give their tokens to enrolled nonprofit organizations, which in turn redeem the tokens for cash at participating Alpine Bank locations. The organizations can use the money any way they see fit.

The program was created to provide support to charitable groups requesting support, said Mike Noble, co-owner of the Rib City restaurants. “As more and more requests came in, it became apparent we had to say yes to everyone somehow.”

Mike Spradlin, co-owner of Rib City restaurants in Grand Junction, Fruita, Rifle and Glenwood Springs, said any charitable groups, including churches and schools, may participate. “No one with 501(c) certification will be turned down.”

Added Noble: “With the economy the way it is and with so many budget cuts, this is a win-win for all parties involved.”

More information about the program is available online at

The Web site offers online registration, a piggy bank cutout kit and suggestions to help organizations raise funds. Information about participating nonprofit organizations also is available on the site. That includes Little Sprout Preschool in Fruita, the 50th organization to enroll in the program.