Who are the men in the blue polo shirts?

The sweet smells of BBQ that fill the air each spring is the Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off about to get underway at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea over the Memorial Day Weekend. As you walk down the midway, surrounded by the many vendors and performers, you’ll no doubt notice volunteers working diligently to keep this Annual Festival running like clockwork. And you may wonder, "Who are the guys in blue polo shirts? And why are they working so hard to run this event?"

These men are The Berea City Club: an organization dedicated to serving and bettering the community. And they’re running the National Rib Cook-Off just as they run so many events throughout the year, raising money to help fund projects around the great City of Berea.

The Berea City Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1998 with volunteers working year-round to bring a greater sense of community to Berea. The National Rib Cook-Off is just one of many examples of the Club's good work.

In addition to their support of numerous clubs and organizations around town such as Kiwanis, Rotary, PTA, Scout groups, sports teams and church groups, below is a listing of some of their proudest accomplishments in both infrastructure and improvements to the City of Berea:

  • Building of the Berea Clock Tower at the Triangle
  • Heritage Park
  • Coe Lake Projects including the Nature Trail
  • Berea Midpark High School Scoreboards
  • Lou Groza Football League Donation of Bleachers & Press Box
  • Rebuilding of the Victory Arch at the County Fairgrounds
  • Electronic Events Marquee at the County Fairgrounds

Ongoing involvement in numerous projects is also what the members of Berea City Club are all about:

  • Annual Rib Cook-off, Clambake & Coe Lake Holiday Trees
  • Miss Berea Pageant & Scholarship Program
  • North End Foundation
  • Berea Youth Works
  • Berea Arts Fest
  • Roehm Athletic Complex
  • Berea Historical Society
  • Adopt-A-Senior & Senior Network
  • Downtown McKelvey Park Summer Movie Program