Three Blythewood charitable organizations are a combined $7,000 richer, thanks to the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce and the popular Rib Fest cookoff it held in March.

The chamber awarded $5,000 to The Big Red Barn Retreat and $1,000 each to Camp Discovery and Stone House Ministries at its meeting Tuesday morning at Doko Manor. The donations — $1,000 more than last year — were made possible by the record-breaking participation in and attendance at Rib Fest. Proceeds from the rib cooking competition also support the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce’s economic development initiatives and scholarship programs.

The Big Red Barn Retreat provides services to active-duty service members, veterans and first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health issues. Programs include yoga, tai chi, art therapy, gardening, equine-assisted psychotherapy, and peer-to-peer mentoring.

The Stone House is home to the Blythewood Counseling Center, a ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church in Blythewood. It offers therapy and counseling services for personal, marital and family difficulties.

Camp Discovery is situated on 116 scenic acres of forests, meadows, creeks, and wetlands in Blythewood and offers nature-based, outdoor, hands-on learning programs. The camp has reached more than 15,000 children across the Midlands since 1985.

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