MCRCO History

The Marshfield Community Rib Cook-Off

We've come a long way since 2009!

In May of 2009 the North Community Church adult mission group was on their first mission trip to Biloxi, MS. Their mission was to help rebuild homes that had been damaged during hurricane Katrina four years prior and were still in a state of disrepair.

While there, the group inquired about places to eat to close out the week. They were told that no trip to the area was complete without trying barbecue at “The Shed”. While they were enjoying the amazing ribs and brisket with a live blues band playing in the background the conversation turned to how much the group enjoyed helping the local people and the decision was made that they wanted to continue for the foreseeable future. The inevitable question about how to best finance the trip was raised. It was in that moment that group leader Stephen Halko-Sheehan had the first thoughts of what would become the Marshfield Community Rib Cook Off.

Six months later on September 26, 2009 the first annual rib cook-off was held in the Parish House parking lot of North Community Church. Eight teams competed and roughly one hundred and fifty people attended the inaugural event. The event raised a little over $1,000 for the North Community Church adult mission.

In 2014 the event outgrew its humble roots and moved to the Marshfield VFW, where it remained until 2020. By then the event had once again outgrown its venue and in the midst of a global pandemic moved the event to the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

In its first 13 years MCRCO has raised nearly $170K for worthy charitable organizations.

Since its inception the Marshfield Community Rib Cook-Off has raised $169,925 and has expanded the list of beneficiaries to include the Marshfield Food Pantry, Marshfield FACTS, McKinney-Vento, and the NCC wider missions.

Join us for the 14th Annual Marshfield Community Rib Cook-off on Saturday September 10, 2022 – the biggest event in our history!

Join us on September 10, 2022

Photo Credit: Robin Chan 2021 MCRCO at the Marshfield Fairgrounds

Our Mission

The Marshfield Community Rib Cook-Off mission is to raise funds and awareness in support of critical community initiatives serving at-risk youth and their families with a focus on economic hardship, homelessness, and food insecurity. 

2022 Board members

Stephen Halko-Sheehan | President
Robert Kjellman | Vice President
Molly DeOrsay | Secretary
John Camp | Treasurer
Steve Contos
Kevin Coyne
Arlene Dubrowski
Nick San Angelo
Andrew Sheehan
Susan Sloane


Marshfield Community Rib Cook-Off is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization Tax ID# 86-2079758.

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Community Organizations We Support

Marshfield Food Pantry

The Marshfield Food Pantry serves close to 200 families on a monthly basis, the bulk of their funding comes from private donations. During the COVID lockdown they opened their doors to anyone in need, regardless of where they lived.

McKinney Vento Foster Care

The McKinney-Vento program of Marshfield serves students who are homeless, in foster care, or in serious economic hardship. Click to learn more about the program and how to donate.

Marshfield FACTS

Marshfield Families Adolescents and Community Together against Substances (FACTS) is the community coalition for substance abuse prevention in Marshfield, MA. Click to follow Marshfield FACTS on Facebook and learn about their community wellness initiatives.

NCC Adult & Youth Missions

The North Community Church, where the MCRCO event was founded in 2009, offers opportunities for young people and adults to experience the personal growth, connection, and development of life skills while serving those in need.

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