PARKERSBURG -The Mountaineers are coming!
Members of the West Virginia University football team -including all the local players -will be the guests for the 15th annual Steak & Burger Dinner, set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna.
The dinner serves as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg.
Josh Jenkins of Parkersburg High School (77) and Cody Nutter of Parkersburg South (87) will be among the West Virginia University football players who will attend the 15th annual Steak & Burger Dinner on Jan. 27 at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna. The event is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg.
In addition to Parkersburg High School graduates Josh Jenkins and Matt Lindamood and Parkersburg South graduate Cody Nutter, other Mountaineers expected to be in attendance are Geno Smith, Coley White, Tavon Austin, Shawne Alston, Bradley Starks, Keith Tandy, Tyler Urban and Najee Goode.
The idea for the Steak and Burger Dinner originated with Mike Flanagan, the long-time executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, and Allan Johnson, the Wood County middle school athletics coordinator, who was serving as the strength and conditioning coach at WVU at the time. Little did the duo know then just how successful and popular the banquet would become.
Flanagan estimates it has raised more than $300,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. Never one to rest on his laurels, Flanagan has set a lofty goal of raising $45,000 from this year's dinner.
If you want to see how the money has been used, stop by the Mary Street facility and take a look at the gymnasium, which has received a new floor and a fresh paint job.
Thanks to many local businesses pitching in and reducing their prices, the gymnasium looks like new. More than $100,000 in renovations were completed at the club during the past year. Yet, there is much work to be done at the facility, which has more than 1,000 members and provides a place for local youth to gather and participate in sports and educational pursuits.
Cost for a single ticket to the dinner is $100 and provides a hamburger dinner for the purchaser and a steak dinner for a member of the Boys and Girls Club.
Corporate tables are $1,000 and are good for eight members of a firm plus two members of the Boys and Girls Club.
Flanagan already has secured sponsorships for the tables representing the four Wood County High Schools and their football programs. SABIC International Plastics is sponsoring Parkersburg Catholic High School, Williamstown National Bank is the sponsor for Williamstown High School, Keith and Tina Tipton are the sponsors for Parkersburg High and BB&T is sponsoring Parkersburg South.
The Steak & Burger Dinner is one of several funding methods the Boys and Girls Club uses to maintain its facility and to keep its membership prices low.
The annual Kids Classic Golf Tournament, underwritten by United Bank, traditionally raises more than $100,000.
The club also receives grants from through organizations such as the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Henry Logan Childrens Home.
Each ticketholder may bring one item to be autographed by the Mountaineer players.
In addition, Chapman Printing and the Boys and Girls Club will provide photos of the players that they also will sign. A live auction featuring WVU sports items will be conducted.
Deadline for purchasing a ticket is Friday, Jan. 21. To reserve a table or purchase a ticket, call the Boys and Girls Club at 304-485-6434 or 304-485-6435. Flanagan can be reached at 304-615-9946.