VIENNA -Four individuals from the Parkersburg area will be among the 15 West Virginia University football players who will serve as the featured guests at tonight's 15th annual Steak & Burger Dinner.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Grand Point Conference and Reception Center in Vienna. A total of 29 corporate tables have been sold. Individual tickets are still available at $100 apiece by calling 304-485-6434 or 304-485-6535.
"If people can't pick up their tickets before 4 p.m., they will be available at the door at 5 p.m.," said Michael Flanagan, who is the executive director of the Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club.
Making the roadtrip on the chartered bus from the Morgantown campus are former Parkersburg High School standouts Matt Lindamood and Josh Jenkins, along with Parkersburg South graduates Cody Nutter and Michael Molinari.
Lindamood played fullback for WVU and finished the season rushing for 49 yards on 15 carries and scoring one touchdown. Jenkins recently completed his third season on the offensive line and second season starting at left guard.
For the second straight season, Nutter served as the team's long snapper for punts, field goals and extra points. Molinari is listed at placekicker for the Mountaineers.
Among those who are scheduled to pay a repeat visit are Brad Starks, Julian Miller, Tyler Urban, Tavon Austin and Keith Tandy.
Austin led all WVU wide receivers with 787 yards on 58 catches. He also hauled in a team-high eight touchdown receptions. Another WVU wide receiver, Starks finished with 19 catches for 317 yards and four TDs.
As a defensive lineman, Miller finished sixth on the team in tackles and second in sacks with nine.
The Steak and Burger Dinner will welcome for the first time Chad Snodgrass, Pat Eger, C.J. Huffman, Ricky Kovatch, Tyler Bitancurt and Casey Vance. The most notable individual out of the group is Bitancurt. The WVU placekicker converted all 41 extra point attempts this past season and made good on 10-of-17 field goal attempts.
It appears that the dinner will reach Flanagan's goal of raising $35,000 for the Boys and Girls Club facility on Mary Street, which provides more than 1,000 local youths with a place to participate in a wide-range of activities from sports to computers.
The dinner will follow its traditional format with adults being served a hamburger dinner and selected members of the Boys and Girls Club enjoying a steak dinner.
Jim and Cynthia Auvil will oversee the preparation of the food.
Each ticketholder may bring one item for WVU players to sign. Chapman Printing will make available cards of each of the Mountaineers present, which they will also autograph.
An auction will also be conducted - featuring Mountaineer memorabilia, including a Gator Bowl football signed by WVU coach Bill Stewart and Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. WVU running back Noel Devine also has signed a football.
Bond Drug Store, Fred Voshel and Mulberry Lane have also donated items for the auction.