Steak and Burger Dinner set for tonight

VIENNA – Want to meet some members of West Virginia University athletic teams, including Parkersburg South graduates Michael Molinari and Ron Crook?

Then you’ll want to be at the Grand Pointe Conference Center tonight for the rescheduled 18th annual Steak & Burger Dinner, a fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg.

Originally scheduled to take place on Feb. 13, the popular event had to be postponed due to the major snowstorm that hit Morgantown and made it unsafe for the Mountaineer athletes to make the trip.

This time, the weather should cooperate for the event to off as planned.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m.

Representing the football program will be Molinari, a senior who can perform any special teams task from kicking to punting to holding; Crook, who serves as the Mountaineers’ offensive line coach; Quincy Wilson, a former standout at Weir High School and WVU who won the Kennedy Award as a high school senior and now serves as WVU’s assistant director of football operations; Karl Joseph, who plays safety on the Mountaineers’ defensive unit; and Donnie Tucker, the educational academic counselor for WVU athletes.

Past dinners have been the exclusive domain of the football team. Not this year. This year, locals will get a chance to meet members of the men’s swimming and baseball teams as well as women’s volleyball, track, gymnastics, swimming, soccer and rowing. The rowing team representatives include Rachel Cokeley of Harrisville.

Organizers hope to raise in excess of $25,000 from the event thanks to corporate and individual sponsors as well as proceeds from an auction featuring many WVU sports-related items.

The Boys & Girls Club’s Mary Street facility has a membership of nearly 900. It keeps its annual dues at an affordable $12. The facility includes a gymnasium, a climbing wall, a swimming pool and a computer lab, as well as various other youth-related activities.