Annual Steak ‘N’ Burger event to feature Jason Witten

Published 6:48 pm Monday, February 12, 2018

Mark June 14 on your calendar because the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County is once again hosting the Steak ‘N’ Burger event and this year’s featured guest is none other than hometown hero Jason Witten.

“We are really fortunate that Jason Witten has agreed to be our speaker this year,” said Elizabeth Williams, Resource Development and Marketing Director for the Club. “It’s going to be a great event.”

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While Witten may be this year’s featured guest, the Dallas Cowboys Tight End is certainly no stranger to the Club. Growing up in Elizabethton, Witten attended the Club in his youth, and it still holds a place in his heart.

“He does so much for our Boys & Girls Club and kids in our community,” Williams said. “Last year he made a very generous donation of $25,000 to our Club that went to support our literacy program.”

Witten’s continued support of the Boys & Girls Club earned him national recognition in 2017.

“Last year he was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club of America National Hall of Fame,” Williams said. “He has been really active in Clubs here as well as in Texas.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County hosted their first Steak ‘N’ Burger event in 2016, and it was a big success. That first year they were able to raise around $40,000 to support the Club’s programs. Last year, the Club raised over $67,000 with the event.

The Steak ‘N’ Burger event gets its name from the fact that attendees get the chance to enjoy burgers while dining alongside Club members, who enjoy a special steak dinner. The idea behind this special setup is to focus the event on the kids that the Club and the fundraiser provide for. In addition to sitting at the tables with attendees, the Club members will also serve as emcees, tour guides, and greeters for the event.

For Club members, participating in the event means they get to interact with community leaders, practice their table manners, and, for some, even speak on stage.

One change for this year’s Steak ‘N’ Burger event will be the venue. The previous two fundraisers were held at the Club, but this year’s Steak ‘N’ Burger will be held at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton. The venue will provide a better space for the event, according to Williams.

Tickets for the event are not yet on sale, according to Williams. There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities to allow local businesses and individuals to help support the event.

More information on the Steak ‘N’ Burger event will be announced in coming weeks.

For more information on how to get involved in the Boys  & Girls Club or sponsorship opportunities for the Steak ‘N’ Burger event, contact Williams at 423-543-2946.