Head basketball coach Rick Barnes got the Steak 'n' Burger off to a great start in 2016 when he not only attracted a large crowd, but decided to match the donations made on the day of the event. Last year, John Currie, then the university’s athletic director, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd.
There is no doubt this year will see the club's Steak 'n' Burger break all records, as the club's most famous alumni, Jason Witten, will be joined by his coach at the University of Tennessee, Phillip Fulmer.
Witten, who played at Elizabethton High School and for the Volunteers, is always a tremendous draw in Elizabethton, never more so than now, just a month after his nationally publicized retirement from the Dallas Cowboys to become an analyst on Monday Night Football this fall.
Witten has always maintained close ties to Elizabethton, both with his annual free football camp and with visiting and supporting the Boys & Girls Club.
It was anticipated that with Witten and Fulmer as speakers, the Steak 'n' Burger would have to move to a larger dining hall than the one that provided space for the first two events. That is why this year's Steak 'n' Burger, scheduled for Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m., will be held at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton in the Watauga Industrial Park.
Despite the larger facility, all of the large sponsorship tables are already sold out. Individual tickets won't even go on sale until Thursday and they are expected to sell out very quickly. Individual tickets are $100. Contact the club at Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County, 107 Hudson Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or email to [email protected] to place orders.
Steak ‘n’ Burger, presented by Citizens Bank, is a critical fundraiser for the club, which serves over 500 boys and girls. Club leaders say the event is “all about the kids,” and that is symbolized by the club’s members sitting with the adults at each of the table. While the adults enjoy a juicy burger, the children are served a special steak dinner.