By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Spring will be in the air on Saturday, Feb. 22, when Virginia’s Square One hosts a special BBQ rib benefit dinner, raffle drawing and silent auction at Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe in downtown Virginia.
Proceeds from the event will be used to transform the Byus Building that once housed the Ben Franklin dime store into a 4,800 square foot community center. Total cost is expected to be $200,000.
The Feb. 22 event, which gets started at 6 p.m., will feature BBQ pork ribs prepared by the Bent Bones Competition BBQ Team.
Guests will have an opportunity to bid on the many items donated for the silent auction. Two much sought after items will be Field Box tickets at Wrigley Field when the Cubs face the Cardinals. Bidders will have their choice of two tickets for a May 2 day game and two tickets for a Sept. 22 night game. Tickets for both games are in section 111.
Those interested in a prized item from a future Cub pitching star will want to bid on a baseball glove autographed by Virginia’s own Eric Jokisch. The powerful southpaw was drafted by the Cubs in 2010 and this year was invited to Cubs spring training. Imagine owning this glove the day Jokisch gets the better of the Cardinals.
Another item of special interest is an upland game guided hunt for two at famed Prairie Wind Hunt Club in Arlington, Kan. The item includes two nights lodging plus meals.
Other items include Cardinal tickets, unique Christmas ornaments, a handmade comforter, a handcrafted cedar glider and much more.
Those who cannot attend may submit maximum bids on any item at
no later than Feb. 20.
Also, the raffle drawing for the 1984 Oldsmobile Omega will take place. Raffle tickets are still available at Petefish, Skiles & Co. Bank.
The cost of the dinner is only $25 per person. Reservations are required and may be made at Dr. Ugs or by calling 452-3442.
Square One’s efforts received a major shot in the arm last year when an anonymous donor pledged $100,000 to the nonprofit 501(c)(3) community organization on the condition Square One raise another $100,000. The funds are earmarked for the community center project.