Tavern memorabilia to be sold on eBay with proceeds “going to the dogs.”
The Texas Tavern announced today that a number of pieces of memorabilia from “Roanoke’s Millionaire’s Club” would be sold in an on-line charity auction to benefit another Roanoke institution – Saint Francis Service Dogs.
“People are constantly asking us for old signs and menu’s as a souvenir from the Tavern,” said Texas Tavern owner Matt Bullington. “I had these old signs and menus collecting dust at home and it hit me that this is what people have been asking for. We wanted to help a Roanoke non-profit and Saint Francis made sense as another organization that was created right here in the Star City.”
Saint Francis Service Dogs raises, trains and places service dogs with people who have disabilities. The dogs help a range of people from children with autism, to adults with severe arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating illnesses. Like the Texas Tavern, Saint Francis is uniquely Roanoke.
“We were so happy the Texas Tavern reached out to us,” said Saint Francis Executive Director Cabell Youell. “It costs $25,000 dollars to raise and train a service dog which we then place for free. We are so dependent upon the goodwill of the community, and fundraisers like this are perfect,” said Youell.
The six items, framed at no charge by Simply Framing by Kristi are have been placed on eBay. Bidding began at 1 p.m. on Wednesday August 22 and ends at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29th.
The items include two club breakfast menu signs, one main menu sign, one that reads, “Chile, you’ll like it” and another that touts the Tavern’s famous Hot Dog Chile.
Photos of the memorabilia can be seen at www.texastavern-inc.com, or the Facebook pages for the Texas Tavern and Saint Francis Service Dogs. The two organizations worked jointly on a You Tube video featuring the sale items, Tavern marketing director Molly Bullington and Saint Francis Dogs sitting at the famous counter alongside some of the restaurant’s patrons.