BBQ helps give back

Activities, raffle, auction planned
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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It’s time to enjoy some barbecue, the company of friends and give back to the community. The Rotary Club of Downtown Auburn is hosting its annual The Spirit of Auburn Community Barbecue from 5-8 p.m. today at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. The dinner includes chicken, tri-tip, salmon, ribs, beans, corn, salad, bread and dessert. Event highlights are scheduled to include raffle prizes, a silent auction and special activities for children. Proceeds from the barbecue will go toward the Auburn Community Garden, Auburn Symphony, Children’s Faire, local high school grad nights, Peace for Families, Placer County Arts, Project Auburn, Salvation Army, the Boys & Girls Club and more. Jeff Ambrosia, chairman of the event, said the club raised $39,000 last year and is hoping to raise $45,000 this year. “(The barbecue) is hugely important to the community because of the amount of money we are able to raise and give back to the community,” Ambrosia said. “The community support we have received so far has been fantastic as far as corporate sponsorships. The small businesses in town have really stepped up to the plate.” Barbara Besana, president of the club, said the barbecue has been an annual event for about 28 years. Besana said the dinner-auction also gives Auburn a chance to come together and reconnect. “We named the barbecue the Spirit of Auburn Community Barbecue, and that kind of epitomizes it for us,” she said. “It’s a real community event where people like to come out and network, and socialize and have good food.” Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for kids 13 years old and younger. Tickets are available at the event or through any Auburn Rotarian. Reach Bridget Jones at