Sold-out crowd to attend community dinner

Annual event honors those who contribute to Auburn
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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Tonight the night belongs to Auburn. More than 300 people have purchased tickets to attend the 12th Annual Auburn State of the Community Dinner Friday night at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. The sold-out event will feature the recipients of the community’s most prestigious awards and messages from city, county and business officials about the state of the community. “It’s a very proud evening for the community,” said Bruce Cosgrove, Auburn Chamber of Commerce CEO. Cosgrove said the event will return to the site of its first few dinners – the fairgrounds – and feature local catering from the Auburn 49ers Lions Club and table service from Jobs’ Daughters. Cosgrove said the move back to the fairgrounds has allowed event organizers to use local services and feature local wines as well as cut the ticket cost. “Part of the decision was because of the economy and secondly, the bigger reason was we wanted to involved local service clubs,” Cosgrove said. “ This event is an Auburn event.” Cosgrove said one of the highlights of the evening will be honoring the award recipients, which include the prestigious McCann Award winner, Bart Ruud. “Every year we have lots of comments from people who attend expressing how special Auburn is and how fortunate we are to have the people who are being honored that night in our community,” Cosgrove said. “It will be a really nice evening. We’re looking forward to it.” The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at or post a comment.