The 10th annual Charity Roast to benefit a local Boys & Girls Club is Thursday, and Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison said he’s getting “a little nervous.”
Well-known local personalities are going to turn up the heat on Garrison from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The event will benefit the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club in Canton.
Community leaders will poke fun at Garrison to entertain people at the annual event, which usually draws an audience of more than 500.
“I’m excited but nervous, all the same,” Garrison said Friday. “I do not have a clue (what they’ll ‘roast’ me about). I have a good relationship with all of them, and it depends on where they went to get their research and how colorful they can be. Quite frankly, I think I’m a pretty boring person.”
Cherokee County Manager Jerry Cooper, chairman of the 2013 Roast Committee, said the event is estimated to bring in about $80,000 this year, contributing to a 10-year total of more than $500,000 raised for the charity, and thanked Garrison for his participation.
“On behalf of the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, I want to thank Sheriff Roger Garrison for agreeing to be roasted at this year’s Charity Roast,” Cooper said Friday.
Professional comedian and owner of the Punchline Comedy Club, Jamie Bendall, will be the master of ceremonies for the fourth year, and will interject his own comments.
“It’s to raise money for the kids, and I hope we raise a lot of money,” Garrison said. “Jerry Cooper does a fantastic job with this every year.”
This year’s “roasters” are Rhubarb Jones, the longest-running morning radio personality in the Atlanta radio market; Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations; Casey Cagle, lieutenant governor; Alan Jordan, State Court judge; and Rebecca Johnston, managing editor of the Cherokee Tribune.
Garrison said he and Keenan have been working together through law enforcement for more than 25 years, and said he’s good friends with Cagle.
“I do know that (Cagle) has sent some of his operatives to the county to gain some background, and I’m assuming some ‘roasting’ points,” Garrison said.
“And Judge Jordan is sort of the missing link. I understand he’s been talking to some of my high school classmates and football players.”
Garrison said he’s known Jones for more than 20 years, and said “he’s basically a stand-up comedian as it is.”
“I have no clue what he’ll come up with,” Garrison said. “And, Rebecca, nobody knows the history of my career better than her, so I think it’s going to be interesting.”
Tickets are $75 per person, which includes a cocktail reception, live entertainment and a buffet of hors d’oeuvres, along with the opportunity to bid on and win items in the silent and live auction. The event will take place at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton.
“I’ve been asked a number of times before, but I’ve always said I’d wait until I wasn’t running for office again and that happens to be this year,” Garrison said. “So here we go.”
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the official website at http://www.cherokeega.com/roast.