The heat is being turned up on the Cherokee County sheriff, but all for a good cause.
Sheriff Roger Garrison has agreed to be “roasted” by community leaders at the 10th annual Charity Roast to benefit the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club set for September, the organization announced Wednesday.
“I’m honored to offer myself to help raise these much needed funds for one of the most worthy causes in Cherokee County,” Garrison said.
The event, which annually draws more than 500 people, is Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton.
The roast historically raises more than $75,000 for the club on Univeter Road. The Boys & Girls Club offers a variety of programs and activities to its youth members in an effort to empower them to become productive adults.
“It is a privilege to serve the boys and girls of the Malon D. Mimms Club and I am delighted Roger Garrison has agreed to be the ‘roastee,’” said Tony Harrison, board chair.
Cherokee County Manager Jerry Cooper is chairman of the 2013 Roast Committee.
Cooper said he has enlisted the help of talented “roasters,” whose job is to poke fun at Garrison for the delight of the audience.
Roasters include: Rhubarb Jones, thelongest- running morning radio personality in the Atlanta radio market; Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations; Alan Jordan, State Court judge; and Rebecca Johnston, managing editor of the Cherokee Tribune.
Jamie Bendall, owner of the Punchline Comedy Club and professional comedian, will be the master of ceremonies for the fourth year, “turning up the heat” on Garrison.
“The funds raised from the annual Charity Roast help the local Boys & Girls Club offer after-school services, leadership development programs and a safe haven for at-risk and disadvantaged youth in our community. By pulling together, we can make a difference,” Cooper said.
Tickets for the roast are $75 per person and include a cocktail reception, live entertainment and a buffet of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, along with the opportunity to bid and win desirable silent and live auction items. Center Cut Catering, one of the preferred caterers at the conference center, has been selected to cater the affair.
Sponsors include the Malon D. Mimms Company, Northside Hospital-Cherokee, AT&T and the Cherokee Tribune.
Other Roast Committee members include Amy Turcotte, Larry Woolard, Laura Mikszan, Tom Roach, Marla Prince, Doug Foley, Mike Byrd, Glen Johnson vand Ed Ragsdale.
For more information, contact Cooper at (678) 493-6008 or email jcoop firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Roast website at www.cherokeega.com/