It’s going to be “a hoot.”
In what organizers hope is an annual fundraiser, the roast of retiring Indiana County Chamber of Commerce President Dana Henry will raise money for the Chevy Chase Community Action Council Inc. But Carson Greene, president of the board of directors, said the event will be a fun evening.
“If you’ve never been to one of those (roasts), it’s really a hoot, it really is,” he said. “It should be a lot of fun.”
The dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 13 at the Rustic Lodge in White Township, with a social hour preceding it at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 by Friday, or $85 after Friday. No tickets will be sold at the door. A panel of area community members will “roast” Henry, making comments and jokes at his expense.
Afterward, he will have a chance to respond in kind, Greene said.
The money will go to support the organization’s programs.
“The vision is to provide services to moderate- to low-income families, elderly (people), disabled (people), to provide a sense of unity, health and wealth and a better quality of life,” said Diane Reese-Walters, executive director of the organization. She said Anthony Frazier will be the master of ceremonies for the event, and that there will be a surprise roaster and guest.
Announced roasters are Byron G. Stauffer Jr., Mark Critz, state Sen. Don White, Greene, Jack Frank, Kathy Yerep, Ellen Ruddock, Bob King, Jay Rubin and Patti Holmes.
Greene said the idea came from a fundraiser for Head Start back in 1992, in which he was roasted. And with Henry retiring, it seemed like a way to honor him as well.
“It’s going to be all good, clean jokes. We all need to laugh now and then,” he said. “There’ll be a nice crowd there.”