Gazette News Report
XENIA — Denny Morrison will be the main course when the Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center hosts a roast, Saturday Oct. 22.
The annual event, which traditionally brings in community leaders who are willing to have a little fun “poked ” at them, will feature the current Xenia Community Schools superintendent as the guest of honor and butt of jokes.
The 6 p.m. event will feature a catered Italian meal and plenty of light-hearted fun. The roast is one of the center’s largest fund-raisers and supports one of the center’s most needy programs, home-delivered meals. Judy Baker, the center’s executive director, said the meal program provides meals to the elderly in the community who cannot cook for themselves or who cannot go out to restaurants. Baker added that the demand for meals continues to grow every year. Last year, almost 30,000 meals were delivered in the Xenia and surrounding area and the program is running at a 15 percent increase. Some individuals are unable to pay for their meals and fund-raisers, like these roasts are a vehicle to help raise money for the program, according to Baker.
Morrison was selected as the Xenia Community Schools superintendent during the 2013-2014 school year. He has indicated his goal as Xenia’s superintendent is to make sure every single child experiences success at school every day.
“He has done so much for the community and he is a leader among the seniors as well,” Baker said. “He has taken the time to come to the center on many occasions and made sure the seniors are well informed on upcoming levy issues involving both the new elementary schools and now the upcoming Issue 21 for the junior high and high school.”
There is still time to get a ticket to Saturday’s event. Call the center at 937-376-4353 and reserve a seat. Tickets are $20. Past “roastees” have included such dignitaries as former Mayor Phyllis Pennewitt, current Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, and past superintendent Jeff Lewis.
Roast sponsors are: Greene Oaks Nursing Center; DODDS Monuments; Thomas Neeld; McIlvaine Realtors; Key Chrysler and Key Mobility; Nick’s Restaurant; Reichley Insurance; Hospitility Center for Rehab and Wellness; Hillside Assisted Living/Jim and Mary Lou Preston; Montgomery Insurance & Investments; and Collett Propane Inc.
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz