Dinner & Roast

16th ANNUAL DINNER AND ROAST
FOR THE EL PASO CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER

 

A roast is an event in which a specific individual, the guest of honor, is subjected to good-natured jokes at their expense intended to amuse the event's wider audience. In addition to jokes and insult comedy, the events may also involve genuine praise and tributes. The implication is that the roastee can take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult, and it is seen by some as a great honor to be roasted. The individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment during the evening.

Each fall, the Center hosts its largest fundraiser – a dinner and roast – at the El Paso Country Club. This event raises critical funds to ensure the Center continues to grow and serve more children. The evening starts at 5:30pm with a cocktail hour while participants learn about the Center via walking through a display and listening to music. Dinner follows, with a program. Program content is facilitated by a Master of Ceremonies and consists of testimonials from Center clients, information about why the Center needs community support, and four friends of the Roastee who provide a memorable evening of honoring the Roastee through personal and funny stories. Previous Roastees include:

  • 2002: Richard Pearson
  • 2003: Carl Green
  • 2004: Gary Hedrick
  • 2005: Hank Hernandez
  • 2006: Clay Lowenfield
  • 2007: Russ Vandenburg
  • 2008: Myrna Deckert
  • 2009: Bob Wingo
  • 2010: Richard Dayoub
  • 2011: Tim Floyd
  • 2012: Zuill Bailey
  • 2013: Dr. Manny de la Rosa
  • 2014: Emma Wollschlager Schwartz
  • 2015: Paul Foster
  • 2016: Keitha Adams

 

Who is the Roastee?
The Center’s volunteer Board of Directors identifies a community leader who is dedicated to improving the lives of fellow El Pasoans.  The Roastee’s responsibilities include identifying family and friends to invite, encouraging their individual personal and business contacts to support the Center and child mental health via donating to the Center, and enjoying the evening.  

All proceeds of this event will directly benefit the children and families we serve in the El Paso community.

This year's Roastee: 

Mary E. Kipp, President and Chief Executive Officer, El Paso Electric 

Mary is responsible for oversight of the Company’s overall operations and also serves on the Company’s Board of Directors.  Kipp has been with El Paso Electric since December 31, 2007, and has held various positions and has overseen many divisions of the Company, including regulatory and rates, human resources, external affairs, public relations and environmental, health and safety.  Kipp has also served as the Company’s President, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. 

 

Before rejoining El Paso Electric, Kipp spent four years as a senior enforcement attorney in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., where she investigated and prosecuted violations of federal energy laws.  Before entering government service, Kipp was an attorney at Greenberg Traurig LLP, El Paso Electric Company and at El Paso Natural Gas Company.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Williams College in Massachusetts, a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and is an alumnus of Exeter College, Oxford University. 

 

In addition to her duties with El Paso Electric, Ms. Kipp is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - El Paso Branch; WestStar Bank; and Shared Assessments.  She also serves as Chairwoman of the Borderplex Alliance.  She is a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council and WomenCorporateDirectors.

 

Event date:
Thursday, October 26th, 2017 

Event time:  
5:30pm – Check-in & Cocktail reception 
6:30pm – Dinner and roast

Event location:
El Paso Country Club - 5000 Country Club Place, El Paso, Texas 79922

Event cost:
$125 – Individual tickets  
$1,250 – Table of 10
(See sponsorship opportunities below)

To purchase tickets or become a sponsor:
Please call 915-562-1999 or email Nicole Kent, Director of Operations at NKent@epcgc.org 

Roast Sponsor Levels

Platinum Level Sponsor$10,000

  • Presenting Event Sponsor
  • Three table reservations (Seating for thirty guests – $3,750 value)
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation by placing a plaque with sponsor name at the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) room entry at the EPCGC Center for one year
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation in program (with large logo) if confirmed by September 15
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation on EPCGC website, social media, press releases, and all other event materials
  • Appreciation gift to display in location of your choice delivered after the event
  • Recognition at event

Gold Level Sponsor$7,500

  • Two table reservations (Seating for twenty guests – $2,500 value)
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation in program (with medium logo) if confirmed by September 15
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation on EPCGC website, social media and press releases
  • Appreciation gift to display in location of your choice delivered after the event
  • Recognition at event

Silver Level Sponsor$5,000

  • One table reservation (Seating for ten guests – $1,250 value)
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation in program (with small logo) if confirmed by September 15
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation on EPCGC website, social media and press release
  • Recognition at event

Bronze Level Sponsor $2,500

  • One table reservation (Seating for ten guests - $1,250 value)
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation in program (with text only) if confirmed by September 15
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation on EPCGC website and social media
  • Recognition at event

Copper Level Sponsor$1,500

  • Half table reservation (Seating for five guests - $625 value)
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation in program (with text only) if confirmed by September 15
  • Acknowledgement of appreciation on EPCGC website and social media
  • Recognition at event