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MPA to roast BancorpSouth chairman

BancorpSouth Chairman  Aubrey B. Patterson will be roasted by the Mississippi Press Association at an annual benefit for its education foundation.

Patterson, 69, has served as executive chairman and chief executive officer of Tupelo-based BancorpSouth since 1991. He previously served as president and CEO from 1983-1991. He currently serves as a board member for the Mississippi Board of Institutions of Higher Learning and is a former director for North Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and earned his masters degree from Michigan State University. He was elected to the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame in 1997.

Roastmaster for the event will again be Sid Salter, director of University Relations at Mississippi State University and longtime syndicated columnist. Tickets for the event will go on sale in late November.

The 23rd annual Roast to benefit the MPA Education Foundation will be held Feb. 7 at the Jackson Marriott Downtown. In over two decades, the event has raised thousands of dollars to benefit the scholarship, internship and grant programs of MPAEF

A reception will be held at 6 p.m.; dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $80 each or a table of eight is available for $600.

The MPA Education Foundation was established in 1983 to provide internships and scholarships for aspiring journalists and grants for instructional programs at in-state universities and colleges. MPA, founded in 1866, is the trade group for 120 member-newspapers in the Magnolia State.

Registration & Sponsor Information
Click here to buy tickets online
Download a registration form to return by fax or mail
Download information on sponsorship opportunities

Click here to see a list of prior Celebrity Roast honorees

Kimberly Haydu, Business/Event Manager
Mississippi Press Association
601-981-3060 x237



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