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Winter roast raises over $30K for journalism education

Saturday, January 31, 2015   (0 Comments)
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JACKSON – One of Mississippi's most respected statesmen was honored at a Celebrity Roast held by the state's newspaper press corps to raise money for journalism education.


Former Gov. William Winter was roasted during the annual benefit for the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation. The event raised over $30,000 for the internship, scholarship and grant programs of MPAEF.


Winter, 91, served as the state's chief executive from 1980-1983. A native of Grenada County, he served in a number of elected capacities throughout his career.


Roasters included his former Chief of Staff Andy Mullins, former Clarion-Ledger executive editor Charles Overby, Tougaloo College President Dr. Beverly Hogan and longtime journalist and educator David Hampton. Clarion-Ledger editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey served as roastmaster for the event.


"When they called and asked me to roast Gov. Winter, I said there was no way I could do it. I respect him too much," said Mullins. "But when they explained it was more like a 'toast,' I accepted."


That didn't except Winter from numerous jokes about his advancing years and multiple failed election campaigns he ran throughout the 1960s and 70s. All panelists agreed, however, Winter was a champion of the average citizen and the children of Mississippi, having pushed through the historic Education Reform Act of 1982.


"When I found out about this event, I called the press association and told them to tell the chef I want my roast 'well done,'" Winter joked. "But I am relieved I got off this easy. And my roast has, indeed, been well done."


BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi served as Diamond Sponsor for the event. Gold sponsors included AT&T, C Spire, Community Bank and the Mississippi Economic Council.

Founded in 1983, the MPA Education provides scholarships and newspaper internships to in-state students of journalism and communications, and grants to in-state colleges and universities for instructional programs.


See photos from the MPAEF Roast of William Winter. 

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