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Roast: Humorous event benefits Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers

Posted: January 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Left to right, Morris Thomas, John Heys, Don Fleming, Bob Kellar, Duane Harte and Steve Sturgeon.

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It was an evening of hijinks and hilarity at the Elks Lodge in Canyon Country. John Heys, CEO of Heys Plumbing, took his place on the hot seat at the 14th annual Elks Roast, to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers.

“This is scary,” said Heys “They’ve got me worried, but it’s for a great cause. I turned them down a couple of times, then Bob Kellar cornered me.”

Heys wife, Debbie, said she helped convince her husband to accept the roast invitation.

“He convinced me to do ‘Dancing with Our Stars,’ so it’s only fair that he do the roast,” she said.

City Councilman, emcee and the first roast honoree, Bob Kellar said he was looking forward to “learning everything” about Heys.

The event attracted more than 130 guests, who enjoyed a live auction and dinner prepared by the Elks Barbecue Committee.

Javier Hernandez, of Valencia Cigars & International Newstand, donated a selection of cigars and humidors to the live auction.

“We are donating Diamond Crown cigars, a super-premium cigar from the Dominican Republic,” Javier said.

Other items donated to the live auction included: use of a beach vacation home in Maui, Six Flags VIP Tour for eight, “Sweet Lord” golf package, Elks Barbecue Committee, the Jay Leno Experience and other items.

Cheryl Laymon, executive director of the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, said the organization provided 11,000 health care patient visits in 2011, for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.

“We are very honored that John Heys agreed to be the roastee this year,” she said. “We are so thankful that the Elks make us the beneficiary of this event each year. Every dollar we raise is another dollar for patient care.”

Heys was roasted by his sons, Dale and John Heys, Jr., as well as Duane Harte, Steve Sturgeon, Morris Thomas and Don Fleming.

Sons Dale and John Heys Jr. commented on their father’s current lack of hands on plumbing experience and his familiarity with Santa Clarita Valley golf courses.

Plumbing jokes were the centerpiece of the evening.

Last year’s roastee, Duane Harte,  said he received a note from a famous plumber to pass along to Heyes:

“Dear Bubba, pull up your pants and put on some cologne, signed Mike Diamond.”

Steve Sturgeon offered a “revival” style speech with Heys cast as “the devil.”

Thomas brought along some “visual” aides, including a poster of the “Jazz Plumber” to the delight of the audience.

Don Fleming, roaster “extraordinaire,” offered up an extensive selection of jokes accompanied by an amusing slide show.

Heys was allowed his turn at the microphone in “rebuttal” to his tormentors.

Heys was given a standing ovation by the audience at the end of the night.

mbuttelman@the-signal.com

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