SIKESTON - Local businessman Phil Boyer has consented
to be the guest of honor at the Sikeston Area Chamber
of Commerce's annual "Gentle Roast" set for Nov. 29 at
the Sikeston Elks Lodge, 349 Dona St.
"Yeah, they needed a big ol' target so they picked me,
I guess," Boyer chuckled.
The event is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. with the
program starting at 7 p.m.
The identity of the "roasters" - friends and
associates of Boyer - is a closely-guarded secret.
"They won't let me know who the roasters are," said
Boyer. "I wish I did because I need to gather up some
things on them. I don't know what to expect."
Serving as master of ceremonies this year will be Mike
Marshall. "I probably was chosen since I'm on the city
council with Phil and on the Southeast Missouri Port
Authority with him. So I've known him a long time," he
Having been roasted himself several years ago in
addition to having served as emcee for the event in
the past, Marshall has an idea of what to expect.
His duty is to move the program along and to introduce
the roasters who will fling their good-natured barbs
"I'll keep it moving pretty good," Marshall said. "In
fact, I'll probably be roasting the roasters when I
introduce them as well as Phil."
The wisecracks, zingers and one-liners are all in good
fun. "It's pretty funny - after it's over," Marshall
Several local restaurants and businesses will provide
appetizers and dessert including Dexter BBQ,
Jeremiah's, Rebecca Sharp, Rodchester's, Sikeston
Market Place, Susie's, Wal-Mart, the Meat Shop,
LaBonne Maison and the Malone Avenue Grill.
Tickets for the Gentle Roast are $20 with proceeds
going to the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce. "It
ought to be a lot of fun and they ought to raise a lot
of money - the Chamber could sure use it," said Boyer.
SACC Director Missy Marshall noted the money is used
for the Chamber's Capital Improvement Fund, paying for
such recent improvements as the painting of the
In addition to benefiting the chamber, she described
the event as a time to share fun, food and friendship.
"This is a great opportunity to honor and poke fun at
a Sikeston citizen who has done a lot for his
community," she said. "Phil has been involved in many
community organizations and events and is definitely
showing he is a good sport by being our honored
Those interested in purchasing tickets can get them at
the SACC office near the airport, from any Chamber
board member, or at the door.
For more information, call 471-2498.