Shelby County mayors to be roasted

Mayor Stancil Handley works with CASA Board Member Helen Dean to prepare for the upcoming roast. (contributed)

Mayor Stancil Handley works with CASA Board Member Helen Dean to prepare for the upcoming roast. (contributed)

By BETH CHAPMAN / Community Columnist

How many mayors does it take to hold a charity roast in Shelby County to benefit abused and neglected children? The answer is 13. That is how many mayors are in Shelby County and they will all be roasted on Tuesday evening, Aug. 27, at the Pelham Civic Complex. A silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and the roast to follow at 6:30 p.m.

Former Mayor Bobby Hayes will help conduct the roast and everyone knows that he takes no prisoners – never has and never will. So all the mayors, but particularly the new ones may want to suit up for Mayor Hayes’ sharp wit and downhome sense of humor. He tends to know things that others don’t and he doesn’t mind sharing them.

The fun has already begun as I called Mayor McAllister and he called Mayor McLaughlin a clown. You should have heard what Mayor McLaughlin called him. There will be lots of fun pitting Alabaster against Pelham and lumping the trio of Harpersville, Westover and Vincent into a few stereotypes together. Lots of clean spirited fun will be had by all.

The mayors being “honored” are: Mayor Jon Graham of Calera, Mayor Earl Niven of Chelsea, Mayor Holly Cost, Montevallo; Mayor Gary Waters, Pelham; Marty Handlon, Alabaster; Mayor Theo Perkins, Vincent; Mayor Mark Hall, Helena; Mayor Marty Handlon, Alabaster; Mayor Stancil Handley, Columbiana; Mayor Lee McCarty, Wilsonville; Mayor Brenda Bell-Guercio, Indian Springs and Mary Mark McLaughlin of Westover. The only mayor who cannot attend due to a previous engagement is Wilton Mayor Joe Fancher. Therefore, he will more than likely be the brunt of a few jokes in absentia.

CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains volunteers to go through the court process with abused and neglected children. They are funded in part by the Children’s Trust Fund, a Shelby County Community Grant and they are an Associate member of United Way of Central Alabama.

The public is invited to attend the roast. Tickets can be purchased by calling 243-8753.