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By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Its all for a good cause, but you can sure expect some embarrassing stories to come with the 22nd Annual Wilson County Public Library Roast as the Library Board announced Wednesday morning that Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sue Vanatta will be this years roastee.

Public Library Deputy Director Nancy Fowler said the announcement was made Wednesday morning on 98.9 WANT FM and said the roast will take place on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m., at Castle Heights Elementary School.

Im very honored to be asked, I think, Vanatta laughed. But really, its such a good cause, I look forward to helping the Library.

As for who is going to be revealing embarrassing stories, good memories and jokes, Vanatta said she still has one or two more roasters to choose, but said most are already in place.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe, Mark Lee, an attorney for Lee & Lee Attorneys; Patricia Bone and Vanattas daughters, Mitzi Blair and Monica Alsup, will be her roasters.

(Mitzi and Monica) are going to tag-team, so I am not sure what they are going to do, Vanatta said.

The roast has been a strong fund raiser for the public library for the past 22 years, as Fowler pointed out they have raised $173,000 since it began. Last years roast, where Chip Smith, owner of Rose Tire & Service, was roasted, the event raised $6,537.

The money thats raised is used for matching grants, computers, equipment, things that arent covered in our budget, Fowler said.

Vanatta said she hopes to sell around 20 tables worth of tickets for the event in order to help the Library and pointed out shes already sold several.

Tickets are on sale now at the Lebanon/Wilson County Public Library and cost $25 per person. Vanatta said the Chamber would have tickets for sale by Friday or Monday, Feb. 13.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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