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Visalia Downtown Rotarians to roast Stan Simpson on Feb. 23 for the club’s inaugural charity fundraiser

Visalia Downtown Rotarians to roast Stan Simpson on Feb. 23 for the club’s inaugural charity fundraiser

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VISALIA – What do you do when you get the chance to honor a fourth-generation Visalian who has dedicated their free time to the Visalia Rotary Club as president, Visalia Economic Development Corporation as president and once owned the Visalia Oaks in the 1980s? Well the answer is simple: make fun of him.

All in good fun the Downtown Rotary Club will host its inaugural roast featuring Stan Simpson as the hot seat guest.

Downtown Visalia Rotarian Stan Simpson selected to be roasted by club for charity.

The roast will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Visalia Convention Center starting with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and roast at 7 p.m. Friends, family, and colleagues of Simpson can expect an evening full of good fun, for a great cause. Guests will also enjoy dancing to music by Run4Cover.

The fundraiser proceeds will help support the many good causes of Rotary, including the Ruth Wood Hospice House, crime prevention, and scholarships for Visalia graduates.

Dinner and roast tickets are $100 each and sponsorship opportunities are available.

“I was honored when the Downtown Rotary foundation asked me to be the guest for their inaugural roast. This roast will add a fun element to the event, and benefit many deserving community organizations,” Simpson says.

While a long time Visalian Simpson parted with his hometown roots when he obtained a bachelor’s degree in insurance and real estate in 1963 from San Jose State University and began his insurance career with Buckman-Mitchell, Inc., in 1964, working for his grandfather C.T. Buckman, who founded the agency.

Within the community, Simpson and his wife, Wendy, have supported many good causes. And he has also been awarded many titles for his accomplishments, such as Man of the Year by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce in 1995, and he was awarded the Ramsden-Sullivan award in recognition of his outstanding service to the insurance industry and the community.

For tickets or additional information contact Paul Hurley, paulhurley@gmail.com, or call 740-3677.

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