JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi Press Association’s Education Foundation Celebrity Roast of Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann raised more than $26,000 for the organization’s internship, scholarship and grant programs.
A crowd of about 250 people attended last week’s event in Jackson.
The event honored the two-term secretary of state who watched and listened as friends and associates took turns alternating skewering and praising the politician.
Gov. Phil Bryant was a surprise guest for the evening, making an appearance following a legislative event.
Bryant himself is a past honoree of the event, founded in 1990 to raise funds for the MPA Foundation.
The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over two decades and has honored politicians, entertainers and journalists, among others.