The St. Francois County Rotary Club is holding its second annual Roasted with Rotary fundraiser Feb. 17 at Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery, located at 6470 Highway F in Farmington.

This year's "roastees" are Matt Sebastian and Chip Peterson. All proceeds from the event go towards the Rotary Peace Park.

The doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person. They must be purchased from any SFC Rotarian prior to the event. No tickets will be sold at the door.

In addition, a reverse raffle will be held with tickets costing $10 a person. The payout will be a minimum of $500 with a progressive pot.

"All of the donations that Rotary receives are put back into the community," said Rotary Social Chair Brenda Jordan. "We have what is called a Rotary Peace Park Fund for a park we will be building somewhere in the county.

"Our hope is to put in a memorial peace park for our servicemen and women, along with police, fire and ambulance personnel and other responders. We've yet to determine a site for the park."

Asked why Sebastian and Peterson were selected to be roasted this year, Jordan said, "Last year we roasted Mark Toti and Rep. Kevin Engler. After last year's event we did a little survey around the room about who everyone would like to see roasted next year and Matt and Chip were at the top of the list."

According to Jordan, both Sebastian and Peterson are upstanding citizens of the community.

"Matt Sebastian is the president of First State Community Bank and Chip Peterson is the owner of Cicis, Steak 'n Shake and Qdoba.

"They've both done very well for Farmington and St. Francois County alike," she said. "They're great sports and are looking forward to the evening and we're expecting a big crowd."

For those who don't know what a reverse raffle is, Jordan said, "You buy raffle tickets for $10 and it's the one time you don't want to hear your number called. You want to be the last person called.

"We do give away fabulous loser prizes throughout the night. Last year we had a Fit Bit and a hi-definition DVR, Cardinals tickets and things like that. We'll randomly draw a loser and they still get a nice prize. That's what our prize sponsors are for - to give away loser prizes - so everybody wins. At the end of the night, it's a minimum of $500, but it depends on how many tickets we sell. It could go up from there."

Additionally, Jordan said sponsorships are still needed at three levels:

Corporate Level: $500 includes a table of eight, special gift, banner at the event and name recognition on all media and print promotions.

Prize Level: Must provide either a gift of at least $250 or a monetary donation of that amount. Includes two "roast" tickets and recognition at the event.

Friend of Rotary: Any donated amount includes name recognition at the event.

For more information, contact Brenda Jordan at 756-6317 (bjordan@theprintingco.biz) or Harry Peterson at 756-6736 (hpeters1@amfam.com).

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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