After serving as a roaster and emcee for previous celebrity roasts, Dr. Ray Carson was the guest of honor Saturday at the third Ebby Glockner Celebrity Charity Roast.
A panel of friends and relatives took their turns ribbing Carson at Shawnee State University's Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. But they also closed their remarks by saying something nice about him and hugging him.
The roasters were Dr. George Petitt, Beth Haney, Bill Warnock, Dr. Clyde Fenton, Chuck Ison, Brad McMahon, Kent Carson, Clark Carson and a special guest roaster from Hollywood, actor Robert Fuller.
Fuller's remarks were made through an audio tape.
Carson's son-in-law, Dr. Mike Raies served as emcee and also took some verbal shots at Carson.
Besides being an optometrist for 50 years, Carson is a member of the National Eye Research Foundation, the International Society of Ocular Science, the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, the Ohio State Optometry Association and the American Optometric Association.
The format was similar to the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts in of the 1970s.
Comedian Tom Mabe warmed up the crowd by poking fun at a variety of topics, including fast food drive-thrus, taxes, low-carb diets and telemarketers.
Mabe got his biggest laugh of the night when he ended his set with a song about his daughter growing up to shoot “Girls Gone Wild” videos.
Before the show began, attendees gathered in the arts center lobby for a reception.
Proceeds from the roast will benefit the Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice Center, the Main Street USA Committee, the Red Cross and the Boneyfiddle Events Committee.
The BEC has raised about $35,000 from the previous roasts.
Ebby Glockner and Dr. George Pettit were the roastees in the first two roasts.
Along with donating about $2,000 or $3,000 each to several local charities, the BEC also awards a $2,000 scholarship for a student to attend SSU.
JEFF BARRON can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 236.