By Dan Hobby
The Sample-McDougald House Roast is a fundraising event for the preservation and programming of the historic Sample-McDougald House in Pompano Beach. The event, which will take place on the grounds of the historic Sample-McDougald House, will be a fun evening of good-natured jabs at this year’s guest of honor, Pompano Beach’s “cowboy” city manager, Greg Harrison, a native of “way-out-west” Oklahoma. The theme of the night will be “Jeans, Jacket and Jewels,” so wear your favorite upscale western attire and enjoy a gourmet barbecue feast, musical entertainment and live auction.
The Roast was established in 2002 by the Sample-McDougald House Preservation society, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to help fund the restoration and site development of the 1916 National Register of Historic Places property. Over the years some of the area’s most well-known political and civic leaders have agreed to participate and be a target of celebrity roasters’ humorous barbs. Past guests of honor include William Griffin, William Gallo, Roy Rogers, Kristin Jacobs, Tommy DiGiorgio, Frank H. Furman, Chip LaMarca and Lamar Fisher.
Each of the previous roasts sold out, so get your tickets early. The event has been a significant source of funds for this iconic community landmark. For tickets or sponsorship information, call 754-307-5446 or visit the Sample-McDougald House website at samplemcdougald.org.
WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019; reception starts at 6pm; dinner and program, 7pm
WHERE: Sample-McDougald House at Centennial Park, 450 NE 10th Street, Pompano Beach
COST: $150/per person; tables/$1,500, $3,000 and $5,000
GUEST OF HONOR: Greg Harrison, City Manager, City of Pompano Beach
MASTER OF CEREMONY: John Jurgle, Fire Chief, City of Pompano Beach
ROASTERS: Dennis Beach, former Pompano Beach City Manager; Tommy DiGiorgio, Architect, Real Estate and Restaurant Development; Gene Pridemore; Frank H. Furman; Furman Insurance, Rotary Club