Placer County Sheriff to be subject of celebrity roast

Roasters will raise funds for Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center
By: By Gus Thomson Gold Country News Service
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The jokes and the tributes are bound to be flying Friday in Loomis as fast as a Placer County Sheriff’s Office helicopter.

The Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center in Lincoln is putting on a celebrity roast and the target is Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner.

Bonner, the county’s sheriff since 1994, will be roasted by a lineup that includes Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence, Auburn attorney Tom Leupp, former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGuiness, Placer County District Attorney Scott Owens, Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt and Pride Industries CEO Michael Ziegler. Undersheriff Devon Bell is slotted in for emcee duties.

While the zingers at a roast can sometimes zero in on poking fun at their subject, one of the speakers said Monday that he’ll be starting it off with a tribute to a former student and good friend.

Retired Del Oro High School teacher Jack Sanchez said that he has known Bonner since 1965, when the future sheriff arrived as a freshman.

“He’s been a leader ever since he was a kid,” Sanchez said. “He was a great track athlete and he became the greatest middle-distance runner that Del Oro ever had. I was his coach.”

Sanchez remembers Bonner as an Eagle Scout, student body president and “a charmer,” who led off a 400-meter relay team that placed fourth in the state his senior year.

“What a great choice – and he’ll enjoy every minute of it,” Sanchez said. “He’s been a great kid and a great human being. The job he does has made him the most admired politician in Placer County. Nothing I say will be bad.”

Angela Ponivas, executive director of The Lighthouse, said she regards celebrity roast targets as

sacrificial lambs who benefit the organization and the community at large.

“Last year was so much fun with Robert (Weygandt) and I have to say, with Ed, I expect it to be incredible,” Ponivas said. “Ed’s so well known and people have told me there are so many awesome stories about him.”

Tickets available

Billed as “an evening of sidesplitting laughter,” the event starts with a reception at 6 p.m. Dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. and the roast gets under way at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and available for $50 per person. Location is the Blue Goose, 3550 Taylor Road in Loomis.

For details, contact 408-6944 or angela@light The Lighthouse is a nonprofit counseling and family resource center.