Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner to be subject of celebrity roast in Loomis

Roasters will raise funds for The Lighthouse in Lincoln
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Sheriff Ed Bonner



The jokes and the tributes will bound to be flying Friday in Loomis as fast as a Placer County’s Sheriff’s Office helicopter.

The Lighthouse of 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 things off with a tribute to a former student and good friend.

Retired Del Oro High School teacher Jack Sanchez said that he’s 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 over 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 4th 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 underway at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and available for $50 per person. Location is the Blue Goose, 3550 Taylor Road in Loomis.

For more information, contact (916) 408-6944 or The Lighthouse is a nonprofit counseling and family resource center in Lincoln.