SPRINGFIELD – A Roast honoring retiring Holyoke Police Chief Anthony R. Scott is scheduled Thursday, April 7, at the MassMutual Center on Main Street, with a panel of roasters that features comedian Bill Cosby (in the photo with the Chief).
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner begins at 6 p.m., with a cash bar. The Roast panel will also include area politicians, law enforcement officials and media members.
Scott, who has been police chief in Holyoke since 2001, is retiring in April. During his tenure, he has garnered a reputation of being a no-nonsense crime fighter and often-vocal critic of lenient jail sentences and low bails.
Ticket prices are $40 per person or $375 per table of ten (10).
The tickets are available at:
• Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, One Monarch Place, Suite 1200 , Springfield. Telephone: (413) 736-4538.
• Holyoke Police Department – 138 Appleton St., Chief’s Office. Telephone (413) 322-6901.
The tickets can be picked up in person or by sending a check made payable to “Chief Scott Retirement Roast” to either location. The tickets will be returned by mail.
The masters of ceremony are Brad Shepard, co-host of the WHYN Morning Show, and Michael A. “Bax” Baxendale, co-host of the WAQY Rock 102, the Bax & O’Brien show. The “Inquisitional Court” will include Cosby, an award winning comedian and star of “The Cosby Show” and co-star of the long-running “I Spy” television series.
Other members of the roast panel are expected to include U.S. Sen. Scott Brown; state Sen. Michael R. Knapik; former Holyoke Mayor Michael J. Sullivan; Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno; and Chicopee Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette.
Also: Hampden County District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni; Springfield lawyer Meghan B. Sullivan; Chicopee Police Chief John R. Ferraro, Jr.; Bo Sullivan of the WHYN Morning Show, John O’Brien of Rock 102; Jim Polito of WTAG News Talk Radio in Worcester; Barry Kriger, WWLP-TV news anchor; Ray Hershel, abc40; and Baxendale and Shepard.
Various media representatives, and friends and supporters of Chief Scott are members of the Retirement Roast Planning Committee.
The proceeds from the Roast will benefit the Valley Press Club scholarship program. The dinner menu includes chicken breast stuffed with sweet sausage apple stuffing, red bliss home-style mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.