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Swindell’s on the hot seat

The Greater Ennis United Way’s Sixth Annual Roast will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Thursday, Feb. 26.

This year’s honoree/roastee is Nancy Swindell. Swindell’s active involvement in the Ennis community makes her the perfect subject for the light-hearted event. Swindell is the current president of the Downtown Merchants Association and an enthusiastic member and past president of the Ennis Garden Club. She also works at Garden Gate Floral and Gifts designing and decorating many of the houses in the community.

“We are praying for a successful roast this year,” said Julie Pierce. “We are short by about $50,000 for our campaign this year and look forward to making up some of that difference with the roast. I am sure the economy has played a major role in this shortfall.”
Pierce also said that although there are many generous businesses and individuals in Ennis who are still giving this year, the shaky economy has lessened their contributions.

“Unfortunately the needs of the organizations that the Greater Ennis United Way benefits will not decrease,” Pierce said. “With the exception of some small administrative costs, all of the money goes back out into the community through the agencies it supports.”

The Greater Ennis United Way helps support ACROSS, American Red Cross, The Boys and Girls Club, Candy Cane Corner, Ellis Foster Parents, Ennis Golden Circle, The Gingerbread House, Helping Hands of Ennis, Meals on Wheels, Ellis County 4-H, Friends of the Ennis Public Library and CASA.

“Having the roast is always fun and has been very successful in the past,” Pierce said.
Swindell said she is trying not to think about her upcoming roast too much.

“I’ve lived here all my life, so I’m in deep trouble,” Swindell said. “I’ve always been mischievous.”

Swindell said she believes the roasts are a great way to raise money for the United Way.
“I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think we would make money,” Swindell said. “That’s the whole point. I wouldn’t be doing it if it weren’t for a good cause. We can have a good evening at my expense. Life’s short so we all need to laugh.”

Former roastees include Mayor Russell Thomas, Coach Sam Harrell, Bramlet Beard, Raymond Caldwell and Jane Mize.

“We have some great leaders in our community and we love honoring them,” Pierce said.
Doors and a cash bar will be open at 6 p.m. with a steak dinner being served at 7 p.m. Ticket cost is $75 per individual, $500 for a half-table sponsor (four tickets) or $1,000 for a full table sponsor (eight tickets).

Tickets are available by contacting the Greater Ennis United Way at 972-351-2060 or by contacting Julie Pierce at Ennis State Bank 972-875-9676.

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