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The Roast of Bill Digneit
November 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$35
Beacon House’s ‘Roast of Bill Digneit’ successfully raised over $5,400 Thursday night. The highlight of the night was a surprise performance by NMU Theatre. Local performed a surprise-rendition of ‘Hamilton’ with alternative lyrics, making fun of Bill’s raise to Marquette stardom. “In Marquette you can be a new man.” Shelley Russell, Paul Truckey, Brady Skewis, Hanna Numinen, and Devin Murphy brought down the [Beacon] House. It was perfect.
Bill was adequately grilled, and embarrassed the whole time by friends, and prominent local people supporting the Beacon House cause. Thank you to our roasters, performers, sponsors, and all attendees. We appreciate your support.
Beacon House has revealed a portion of their roasting panel for the ‘Roast of Bill Digneit’ on November 30th. “We’ve met with most of our panel, and together they’re hilarious,” said Beacon House Public Relations Manager Andrew Lorinser. “We also have multiple surprises to unveil for Bill throughout the night.” Cody Lee from DIGs and Eli Debelak are teaming up at the podium to #RoastBill, along with drag queen and entertainer Joey Black, and Sam Ali of ABC 10 Sports. The event is hosted by roast master Jesse Schramm of Checker Transport.
“We’re encouraging the panel to roast each other, the audience, and us as well,” said Lorinser. “We don’t want to take the heat off of Bill, but we’re going to ensure it’s a hilarious time for everyone in attendance.” $35 general admission tickets are on sale now online at upbh.org/roast and at Beacon House at 1301 3rd Street in Marquette. VIP sponsorship tables and seating for six are available for $300, and include signage at the event and in logos on the event program.
Beacon House presents the first ever comedy roast for charity, grilling Bill Digneit, Marquette’s king of entertainment. Digneit is going up in flames for Beacon House Thursday November 30th, at 7 p.m. in the Red Room Theatre at the U.P. Masonic Center.
The event features roast master Jesse Shramm and a panel of friends to take down Double Trouble Bill, one burn at a time.
The event is sponsored by the generosity of Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Peninsula Medical, Checker Transport, and Double Trouble Entertainment. Catered by DIG’s Gastropub, the night includes bar and some of Bill’s favorite snacks.
General Admission tickets are $35 at upbh.org/roast or at Beacon House. $300 sponsorship VIP tables are available to seat six and include signage at the event and logos program. All proceeds benefit Beacon House of Marquette.
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MARQUETTE, Mich. — Beacon House is preparing for Marquette’s first ever comedy roast in late November. The non-profit organization, known for local star-studded fundraisers, is organizing a grilling of one of the Upper Peninsula’s most beloved entertainers, Bill Digneit.
Local celebrities and friends of Bill Digneit will take stage at the Red Room Theatre in the U.P. Masonic Center on November 30th to poke fun of the Double Trouble DJ and Forest Roberts Theatre director. Roast-master Jesse Shcramm of Checker Transport will host the evening, promised to be fun spirited hilarity.
“I’m not holding back,” said roaster Sam Ali of ABC 10 and CW 5 UP. “I’m going after the panel, and guests in the audience. Everyone is getting a grilling, but I’m here to roast Bill and chew bubble gum, and I’m all out of bubble gum.” Ali is known for his on-air comedy as a local sportscaster. The panel will not only target Digneit during the roast, but each other as well, and those in attendance.
Other roasters know Digneit well and plan to share inside personal anecdotes. Roasters include popular drag queen / entertainer Joey Black, employees at Double Trouble DJs, Bill’s family members, and friends. Beacon House will reveal a full panel in November.
“I’ll do anything for charity,” said Bill Digneit. The co-founder of Double Trouble DJs, DIG’s Gastropub, and the director of Forest Roberts Theatre has sponsored and managed several Beacon House fundraisers including the annual Reverse Draw Raffle. Digneit was also emcee of the 2017 U.P. Celebrity Golf Classic for Beacon House.
Last year, Double Trouble, Jesse Shramm, and Joey Black hosted a hilarious fundraiser for the Upper Peninsula’s only hospitality house.
“We want to keep our generous donors engaged and entertained,” said Beacon House Public Relations Manager Andrew Lorinser. “An annual event in the fall carries our operational expenses into the new year. We like to use levity to raise money for this great cause.”
“We love teaming up with Double Trouble because they keep the ‘fun’ in fundraiser,” said Beacon House CEO Mary Tavernini Dowling. “Our guests at Beacon House are dealing with life and death situations every day, so to help keep the outlook hopeful, we want to keep the community smiling.”
The roast is sponsored by Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Checker Transport, and Double Trouble DJs. Catered by DIG’s Gasteropub, the night includes a bar, some of Bill’s favorite late-night snacks, and a silent and live auction.
The event will be loosely modeled after Comedy Central specials, and is intended for an adult audience, 18 years and up. Tickets for the no-holds-barred comedy roast are $35 available at upbh.org/roast, and at Beacon House. All proceeds from the evening benefit Beacon House.
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WHAT | $35 tickets are now on sale for ‘The Roast of Bill Digneit’ at upbh.org/roast. The Upper Peninsula’s only hospitality house presents the first ever comedy roast for charity, grilling Bill Digneit, Marquette’s king of entertainment. Digneit is going up in flames for Beacon House.
- 7 p.m. Thursday, November 30th – Doors open to snacks and bar
- 7:30 p.m. – The comedy roast begins
- Red Room Theatre – U.P. Masonic Center
- 128 West Washington Street, Marquette, MI 49855
WHY | This is the Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula’s annual autumn fundraiser. The comedy roast will raise operating costs for Beacon House, whose mission is to provide access to medical care for patients and their families in crisis. Beacon House has provided over 200,000 nights to guests commuting to UPHS for treatment.
WHO | Roast Master Jesse Schramm of Checker Transport will host the evening. Other revealed roasters include popular local entertainer Joey Black, local sportscaster Sam Ali, employees at Double Trouble DJs, Bill’s family members, and friends. Beacon House will announce a full panel in November.
The roast is sponsored by Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Checker Transport, and Double Trouble DJs. Catered by DIG’s Gasteropub.
BACKGROUND | Last year, Double Trouble, Jesse Shramm, and Joey Black hosted a hilarious fundraiser for Beacon House. This time of year, Beacon House is most in need. The organization teams up with Double Trouble and friends annually to raise operational costs that carry them through the new year. The event will be loosely modeled after Comedy Central specials, and is intended for an adult audience, 18 years and up.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES | The media is invited to attend the event, and preview some of the festivities with interviews with Digneit and/or revealed roasters. Beacon House will provide interviews with CEO Mary Tavernini Dowling or Public Relations Manager Andrew Lorinser to talk about why the event is an essential aspect to raising funds for operating costs.
MORE INFORMATION | $35 tickets are available through EventBrite at upbh.org/roast. The purchase includes one drink ticket, and some of Bill’s favorite late-night snacks catered by DIG’s. The evening includes a silent and live auction. All proceeds benefit Beacon House.
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Beacon House at (906) 225-7100 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beacon House becomes a “Home away from home” for patients and families that travel across the U.P. to receive specialty medical care at U.P. Health System- Marquette and the Upper Peninsula Medical Center. The private, nonprofit, donation-based organization ensures that families never have to ask, “Where am I going to stay and how am I ever going to be able to afford it?” during a medical crisis. The privately run non-profit organization works in conjunction with the medical care community to ensure patient access to care. Beacon House’s mission is to operate a safe, supportive and compassionate hospitality house for patients receiving medical care and for their loved ones.