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Carl Goldman is target of Santa Clarita Elks Roast

Posted: January 14, 2009 10:11 p.m.
Updated: January 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
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Carl Goldman
Taking the "uncomfortable" roastee chair at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge in Canyon Country on Saturday, Jan. 24, will be Carl Goldman of KHTS AM 1220.

Goldman has agreed to be roasted to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc. Last year's roast raised $65,000 for the health centers, which went directly toward providing patient care.

In the spirit of the always feisty and funny roast, the principals have already started trading jabs.

City Councilman Bob Kellar, who will serve as emcee of the event, said getting Goldman up on stage to be roasted will give the community the chance to get to know the real man and determine if he is indeed "Man of the Year or, more appropriately, Man of the Smear."

Goldman said he is up to the task.

"You can always trust an invitation you receive from Bob Kellar because you know that there will be a catch to it," he said. "Usually the catch involves money, but this time, it involves my reputation. I'm game."

Mike Fisher, Elks Roast committee chairman, said he is thrilled Goldman will be the roastee.

"We were pretty desperate. Most people we invited turned down the offer. Carl's calendar was completely open," Fisher said.

Goldman added that secrets from his past gave him an impetus to serve as this year's roastee.

"Kellar pulled a few strings and threatened to reveal I voted for Michael Dukakis in 1988. I either had to agree to be roasted, or I would be forced to kill Bob," Goldman said.

Roasters of Goldman will include Don Fleming, Steve Sturgeon, Jeff Hacker and Janice Murray.

Fleming is president of the Santa Clarita Valley Auto Dealers Association and co-owner of Valencia Acura.

Sturgeon is president of Confidential Data Destruction Company and is a trustee on the William S. Hart School Board. Hacker, of HackerBraly, LLP, has been practicing law for 25 years. Murray hosts the Non-Profit Spotlight show on KHTS.

The Dixon Family Health Centers operate three health centers in the Santa Clarita Valley - Canyon Country Health Center, Val Verde Health Center and Newhall Health Center - as well as outreach sites at College of the Canyons and California Institute of the Arts.

The centers offer a full range of health care services-physicals, immunizations and vaccines, screenings and diagnostic tests, well baby care and family planning - to those who may not seek health care elsewhere. Patients pay based on their income. This past year, the centers provided service for 8,000 patient visits.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Santa Clarita, Lodge No. 2379, is located at 17766 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country. The Elks give more scholarships than any other organization except the United States government. They collect and redistribute more than $10 million annually nationwide through the Elks National Foundation.

The Foundation gives millions of dollars to disabled children in California, supports hospitalized veterans with clothing and other necessities and hosts a variety of holiday parties throughout the year, as well as donating food baskets to local needy families.

The Elks roast of Carl Goldman will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $100 per individual or for varying levels by table. For information on tables, contact Mike Fisher at (818) 282-6278.



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