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Roast & Toast Gala & Auction

the lineup power point (2)On April 29, 2017, we celebrated Scott Rigell’s retirement with a friendly “Roast & Toast”!

Scott is a part of our Horizons history, and one of the three responsible for bringing the life transforming Horizons program to Hampton Roads. We honored the former Congressman at our 12th Annual Roast & Toast Gala & Auction on April 29, 2017, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, and set Scott Rigell’s feet to the fire. For the first time in our Gala’s history, guests skipped the tux & gown & we celebrated in our favorite pair of jeans at Scott’s request. Retirement never looked so good! Huge Horizons thanks to all our guests for joining us.

2017 Roast & Toast Gala & Auction Pictures: CLICK HERE

2017 Roast & Toast Roaster Videos: CLICK HERE

About the Event

The Horizons Hampton Roads Roast & Toast Gala & Auction is our premiere annual fundraiser. As one of the most exclusive & successful fundraising events in Hampton Roads, we raise close to 30% of our annual funding in this one exciting, fun evening.  Our event goal is to bring the community together to raise critical funding dollars to support our 6 week summer enrichment program for low-income students.  Horizons Hampton Roads is proud to combat the Achievement Gap and work towards ending the cycle of poverty.

Our Annual Roast & Toast Gala & Auction is attended by compassionate business leaders and citizens throughout Hampton Roads for one night of entertainment, philanthropy, and hilarious “roasting” of our honoree.   Since 2006, the Roast & Toast Gala & Auction has raised thousands to support our students and summer program.  This important annual event is the brain child of our Founding Chair Paul Hirschbiel, and it continues to be the main source of unrestricted funding for Horizons Hampton Roads.

Each year we honor a valued member of our community and enjoy a hilarious, humble “roasting”! After our honoree survives the gentle, fun jokes and friendly fire, we toast to their generosity and commitment to improving the lives of children in Hampton Roads.

The Board of Directors have decided to not host a Roast & Toast Gala & Auction in 2018.  For details on our 2018 1st Annual TopGolf Fore Horizons Event, click here.  Download the TopGolf Fore Horizons Event Brochure here: TopGolf Brochure PDF.

Past Roast & Toast Honorees:dan and dan

2016 – Dan Ryan, Sr. & Dan Ryan, Jr. (PICTURES)

2015 – Paul Hirschbiel (PICTURES)Roast 2015

2014 – “Mayor Roast” Mayor Paul Fraim of Norfolk, Mayor Will Sessoms, Jr. of Virginia Beach, & Mayor Kenny Wright of Portsmouth (HIGHLIGHTS)
2013 – Nancy Creech
2012 – “3 Bruces” Bruce Rader, Bruce Smith, & Bruce Thompson
2011 – Stephen B. Ballard
2010 – Martha & Wendell Franklin
2009 – G. Robert Aston, Jr.
2008 – Peter Decker
2007 – Dennis Ellmer
2006 – William F. “Tree” Roundtree, Jr.

For details on the annual Mayors in chairsRoast & Toast Gala & Auction and Sponsorship Opportunities,

please contact Director of Development, January Serda at (757) 412-0249.


Horizons Hampton Roads, Inc.

(757) 412-0249

7336 Granby St.

Norfolk, VA 23505

Horizons Hampton Roads is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Virginia non-profit corporation established to provide academic and social opportunities to school-age children living in families with limited income from kindergarten through eighth grades. Click here to read our Privacy Policy.

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