By Matt Masters

The Wilson County Library Board will roast Eric Thompson, retired chief executive officer of Prospect, at its 29th-annual Roast fundraiser.

The Roast will be March 26 at 7 p.m. at Castle Heights Elementary School in Lebanon in the school’s cafeteria.

Wilson County Library System director Alesia Burnley said the fundraiser roast is always a popular event full of laughter.

“This is our main fundraiser for the Wilson County Libraries in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown,” Burnley said. “It’s a lot of fun, you never know what kind of stories you’ll hear and it’s always very exciting.”

Thompson said the night will be fun, regardless of the fact that he’ll be the punchline to all the jokes.

“I’ve been to many of the roasts, and I never thought that I would do it, but Stratton Bone approached me a couple of weeks ago and asked me to do it, so I said OK,” Thompson said. “We’re going to do it. I’ve got some roasters, and I’m hoping there’s a good crowd, because we want to raise some money for the library, and I hope they go easy on me.”

Tickets are $35 each or $250 for a table sponsorship. Tickets may be bought from Thompson, a library board member or at any of the Wilson County public libraries in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet or Watertown.   

Jordan’s will cater the event. Funds raised from the event are used to support the public libraries in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown.