Mayor to be roasted for charity dinner

Published 10:18 am Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will be on the hot seat as the Randy J. Naylor Memorial Foundation hosts its first celebrity roast.

The event is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

“They were trying to raise some money for the foundation and since it helps young people in Vicksburg, I said yes,” Flaggs said.

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The foundation is planning on the roast becoming its top for the year.

“This is our first scholarship celebrity roast and we plan on this being our signature event,” foundation president Randy Naylor Jr. said. “This is our first year and we’ve given out two $500 scholarships already. We’ll have our first intern and one of our scholarship recipients there.”

The mayor didn’t appoint a committee to do the roasting, but the foundation asked a few people close to Flaggs if they would do the honors.

You won’t see any aldermen or city employees, but the mayor’s son Elliott Flaggs, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace and state Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones will be doing the roasting.

“It’s a friendly roast and we wanted Mayor Flaggs to be comfortable with the people who were going to be on the panel,” Naylor said. “We’ve got a comedian, Silk, who’s going to serve as the roast master. It’s definitely family-friendly; we’re there to have a good time and at the same time we’re there for a great cause.”

The foundation started June 23, 2014 on what would have been Vicksburg police officer Randy Naylor’s 61st birthday. The mission of the organization is to support and create events and opportunities for the city’s youth. Partnerships and collaborative efforts will help execute this mission.

Guests at Saturday’s event will have an opportunity to participate in a silent auction, and proceeds from the event will help fund the foundation.

“We expect about 100 people and tickets are $35,” Naylor said. “We will also have a silent auction with items from Perfumania, local artists, Newks and many others.”

Tickets are available at the convention center or at the foundation’s website at