Forsyth County School Superintendent to be “Roasted” for local non-profit

A sense of humor coupled with the need to raise funds for a School Based Health Center in Forsyth County has given way to a fundraising event like no other. Georgia Highlands Medical Services is hosting the first annual Roast & Toast event, where Dr. Jeff Bearden, Forsyth County School Superintendent, will be roasted by colleagues and friends. The event takes place on Wednesday, October 26th.

“The idea for the roast came from one of the members of our board of directors,” stated Todd Shifflet, Executive Director of Georgia Highlands. “It seemed like a great opportunity for us to enjoy a time of fellowship and fun while raising funds for this project.”

When asked to lend his name to this inaugural event, Dr. Bearden did not hesitate to say yes.

“Georgia Highlands is a great Partner In Education for Forsyth County Schools. They provide outstanding services and care to our students and their families. I am excited about the upcoming School Based Health Center to be located at Cumming Elementary School,” Dr. Bearden explained. “Anything I can do to support our families and the Georgia Highlands Team is a win-win. I look forward to the event and being picked on just a little!”

Roasts remind us that everyone gets made fun of from time to time.

“The great thing about roasts is that they celebrate camaraderie in a fun, respectful way — and are a form of entertainment,” added Julie Brennan, Georgia Highlands Medical Center Board Member and event coordinator. “In this case, it is also a great opportunity to bring awareness about the School Based Health Center and the work that Georgia Highlands Medical Services does in our community.

Dr. Bearden will be roasted by Darla Light, Jeff Cheney, Cheryl Riddle, and Tracey Smith, with Deputy Superintendent Mitch Young serving as the night’s Master of Ceremonies.

For more information about the event, visit www.ghms-inc.oraroast2022 or call 470-297-1050.

Event Date — Wednesday, October 26th

Time — 5:30-7:30 pm

Location — Forsyth Conference Center

Dress — Business Formal

Catered by Tam’s Backstage


Funds raised will support the SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTER at Cumming Elementary, a Georgia Highlands Medical Services and Forsyth County Schools partnership.

This partnership seeks to provide on-site medical and mental health services that promote the health and educational success of school-aged children. School Based Health Centers increase access to health care, contribute to positive educational outcomes, reduce emergency room use, reduce Medicaid cost, and expand access to mental health services. School Based Health Centers also increase access for harder to reach populations and improve health outcomes for those students across the board.

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