City and county officials and community leaders turned out Saturday to “roast” a 25-year veteran of the Pearland Police Department.
The occasion was the 10th annual Exchange Club Spotlight Roast, and the “roastee” was Sgt. Roy Castillo of the Pearland PD’s Traffic Enforcement Division.
Sold out in advance, the evening of good natured ridicule serves a higher purpose: proceeds from ticket sales go to the club’s many efforts that focus on issues such as youth programs and child abuse prevention, to name a few. The club annually holds a Community Baby Shower in April, collecting baby items to help replenish local food pantries.
City Councilman Greg Hill, who served as emcee for the event, joined in with a story about Castillo, who took the ribbing in stride.
When the event began a decade ago, Exchange Club members came up with names of prominent locals who had given much to the community over the years, and also were likely to draw a crowd and promote the event.
“We’ve been turned down a few times, but most people are flattered to be chosen,” volunteer and event organizer Debbie Hebert said.
The list of past honorees is an impressive one, including Mayor Tom Reid, Congressman Randy Weber and longtime community leader and volunteer David Smith, after whom the city’s fire and EMS headquarters was recently renamed.
Speakers, or “roasters” at this year’s event were 100 Club President Christian Corl, Dr. Hugh Patton and Ronnie Castillo.
Castillo has taught numerous Citizens Police Academy classes, and is also known by many through his volunteer work for local organizations including the Lions Kids Camp in Kerrville. He recently announced plans to run for the office of Brazoria County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2, in the 2018 election.
Chartered in 1989, the Pearland Exchange Club is part of a 104-year-old service organization, the National Exchange Club. Members meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at noon at Casa Ole in Pearland, and guests are welcome. For information, call 713-825-3373.