Former Governor Bill Walker Roasted for Charity

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The Westmark 'Gold Room' was filled with members of the community coming together to raise funds for the United Way of the Tanana Valley.

This year's 4th Annual Comedy Roast put Alaska's former Governor Bill Walker in the hot seat.

"That was really kind, he gave us all 100 Dollars as he walked by,” laughed Bill Wright, MC and former executive Director for the United Way.

"That's our Dividend," chimed an audience member.

On the Dais local and statewide roasters consisted of Radio and Television personalities, business owners, Fairbanks's City Mayor Jim Matherly and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.

"What is it with boys and farting? It's like oh my gosh, as a mom of two boys, it's like this is what they do and it doesn't make any difference how old you are, it's just all the fart jokes," Murkowski said jokingly.

Because of this event The United Way was able to raise just over 18–thousand dollars for local non–profits in the community.

"It's almost 4–thousand more than last year and all the money that we collected is going into the community care fund, which benefits all of our 20 member agencies ranging from the Large, like the Fairbanks Community Food Bank, all the way down to North Star Youth Court. So we make sure that all the money goes straight back to the community," Said Andrew Aquino Resource Development Director

Each Roaster had an opportunity to cook up jokes for the Honoree Bill Walker.

"Walker was happy, Walker was sad. Bill Walker ate peaches this afternoon, Bill walker used an outhouse in Utqiagvik. Bill Walker blew his nose and republicans and Democrats are deadlocked on where to toss the tissue," said TV Anchor J.R Lewis

Then it was Governor Walker's turn to bring the heat.

"It's a nice trick to have me last, you put a bottle of water in front of a guy who doesn't have a prostate…, "

Aquino says it was fun to have new faces on board, and see everyone share a laugh.

"Next year I'm looking forward to just growing and growing the event. So we want to make sure everything is fresh and fun, and we'd like to keep innovating new ideas to get the community engaged," said Aquino.

The next United Way fundraiser will be the second annual Mayor's Ball in the Spring.