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Maxine DeHart needs little introduction in the Okanagan. A long-time supporter of United Way, and passionate community advocate. Last year marked the grand finale of the Maxine DeHart Ramada Hotel Drive Thru. The Drive-Thru has raised over $850 000 for the Central Okanagan community! After that incredible journey, Max decided to step away from the Drive-Thru – a well-deserved break. However, Max and United Way continued to have discussions on partnering to raise money for the community.

To honour Maxine, her sponsors and volunteers, United Way is hosting an inaugural Celebrity Roast October 24, 2019 presented by Interior Savings Credit Union.

This event will follow a similar format as celebrity or comedy roasts (think Dean Martin or Comedy Central but cleaner!). We have a fantastic line-up of celebrity roasters! Local media personalities, celebrities, community leaders, and a few surprise Roasters with searing (but clean) one-liners will “roast” Maxine DeHart, all to support United Way and help raise funds for the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The event will be held at Willowstone Academy Auditorium on Lakeshore Drive. This beautiful event space will be dressed for the evening and is, of course, on Max’s local patch.

The event starts off with the Max Mixer at 5:30 pm: Delicious food (you won’t go hungry!) and drinks will be served with a local jazz trio entertaining us before the show at 7 pm. Hosted by Rob Balsdon, a professional actor, host & comedian. Rob will carry the show and introduce six local personalities and a few surprises with Maxine DeHart getting the last word! Dessert and coffee will follow the show for a final mixer and opportunity for pics with Max!!

Event details:

Date: October 24, 2019

Time: 5:30 – 7 pm – Max Mixer ;  7 pm Program starts; 7:45 pm Intermission: Dessert & coffee

Location: Willowstone Academy Auditorium.

Tickets: UnitedWayCelebrityRoast.com

General Admission:$95.00, VIP:$150.00
VIP includes glass of champagne, VIP seating and service.
All tickets come with self-serve delicious dinner from Creative Cuisine Catering, 1 drink and dessert plus access to the show–a wonderful evening of entertainment.


Every year, Maxine DeHart donates $1000 to United Way. She is throwing out a challenge to all her supporters…Match me if you can! Donate today at: www.unitedwaycelebrityroast.com 

Download Celebrity Roast Poster

Sponsorship opportunities: As this is an inaugural event, we are currently discussing partnership opportunities with local companies. For more information, contact us!

  • Presenting Sponsor, Supporting Sponsor, Friends of Maxine – $1000 to $10000
  • Program Advertising or Advertorials – $500 – $1000
  • Print, Graphics and creative sponsor
  • Sign sponsor
  • Ticket sponsor
  • And more!

Program Advertising Opportunities:

Thanks to Capital News who have graciously offered to produce and print our event program. This unique keepsake will be an 8 page tabloid newspaper program. They are offering full page, ½, ¼ and 1/8 page ads. All sponsors receive an ad in the program. Deadline to confirm your interest in placing an ad is October 18th; ad submission deadline is October 21st. Contact us if you wish to submit an ad!

Download Program Ad Specs

Thanks to our event sponsors!

Supporting Sponsors: 

Media Partners

Thanks to Kent Molgat and Kelowna Now for this coverage and interview:

Article: Columnist and councillor Maxine DeHart is about to get roasted

Event ads and promotions provided in-kind by:

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Thanks to our In-kind Sponsors!

Venue, Drinks, Printing and Hotel Accommodations provided by: