Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann will be roasted by the Mississippi Press Association at an annual benefit for its education foundation on Jan. 30 at Hilton Hotel in Jackson.

Hosemann was elected to the Secretary of State's office in 2007. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business from Notre Dame, a law degree from Ole Miss, and a Masters of Laws in Taxation from New York University. He is a former partner of Phelps Dunbar, LLP and was selected to the Best Lawyers in America for 18 consecutive years. Hosemann also served in the United States Army Reserves.

He has served as Chairman of the Board of Mississippi Blood Services and Treasurer of the Jackson Medical Mall Association. He also served on the Board of Directors for Jackson State University Development Foundation. A Paul Harris Fellow, he is a member of the North Jackson Rotary Club.

He was presented the George L. Phillips Community Service Award from the US Department of Justice in appreciation for his distinguished service as Chairman of Project Safe Neighborhoods, and for his efforts in the Hurricane Katrina First Responder Assistance Project. Hosemann was also awarded the J. Tate Thigpen Award for exemplary leadership, support, and commitment to the American Red Cross.

Hosemann is an avid hunter and marathoner. He belongs to the National Rifle Association, Delta Wildlife Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation. He has completed both the New York Marathon and the Boston Marathon and represented Mississippi in the Senior Olympics.

Roastmaster for the event will again be Sid Salter, director of University Relations at Mississippi State University and longtime syndicated columnist. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

The 24th annual Roast to benefit the MPA Education Foundation will be held Jan. 30 at the Hilton Jackson on County Line Road. In over two decades, the event has raised thousands of dollars to benefit the scholarship, internship and grant programs of MPAEF

A reception will be held at 6 p.m.; dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $80 each or a table of eight is available for $600.

The MPA Education Foundation was established in 1983 to provide internships and scholarships for aspiring journalists and grants for instructional programs at in-state universities and colleges. MPA, founded in 1866, is the trade group for 120 member-newspapers in the Magnolia State.

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