The event will feature a dinner at 7:30 p.m. and roast at 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are open to the public and available through Friday at noon, or until the event sells out, by contacting Melanie Paulson with Cumberland Heights at email@example.com or (615) 432-3226.
Friends of Cumberland Heights is an education and advocacy organization that supports Cumberland Heights, one of the Southeast's oldest and most experienced alcohol and chemical dependency treatment facilities. Fisher has proven to be a good sport in offering to take ribbing from friends as a way of showing his support for Cumberland Heights and the contributions it makes to youth and adults in Middle Tennessee.
"By agreeing to be roastee for this event, I can help the Friends of Cumberland Heights raise critical funds to support the mission of Cumberland Heights which provides high quality, cost effective treatment for those suffering from the disease of chemical dependency and their families," said Fisher. "This is something affecting so many families and I am glad we can make a difference and be a part of the solution through this special evening."
"Friends" who have agreed to participate in roasting Coach Fisher will share their special stories of Fisher and what he has meant to them, and in some cases, little known facts about him.
Participating roasters are:
• Chris Mortensen – NFL Reporter with ESPN
• Merril Hoge – Football Analyst with ESPN
• Frank Wycheck – Former Tennessee Titan and host of the 104.5 The Zone's Wake Up Zone
• Mark Howard – Host of 104.5 The Zone's Wake Up Zone
• Thom Abraham – Host of The Tom Abraham Show on WNSR 560 AM
• John Dwyer – News Anchor for WKRN/Channel 2
"This is an event that Nashville residents and Tennessee Titans fans won't want to miss," Cumberland Heights CEO Jim Moore said. "Coach Fisher is generous to donate his time and to absorb possibly a few personal jokes to this great cause, so we're obviously very excited to have him participate."
In 1983, the Friends of Cumberland Heights was formed to educate the community about chemical dependency and the mission of Cumberland Heights. Today its membership boasts more than 130 members.
Founded in 1966, Cumberland Heights has treated more than 70,000 patients and has directly touched the lives of more than 200,000 family members of patients. Patients come from all 50 states and a number of foreign countries and they range from indigent and unemployed individuals, business people and government employees to nationally-recognized personalities from the entertainment and sports industries.
Cumberland Heights' primary mission is to treat alcohol and chemical abuse, which the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation characterizes as "the nation's number one health problem" costing over $144 billion annually. Cumberland Heights deploys a holistic approach addressing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of recovery.
Cumberland Heights operates seven locations, including its flagship facility, a 177- acre campus located at 8283 River Road, 16 miles west of downtown Nashville.