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'Community Bridge Builders' honored at roast and gala

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The Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services hosted its 10th annual Roast and Gala. They had a full house at L'Auberge du Lac Casino and Resort to celebrate "Community Bridge Builders."

The event is a platform used to celebrate the accomplishments and dedication of people who bridge gaps between people and services in the community.

This year's recipients are Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Health Systems 2000 CEO Lisa Walker and Lake Charles Memorial Hospital CEO Larry Graham.

One by one all three honorees sat in the hot seat and were roasted by family, friends and close colleagues.

"Oh it was a whole lot of fun - don't believe everything you hear, but maybe just a little bit of it. It was very prestigious to be honored by such a prestigious institution as the Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services," Walker said.  

"It was really actually a lot of fun. I enjoyed the show. They actually had some films with my face on some skaters and dancers so it really was kind of funny. It's a big honor to be honored by the SWLA Center for Health Services. They are a great organization and I'm really proud to be an honoree for them," Graham said.

"Well, you know that's just part of the fun tonight getting together for such a great benefit in our community and the fact that they do so much in our community for people who don't have health insurance up to speed that they need to get the kind of healthcare that all of us truly deserve. It's a great event, great fundraiser and I don't mind them making fun of me a little bit - that's okay with me," Mancuso said.

The night ended with a band taking the stage and lots of dancing. Proceeds support patient education programs at the SWLA Health Center and student scholarships.

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