MusicFest to roast Mike Atkins of Rockwall Y

Mike Atkins of Rockwall Y
Mike Atkins, executive director of the Rockwall Y since 2002.

Following a tradition of honoring citizens who have made significant contributions to the Rockwall community, Mike Atkins, Executive Director of the Rockwall County Family YMCA, will be the subject of MusicFest’s Ninth Annual Celebrity Roast on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Occasions at Stone River in Royse City.

Atkins has served  as executive director of the Rockwall Y since 2002. Previously, he served as sports director  for five years.  He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rockwall and the Rockwall Rotary Club. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

The evening will begin with a 6 p.m. reception and silent auction. A live auction and dinner will follow at 7 p.m.

Joining in the evening’s fun will be Emcees Russ Childers and Billy Quinton, Roasters Jon Bailey, Don French and Rockwall Mayor David Sweet. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Zach. All proceeds benefit Rockwall MusicFest.

Tickets are $85 and are available online through PayPal on MusicFest’s donate page at Just indicate the number of tickets needed in the comments section of the form, and they will be held  at the door. Checks can be made out to Rockwall MusicFest, and sent to: P.O. Box 1071, Rockwall75087.

Occasions at Stone River is located at 1250 FM 2453 in Royse City.

For more information, call 972-771-3573.

About MusicFest

Rockwall MusicFest is the production arm of the Greater Rockwall Philharmonic Orchestra. The organization has grown since its inception and is known for presenting the finest in classical and contemporary music throughout this area of North Texas.

The organization’s mission is to build and support a professional orchestra wherein young, talented musicians can learn by performing side by side with professionals; by presenting at least one Festival of Music each year featuring The Greater Rockwall Philharmonic Orchestra and various musical groups from the Rockwall Independent School System and/or the surrounding areas, and by presenting or sponsoring other music-related activities as considered to be in support of attaining the goals and objectives of Rockwall MusicFest.

By Bob Lewis,

Submitted by Barbara Wilks, Rockwall MusicFest; edited for publication by Blue Ribbon News.

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