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Provost Umphrey 50th Anniversary

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Walter Umphrey to be Honored at Celebrity Roast

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Beaumont Spindletop Rotary to host fundraising event, February 20, 2014

Umphrey1On February 20, 2014, the Spindletop Rotary Club of Beaumont will hold its Second Annual Celebrity Roast. This year the Spindletop Rotary Club of Beaumont  will honor Walter Umphrey. The event will be held at the MCM Elegante' Hotel Ballroom starting at 6:00 pm with cocktails (cash bar), dancing and photo opportunities. A gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Steve McGaha will be served at 7:00pm.

Dana Melancon, meteorologist for Fox 4 and KFDM Channel 6 TV, will be the Master of Ceremonies for this event of fun and laughter. Dana will present the "Umphrey" Awards (similar to the Oscars) that will thank those who have supported the fundraiser. During this time there will be live entertainment provided by up-coming star, Rachel Honza, and great commentary by Dana. The presentation of Awards and the live entertainment lead up to an hour of 'roasting' the 'Man of the Year', Walter Umphrey, by his friends, local dignitaries and colleagues.

Umphrey4Spindletop Rotary Club will also conduct a Silent Auction. Included among the items up for auction are a 'Fin & Feather Getaway Weekend' from Rayburn Country, a 'Collection of Wines' from Bruno & George Winery, 'About Town Dining' from several local restaurants, a "Golf Package for 4" from L'Auberge in Lake Charles and much more.

All proceeds will benefit the Spindletop Rotary Scholarship Fund and the Shriners Hospital for Children.

For more information contact Cindy Westfall at 409.833.3860 or cindy.westfall@ja.org

Walter Umphrey 's Bio

Umphrey2Walter Umphrey is a Port Arthur native, born May 13, 1936. He attended Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and Thomas Jefferson High School. He attended Southern Methodist on a football scholarship and completed his Bachelor's in Business Administration at Baylor University in 1960. He then attended Baylor University School of Law and graduated in 1965 and went to work at the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, where he became chief felony prosecutor for five years

Umphrey3Umphrey teamed up with David Provost and the two men formed the Provost & Umphrey Law Firm. Shortly after forming the law firm in 1970, Umphrey became involved in his first big case and his first trial ever in federal court where he won a $4 million verdict. Later in the second half of 1972, Umphrey took on asbestos cases. The Cimino case verdict brought $1 billion for more than 2,000 plaintiffs. The Umphrey firm later served as lead counsel of Texas against the tobacco industry. The verdict in the class action case exceeded $17 billion.

Mr. Umphrey and his wife Sheila have been very active over the years, supporting the Southeast Texas community through their generous contributions and charitable donations.