Local politicians and lawmakers come together for annual Valley Press Club roast

Hampden County

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan, Hampden County DA Anthony Gulluni, and Sheriff Nick Cocchi were some of the local politicians and lawmakers at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club Thursday night for the 40th annual roast. 

The event raises money for the Valley Press Club scholarship program and gives the press and politicians a chance to poke fun at one another. 

“It’s like our version of the white house correspondents dinner,” Roast emcee Tony Cignoli told 22News. “It’s an opportunity for the media to mingle and mix with elected officials and government officials. It’s a lot of fun, it’s kind of like Las Vegas for the most part. What happens here stays here, and nobody holds a grudge the next day.”

Tony Cignoli has emceed the event numerous times over the last decade.

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