A star-studded group of roasters and toasters have committed to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame’s salute Thursday, Oct. 27, to Conway businessman Steve Strange Sr.

Called the "Roast & Toast of Big Steve," the event will begin at 6 p.m. in McCastlain Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. Tickets for the dinner are $150 each and tables of 10 can be obtained for $1,500. 

Among those who will be speaking at next month’s dinner are former basketball star Joe Kleine, former football star Keith Jackson, former football coach Larry Lacewell and recording artist Johnny Lee. Kleine, Jackson and Lacewell are past inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

"This promises to be a fun evening," said Hall of Fame executive director Ray Tucker, who will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event. "Steve has done so much for sports in Arkansas in general and the Hall of Fame in particular. We’re delighted to be able to honor him." 

Last fall, the organization used a fall salute to honor Kleine, an assistant basketball coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Two years ago, the Hall of Fame honored former Razorback football star and northwest Arkansas business leader Jim Lindsey during a dinner at Springdale. 

The chairman of this year’s fall event is another well-known Arkansas business leader, John Allison,  chairman of Home BancShares.

Strange, a Hendrix College graduate, is the longtime president of American Management Corp. of Conway.

"This will be an evening to celebrate Steve’s birthday and his many years as a businessman, civic leader and philanthropist," Allison said. "AMC was recently purchased by one of the largest holding companies in the insurance business. AMC was founded 70 years ago with Steve taking the helm in 1984. Through his hard work and service-oriented business plan, AMC grew. The AMC divisions serve insurance carriers, petroleum companies, franchise operations and independent insurance brokers and agents. Through Steve’s leadership, hundreds of jobs have been created, contributing significantly to economic development and quality of life in Conway and the surrounding region."

Tickets are $150 each and $1,500 for tables of 10. Checks should be made out to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and can be mailed to Ray Tucker, Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, 3 Verizon Arena Way, North Little Rock, 72114.

Further information can be obtained from Catherine Johnson at (501) 821-1021 or cjafund@swbell.net.A