Harold T. Owens, the Bridgeport native who heads the National Geographic Channel, will be the speaker at the Fairfield Rotary Club's ninth annual Celebrity Luncheon Monday, March 12, at Fairfield University.

The event is the local Rotary's largest annual fundraising event, the club said in a news release. It is open to the public, but reservations are required.

A reception is planned at 11:15 a.m. in the university's Barone Campus Center, followed by the luncheon at noon.

A graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, Owens in November was named president of the National Geographic Channel, also overseeing the Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo Mundo channels.

Previously, Owens had been lead managing director at Reveille LLC, where he helped guide the creation and/or production of TV series such as NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and "The Restaurant," USA's "Nashville Star" and FOX's "Master Chef."

The Rotary Club said the event would help fund more than $20,000 in grants to local nonprofits and $21,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate a commitment to Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self."

There is no charge, per se, for the luncheon. But Rotary asks that each attendee make a tax-deductible donation in the range of $50 to $150. Reservations are available by contacting any Rotary member or by emailing Kevin Lesko at LeskoFH@aol.com.