Enshrinement Festival Announces 2014 Emcees

StefaniThe Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is pleased to announce emcees for the Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, August 1, and TimkenSteel Grand Parade on Saturday, August 2. Stefani Schaefer, co-anchor of Fox 8 News in the Morning, will emcee this year’s Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, August 1, and it promises to be a high energy production. An Alliance native, she is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and University of Mount Union where she was an All-American Scholar and a National Collegiate Academic Honoree. While in high school, she was a featured vocalist for the Enshrinement ceremonies and she has sung the National Anthem for the Game, so she truly has a soft spot in her heart for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

She first started at WJW Fox 8 in Cleveland in 1992, then took a hiatus to pursue other opportunities including hosting a national network show broadcast out of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. In 2007, she returned to WJW Fox 8, and in 2008, she was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 2012, she was named Cleveland’s Favorite News Anchor and Favorite News Team.

Football and fashion might seem like an unlikely mix, but it’s a perfect fit for the nearly 3,200 guests who enjoy the event that includes state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and video to showcase male and female models featuring the season’s hottest fashions.  An exclusive bridal scene will be a new element in this year’s show, and all the fashions will be enhanced by the excitement of several performances by Jeff Timmons of 98º.  Great tickets are still available by calling the Chamber at (330) 458-2048.
Dan Dierdorf
Early the next morning on Saturday, August 2, Schaefer will join Dan Dierdorf as co-commentators for the TimkenSteel Grand Parade.  Stefani and Dan teamed up as co-commentators  in 1999 and 2000, then again last year.  A Canton native and 1996 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Dierdorf will bring his extensive knowledge of the game to the parade broadcast for the 16th consecutive year.  After an illustrious career with the St. Louis Cardinals, he transitioned to the broadcast booth, most notably at ABC with the Monday Night Football team with Al Michaels and Frank Gifford. After 12 years, he moved to CBS where he stayed until his retirement after the 2013 season, and in April 2014, he was introduced as the new color analyst for the football radio broadcasts at his alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines. Dierdorf was the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Joe DunnJoe Dunn will be joining the team for the second consecutive year as man-on-the-street for interviews with the Class of 2014 and many returning Hall of Famers.  After a stint with the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, he became Director of Sports Marketing at the University of Akron and is currently Vice President of Sales at Big Time Sports, a regional company producing sports talk shows and featuring high school sports coverage.

Parade units step off at Sixth St. and Cleveland Ave. SW and move north to 25th St. NW, where they will begin to disband. For Enshrinement Festival and football fans wanting to enjoy the parade, great reserved chair and bleacher seats are still available for only $9 by calling the Chamber at (330) 458-2088 or stopping in at 222 Market Ave. N from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Spectators will be required to show their tickets before being permitted to sit in reserved areas, and this will be strictly enforced.

AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Announces Lineup for Second Half of 2014

FBBThe second half of the 2014 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Series season has been announced. The Canton Regional Chamber’s monthly AultCare Fast Break Breakfasts are held the second Friday of each month, where guests hear compelling speakers, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Plus, through exciting icebreakers, each attendee has the opportunity to network and promote their business.

AultCare Fast Break Breakfasts are open to the public and held at the Courtyard by Marriott, 4375 Metro Cir. NW in Canton, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m.  Members can attend for $18 per breakfast; non-members for $25.

July-December 2014 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Lineup:

July 11: Create, Communicate and Innovate
Jon Washington, The Innovation Garage

Many organizations struggle with how to define innovation, capture value, and measure results.  Come and learn the three key lessons that will drive successful innovation and growth of your company. Jon will teach you about solutions that will solve customer problems, help you leap ahead of the competition, and further your business and influence.

August 8: Intentional Communication: Changing the way we see and interact with people!
Carolyn Santos, Santos Coaching

Communication! We talk all the time, but do we REALLY understand and connect with people? We take all kinds of assessments, but do we know any more what to do with and for people than before we took them? Carolyn Santos is changing the way we do communciation training and understand people – professionally and personally. It’s easy, intuituve, and profoundly effective.

September 12: Leadership: The Difference Maker
Maria Stevens, Stevens Coaching & Consulting, LLC

Why do some businesses fail, while others grow? Why are some companies able to handle change successfully, while others get stuck? Why do some organizations struggle with uncommitted employees, while others thrive with a winning culture?The answer is leadership. Leadership is the difference between struggle and success and between winning and losing. It’s very simple, but it’s not always easy.

October 10: The 5 Rules of Engagement – How to Motivate Your Employees
Philip Kim, Walsh University

Do you have a motivated and fired up workforce?  Do they love your business as much as you do?  If you’re like most small businesses, probably not.  Currently, seven out of every 10 U.S. workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. 40% or more are disengaged with their work.  What’s the deal?  You pay them a competitive wage already, so what else do you need to do?  You need to engage them.  Research continues to show that truly engaged employees are more likely to be self-motivated, positive, and focused.  You don’t need to re-structure your whole day on pampering your employees, but you do need to create an environment of engagement.  Find out how the best companies do this, and steal from them to implement your own 5 Rules of Engagement.

November 14: Ready, Set, Plan!
Tom Scully, Sandler Training

Do you ever wonder why it takes you so long to finish a project, realize a goal, or make a change. It’s all about the plan. Learn to implement a specific plan of action for personal and professional goals.  Create a consistent daily behavior designed to eliminate mediocre prospecting and follow-up. And, develop a formula for success and understand goal setting.

December 12: Digital Brand – You.  Understand – Support – Amplify.
Shon Christy, Proximity Marketing

Everyone understands the concept of a brand but often overlooks the brand that is most important – THIER OWN! This presentation will explore your brand and how to leverage it in the social media universe to help you stand out and get the attention you deserve.  You will walk away completely understanding the value of your digital brand, how to support it and how to amplify to the right audience.

Visit CantonChamber.org to purchase tickets, or contact Monique Thompson-Kennedy, events assistant, at moniquet@cantonchamber.org or (330) 458-2070 for more information.

Enshrinement Festival Announces 2014 Key Chairs: Pigskin Run • Concert and Fireworks • Enshrinement • Fan Parties

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have named the following key committee chairs: Cathy Wyatt, Pigskin Run; Mike King, Concert and Fireworks; Guy Ruda, Enshrinement; and Gina Bannevich, Fan Parties.

WyattWyatt is a graduate of Lake High School and attended Kent State University.  She is owner/operator of two Carpe Diem Coffee Shops and is President of the Palace Theatre Board.  A Leadership Stark County graduate, she serves on the Stark Community Services Women’s Impact Board and the Canton Development Partnership Board of Architectural Review.  She has been a member of the Pigskin Run committee for five years, and this is her first as chairman.  She and husband Patrick have one daughter and one son.

Vice chairman Susan Bodnar is assisting Wyatt and working closely with the committee to make some great adjustments to this year’s event.  The courses will be slightly revised and recertified in order to accommodate both the start and finish on the campus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, providing fantastic photo opportunities.

Formerly known as the 2-Mile and 5-Mile Races, the Pigskin Run race distances will remain the same.  Both serious and recreational runners are welcome to participate in the 2-Mile run, 5-Mile run, or 5-Mile Competitive Walk divisions.  Race day registration will be available, but at an increased cost, so participants are encouraged to register now and save at http://bitly.com/2014races.  Cash and/or other prizes will be awarded to top finishers in the three categories.  Kids six and under are encouraged to participate in the free Kids Fun Run which kicks off the morning’s festivities at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In celebration of the name change, a Pigskin Run “High School Pride Award” is being launched.  When registering for the Pigskin Run, registrants will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the name of the high school they proudly support.  The high school garnering the most support will receive a traveling award that they get to keep until the 2015 winner is declared.

KingKing, of King Properties, is a graduate of Hoover High School and attended Kent State University. After serving on the Concert and Fireworks committee for 10 years, this is his second as chairman.  Very active in downtown development, he is the recipient of the ArtsinStark Turning Point Award for the Canton Arts District, and five Downtown Canton Special Improvement Awards for downtown developments. He is past chairman and current vice chairman of the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District and has served on numerous downtown and housing boards and committees. He is a founding member and past president of the Stark County Real Estate Investors Association as well as a member of the Lake Cable Recreation Association. He and wife Mary Ellen are parents to two daughters and two step-daughters.

King, vice chairman Jeff Burner, and their team will be attending to the many details involved with this event on the evening of Saturday, July 26. A variety of activities are planned at the Cornerstone Square area in the vicinity of Tuscarawas Street and Walnut Avenue and will begin at 6 p.m. with food and family fun, including face painting, balloon artists, costumed characters and crafts for the kids in the Chesapeake Energy Family Fun Zone.  Musical entertainment will include Jimmy and the Soul Blazers, and the festivities will conclude with an incredible pyrotechnic display launched from the Cornerstone Square parking deck approximately 10 p.m. – featuring the magic of Zambelli, “the First Family of Fireworks!”

RudaRuda, a sales associate for R. Z. Marketing Group, is serving his 14th year as chairman of the Enshrinement Ceremony Committee. He previously served 18 years as a member of the committee, as well as three years as chairman of the former NFL Experience Committee. Ruda and his wife Gail are the proud parents of David and Danielle.

Ruda and his team of volunteers prepare the facilities and programming for staging, seating and logistics of the Enshrinement Ceremony program.  Assisting him will be co-vice chairmen Terry Coyne for planning and Dave McRoberts for facilities. The Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2014 football greats will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at Fawcett Stadium. The stellar Class of Enshrinees includes linebacker Derrick Brooks, punter Ray Guy, defensive end Claude Humphrey, tackle Walter Jones, wide receiver Andre Reed, defensive end Michael Strahan, and cornerback/safety Aeneas Williams.

BannevichBannevich graduated from Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School and University of Mount Union and completed coursework at the Corporate University at Kent State University.  She is currently marketing director at Belden Village Mall. A member of the Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party committee since 2002, this is her third year as chairman. Her community volunteer includes The Golden Key for Exceptional Children, Greater Northeast Ohio ALS Walk Group and chapter volunteer, and a member of International Council of Shopping Centers.  She and husband Jason have a son and a daughter.

There are five fantastic fan parties that are held on Hall of Fame grounds. Friday, fans from across the nation will enjoy an exclusive event prior to the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Ceremony. Following a reception guests will have exclusive after-hours access to the museum and view the Gold Jacket Ceremony via a broadcast.

New this year will be the Legends Club VIP Enshrinement Tailgate Party that will be on both Saturday and Sunday and will include four Pro Football Hall of Famers — the party of a lifetime for the game’s most elite fans to enjoy.

Also this year the traditional Fan Appreciation Parties will be a great opportunity for football fans from all across the nation to get ready for The Enshrinement Ceremony and the big game featuring the Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants. Saturday and Sunday Fan Parties always include great food and refreshing beverages in typical tailgate fashion as a deejay plays party music.

Bannevich is assisted by Valerie Nash.

2014 Annual Golf Outing Set for June 30th – Register Now!

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2014 Annual Golf Outing at Shady Hollow Country Clube (4865 Wales Ave. NW, Massillon) on June 30, 2014.

The Chamber golf outing is filled with networking opportunities, 18 holes of golf on a premier course, a complimentary cart and range balls, gifts and prizes, and a delicious lunch and dinner.

Shady Hollow Country Club is revered as one of the finest courses in the area. Established in 1925, the club is in pristine condition and offers beautiful tree-lined rolling fairways and greens. Shady Hollow is a picturesque hidden gem in Stark County, and every golfer from beginner to expert will find an appropriate challenge.

The day begins with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m., includes lunch at the turn, and finishes at 4:00 p.m. with a steak dinner and plenty of prizes. RSVP by June 23 to be part of the action. Registration is limited to 144 players.

Immediately following dinner is our monthly Stir After Hours networking event, also at Shady Hollow. Stir After Hours begins at 5:30 p.m. in the clubhouse and is open to all members.

Complete details:

Monday, June 30th
8:30 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Shotgun Start
Shady Hollow Country Club

4865 Wales Ave. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
Cost: $155 per golfer
includes greens fees, cart, range balls, lunch and dinner
RSVP by June 23 at www.CantonChamber.org

Major sponsors to date include presenting sponsor Cintas, along with AultCare, Huntington Bank, The Karcher Group, Mercy Medical Center, The Repository, and Shady Hollow Country Club.

VIP Tickets Available for Canton Blues Fest; Full Lineup Announced

ShemekiaNortheast Ohio’s premier free blues festival, Canton Blues Fest, will be rocking Market Square in downtown Canton for the 13th straight year on June 20 and 21!

VIP tickets are on sale now, giving blues enthusiasts up-close access and fantastic FREE food and drinks.

The theme for the 2014 festival is “Women in Blues,” and this year’s ana_pheadliners are none other than two leading ladies of Blues - Ana Popovic on Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Shemekia Copeland on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., along with music each day from noon to 10:30 p.m. From deep blues (Shemekia) to blues-rockin’ guitar (Ana), these women are two of the most talented and respected names in the Blues music genre.

Plus, new this year is the “Back Porch” acoustic stage, featuring live music in between sets on the main stage.

Go online to http://www.cantonbluesfest.com for a full list of festival performers.

Blues Fest VIP Passes are again this year. Buy your two-day pass online for $75, or one-day pass for $45, and take advantage of FREE food
and beer in the evening (after 5 p.m.), and incredible views of the stage all day.

Visit http://www.cantonbluesfest.com to purchase VIP passes online, or contact Monique Thompson-Kennedy at (330) 458-2070 to reserve your passes today.

Canton Blues Fest is presented by Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co., Cormony Development, Phil & Nancy Sonner, along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman Health Foundation, Superior Beverage Group, Signature Design and Remodeling, General RV, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, and Kimble Companies.

Special thanks to this year’s Canton Blues Festival committee, which is led by chairman, Lee Thomas. Lee is owner of Signature Design & Remodeling, as well as an avid blues fan and longtime Blues Fest committee member. This is his first year serving as chairman. Assisting Lee as co-chair is Vicky Sterling, president of Pinnacle Press.


Friday, June 20
Noon: Blues Jam
2 p.m.: John Mosey Trio
4 p.m.: Jeff Poulos Blues Revue
6 p.m.: Anthony Gomes
8:30 p.m.: Ana Popovic

Saturday, June 21
Noon: Acoustic Blues Jam
2 p.m.: Big Fat Dog
4 p.m.: Long Tall Deb
6 p.m.: Mississippi Heat
8:30 p.m.: Shemekia Copeland


Friday, June 20

3:30pm: Bongo Joe & Little Steve-o
5:30pm: Mike Lenz
7:30pm: Josh Hill

Saturday, June 21
3:30pm: Christine Jackson
5:30pm: Jim Baker
7:30pm: Luther Trammel


Jeff Timmons of 98º to Perform at Fashion Show Luncheon

Jeff Timmons“Jeff Timmons of 98º” will be the featured performer at this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, August 1, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

A Massillon, Ohio, native, he is the founding member of the internationally acclaimed, multi-platinum, Grammy nominated group 98 Degrees, which has sold over 15 million albums with four top five radio singles.

Guests will enjoy a delicious lunch and the chance to win a fabulous diamond watch grand prize, followed by a runway show that is arguably the largest and most spectacular fashion show in Ohio. Football and fashion might seem like an unlikely mix, but it’s a perfect fit for the nearly 3,200 guests who enjoy the event that includes state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and video to showcase male and female models featuring the season’s hottest fashions.  An exclusive bridal scene will be a new element in this year’s show, and all the fashions will be enhanced by the excitement of several performances by Jeff Timmons!

Tickets for this fashion and entertainment extravaganza can be purchased at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Avenue North in downtown Canton, or by calling ticket manager Kim Miller at 330.458.2048.


98 Degrees produced mega-hits such as “The Hardest Thing”, “I Do”, “Because of You”, and the number one hit single featuring Mariah Carey called “Thank God I Found You.” The group also collaborated with Stevie Wonder on the song, “True to Your Heart” on the soundtrack for Disney’s hit animated feature Mulan. 98 Degrees’ albums have reached gold or platinum status in more than 60 countries around the world.

After his success with 98 Degrees, Jeff began his solo career by touring with Jim Brickman, and then single-handedly wrote and produced his first solo album which was released as a joint venture with Rising Phoenix and SLG Music. The album’s first single produced a top 20 hit on both the Billboard and R&R charts with the song “Whisper That Way” which was among the most added singles at radio each week it was on the air. In 2010, a single entitled “Emotional High” leaked to international radio and went #1 in 14 countries. Jeff has performed at the White House twice, and has made appearances on The Grammy’s,The Grammy’sThe Grammy’s,The Tonight Show, The American Music Awards, The Teen Choice Awards, MTV’s Total Request Live, Dick Clark’s “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve”, Dick Clark’s “Rockin New Year’s Eve” and many more.

More recently, Jeff completed the 2013 blockbuster “Package Tour” with his fellow band-mates in 98 Degrees and also featuring New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men. Selling out arenas in every city they visited, the Package Tour became the highest grossing tour of 2013. 98 Degrees released their first studio album in 13 years titled 2.0 the same month that the tour kicked off, in May 2013.

Currently, Jeff is hard at work filming a new, highly anticipated television series for the E (Entertainment) Network. He is also busy writing and producing a soon to be released (still untitled) brand new solo studio album.

Enshrinement Festival Names Key Chairs for Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner & GameDay Roundtable

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following key committee chairs for the indoor events held at the Canton Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center for the Arts: Sherri Mosnot, Fashion Show Luncheon; Marilyn Nave, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner; and Todd Ascani, Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable.

mosnotMosnot is a graduate of Louisville Senior High School and attended the University of Akron. An eight-year committee member, she has exceptional credentials to serve in this leadership role as the result of her position with Victoria’s Secret Centers for Operations. She is an annual volunteer for Pelotonia, a grass roots bike tour with the sole goal of ending cancer through research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, and is super active with the Coventry Youth Athletics organization. Along with husband Jim, she stays busy attending the activities of her son and two stepsons.

The Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 1 will be a one-of-a-kind-fashion celebration! It will feature lively musical entertainment, generous door prizes, and state-of-the-art sound, lighting and video to showcase professional models featuring the season’s hottest his and her fashions. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with festivities beginning at 11:30 a.m. Great tickets are still available, as are a variety of fantastic sponsorships offering excellent promotional and branding opportunities. Assisting Mosnot with the massive details for this event is vice chairman Paula Hogue.

NaveNave is a graduate of Bowling Green, Malone, and Kent State Universities. A retired Canton City Schools teacher who was named Canton Professional Educator of the Year, she is owner of Vista Royale Travel & Cruises. A 25-year Enshrinement Festival volunteer, she has served in leadership positions with the former Mayor’s Breakfast Committee and Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable Committee, and she currently is a member of the Drum Corps Competition Committee, while also serving as chairman of the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Committee. She is a Canton Rotary Club Paul Harris Award honoree and previously was active with Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Kappa, Historical Society, and Leadership Canton. She currently is active with New Life United Methodist Church, Canton Woman’s Club, and Palace Theatre. She and husband Ronald are the proud parents of four.

The event name, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, appropriately reflects that the Hall of Fame Gold Jacket will be presented at this event to each member of the Class of 2014 Enshrinees. It is one of three iconic symbols of induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the other two being the bust which is unveiled at the Enshrinement Ceremony and forever showcased at the Hall of Fame, and the ring which is presented individually to each Enshrinee at his home stadium in the ensuing football season.

The Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner activities will begin at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, and tickets may still be available. In addition to the Hall of Fame Gold Jacket presentation, the program will feature an emcee of national acclaim and introduction of a large number of returning Hall of Famers. Serving as vice chairman of the committee this year is John Runion.

AscaniAscani is program coordinator at the Stark County Health Department. A graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Ohio University, he has been on the committee for nine years, with this his first as chairman. He serves on the board of Community Harvest, and he and wife Amy are the proud parents of one son and one daughter.

The Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, and features a center stage roundtable presentation featuring members of the Class of 2014 Enshrinees just hours after their emotional induction ceremonies. The roundtable will feature an unscripted, up close and personal format where they share stories and memories of their careers. Carol Hawk is assisting Ascani as committee vice chairman. Tickets for this fan favorite event are available.