CANTON, OH (July 6, 2015) – Cash prizes will be awarded in the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s 27th annual Photo Contest. Snapshot enthusiast or professional photographer?  All are invited to enter by taking photos at any of the outdoor Enshrinement Festival events beginning July 26 through September 13.  Awards will be made in both the professional and non-professional categories, and some of the winning photos may be used in future Enshrinement Festival publications.

 Due to the generous support of the Western Reserve Group, cash prizes for the contest total $1,800, and $100 prizes may be awarded to each of the six first place photos chosen from professional and non-professional divisions in the following categories: Community Parade, Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks, Drum Corps International Competition Tour of Champions, TimkenSteel Grand Parade, Canton Kickoff Celebration, and Gold Jacket 5K National Championship. Multiple honorable mention awards in the amount of $25 may also be given in each category. A Best of Show winner will be selected from all entries and will receive $250.

Up to 10 photos can be submitted for a single entry fee of $10.  If you have more than 10 great photos to submit, multiple entry fees are welcomed.  Entry forms are available at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Web site at The complete Enshrinement Festival schedule of events is also available on the Web site.

All entries must be mailed or delivered to: Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Ave. N., Canton, OH 44702. The deadline for receiving photos is 5 p.m. on Sept. 18.  The winning photos will be on display at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography at 520 Cleveland Avenue North in downtown Canton, and on the Enshrinement Festival’s Web site.

For more information, contact Andrea Hartman at (330) 458-2054 or

Joe Savarise from OHLA to Speak on Stark County’s Hotel Boom

SavariseStark County has seen a hotel boom in the past two years. But why? And what does it mean for local tourism and businesses? Join Joe Savarise, executive director of the Ohio Hotels & Lodging Association, as he explains the “what” and “why” of Stark County’s surge in hotel rooms at our next AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on July 10.

Tourism is an integral and driving component of the Stark County economy, sustaining over 7% of salaried employment. Visitors to Stark County generated business sales of $1.6 billion, directly and indirectly, in 2013. Tourism includes and affects transportation, recreation, retail, lodging, food and beverage and more.

The July AultCare Fast Break Breakfast will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Belden Village (4375 Metro Circle, North Canton). Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and the program begins at 7:30 a.m. Register online at or by calling 330.458.2070.

About AultCare Fast Break Breakfast:

Each 2nd Friday of the month, Fast Break attendees have the opportunity to obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities at an event that has built a reputation as one of the most energetic lead producing sessions in Stark County. You’ll hear compelling speakers, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. And, if you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll even star in your very own 30 second commercial to promote your business!

Enshrinement Festival Announces Emcees

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is pleased to announce emcees for the Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, August 7, and TimkenSteel Grand Parade on Saturday, August 8.

StefaniStefani Schaefer, co-anchor of Fox 8 News in the Morning, will emcee this year’s Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, August 7, 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 an exciting element in this year’s show, and the fashions will be enhanced by the excitement of several performances by Broadway star and Jackson Township native Ashley Spencer, as well as the Constellation Performing Arts Dancers.  Great tickets are still available by calling the Chamber at (330) 458-2048.

Dan DierdorfEarly the next morning on Saturday, August 8, 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 for the past two years.  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 17th 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 third consecutive year as man-on-the-street for interviews with the Class of 2015 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 by 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.

Official Enshrinement Festival Schedule and Pins Now Available

In 2015, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will proudly mark 52 years of honoring the legends of professional football. The world-renowned Enshrinement Festival celebrates the annual Enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors. With the addition of this year’s class, the Enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame total 295.

A complete schedule for this “One of a Kind Celebration” can be found in the 2015 Official Schedule of Events of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Individuals, area businesses and organizations are encouraged to pick up a supply of this handy rack-sized card at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce to distribute to family, friends, customers and clients. It is also available throughout the community at:

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum
  • Canton and Massillon Auto Clubs
  • Visitors’ Information Center at Akron-Canton Airport

In addition, full event and ticket information can be found at

Official pin Continuing a tradition first started in 1977, the 2015 commemorative pins are also currently available. This year’s pin is only $5, but it could be worth much more for some lucky customers. Thanks to the generosity of McDonald’s • Siegfried Enterprises, Inc., each 2015 pin comes in an envelope with a pin prize entry form.

GRAND PRIZES include: one roundtrip airline ticket courtesy of Southwest Airlines; commemorative item from the Pro Football Hall of Fame; 10 three-foot party subs from J & K Subway (valid in Stark County); a pizza-per-month for one year from Pizza Hut; a gift basket of Pepsi products from Pepsi Beverage Co.; a commemorative Enshrinee football; and a commemorative stein from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. In addition to these prizes, the pin envelope includes coupons for various food and beverage discounts, as well as discounted admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Entry forms must be completed and returned to the Canton Regional Chamber offices by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Mailed entries received Saturday, Sept. 19, or later are not eligible.

Winners will be drawn and announced on News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM on Tuesday, Sept. 22, between 7 and 8 a.m. No purchase is necessary to win. For a complete list of rules and regulations or to request a blank entry, contact the Enshrinement Festival office at (330) 456-7253.

The current and many past years’ pins can be purchased at the Enshrinement Festival office at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Avenue North, along with a variety of other souvenirs and gift items, including golf shirts, t-shirts and caps. These items will also be available for purchase at all Enshrinement Festival events.

Enshrinement Festival Announces Committee Chairs

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival and Pro Football Hall of Fame have named the following committee chairs: Mike Lancaster, Corporate Host; Gina Bannevich, Fan Appreciation Tailgate Parties; Scott Robertson, Autographs; and Joanna James, Grand Parade.

Mike LancasterLancaster is president of NewMarket Financial Advisors.  He has been an active Enshrinement Festival volunteer since 1976, serving as a ball-boy for the Hall of Fame Game as a youngster, and previously serving as chairman of the NFL Experience Committee.  He supports other community activities as a member of the Stark County Board of Health and Walsh University Planned Giving Committee, is a member of the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, and a graduate of Leadership Stark County.  He and wife Susan are the proud parents of one son and one daughter.

This year, he chairs the Corporate Host Committee for the fifth consecutive year, leading the effort to provide increased hospitality services and support to corporate sponsors and their guests during the Enshrinement Festival events.  He will be assisted by Steve Neisel as committee vice-chairman.

Gina Bannevich

Gina Bannevich

Bannevich 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 afterhours access to the museum and view the Gold Jacket ceremony via a broadcast.

The Legends Club VIP Enshrinement Tailgate Party that will be on both Saturday and Sunday 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 Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers. 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.

Scott RobertsonRobertson has served on the Autograph Committee for many years, and this is his second as chairman.  A graduate of Marlington High School and University of Akron, he is president of Robertson Heating Supply.  He is an active participant with Greater Alliance Foundation, Alliance Area Development Foundation, American Supply Association, and North American Wholesalers Association.  He and his wife Cheryl have five children.

Together with the help of vice chairman Frank Leopold, the committee oversees the sessions where fans have the opportunity to preserve football memories with autographs from the current Class of Enshrinees as well as some of the previous inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Joanna JamesJames, a graduate of Tri-Valley High School in Dresden, obtained her bachelor’s degree from University of Akron, and an MBA from Ashland University.  She is the executive director of Project REBUILD, Inc. and is a graduate of the 17th Class of Leadership Stark County.

This is her second and final year as chairman of the Grand Parade.  She previously served as the committee’s sub-committee chair of bands, and since 2010 she has been on the Board of Directors of the Canton Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.

She will partner with vice chairman Pete Truemper  to attend to the myriad of details involved in staging this family event.  The Grand Parade will step off at 8 a.m., Sat., Aug. 8.  It will be enjoyed by nearly 200,000 spectators along the 2.2 mile route, as well as by millions more via the television broadcast. The parade will feature the current Class of Enshrinees, a large contingent of Hall of Famers, marching bands, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats, and animal and specialty units.  Call 330.458.2048 now to guarantee a bird’s-eye view of all the units by purchasing reserved chairs or bleacher seats for only $9 each.

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Canton Farmers’ Market Opens Saturday, June 20

more flowersThe Canton Farmers’ Market opens this Saturday, June 20, for its 12th year of providing locally grown produce, locally made products, fun activities and entertainment on Saturday mornings in downtown Canton.
The Canton Farmers’ Market is a producers-only market that gives shoppers an opportunity to buy fresh, quality, seasonal products directly from over 25 local growers and producers in Northeast Ohio. Along with produce, the market offers baked goods, flowers and herbs, honey and jams, artisan bread, cheese, eggs, meat, and more. 
The market runs every Saturday morning, 8:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m., through Oct. 17 and is located in the Timken High School Administrative Building parking lot at the corner of Fourth St. NW and McKinley Ave. NW. The site is perfectly suited with grass, trees and plenty of free parking.
strawberriesIn addition to fresh seasonal food, the Canton Farmers’ Market provides a great neighborhood and community meeting place. On any given weekend, it offers community resources, nutrition and health education from Aultman Hospital, cooking demonstrations, organic gardening tips, live music, and children’s activities. View the schedule of events at
The market will be making fresh food available to all members of our community by offering WIC and senior nutrition (contact the City of Canton for more information).
CantonFarmersMarket (1)The market is managed by the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District and is thankful for its sponsors: Aultman Health Foundation, The Repository, Mix 94.1 & News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Canton Development Partnership, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Canton.
For complete market information, including vendor descriptions, schedule of events, recipes and more, visit us online at

GlenOak Senior Receives Business Excellence Award Scholarship

Day Ketterer and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that Colin Svatos was recently awarded the 2015 Business Excellence Scholarship Award of $2,000. The scholarship was presented at the Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards ceremony on May 5 at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark.


Svatos, a 2015 graduate of GlenOak High School, and son of Melinda Svatos and Bill Svatos, submitted the winning essay titled, “The Historical Role of Private Business in Promoting Democracy Throughout the World.”  Submissions were open to all Stark County High School seniors and those currently enrolled at a Stark County University or College.

Following is an excerpt from his essay, “In World War II, the full force of American industrialism had to take action to stop the spread of fascism. The entire capitalistic infrastructure had to focus on the war effort. Privately held companies across the United States began producing war time necessities. This extreme production allowed America to defeat the Axis Powers.”

Svatos will attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he has been accepted to the Farmer School of Business and the University Honors Program. He is involved in numerous activities at GlenOak including cross country, track, the National Honor Society, and Academic Challenge. Additionally, Colin received an Academic Letter based on his academic performance and community service all four years of high school. He also volunteers his free time at several community organizations including Holy Cross Church, Monument Park Hummingbird Garden, and has served as a Young Life Leader for the past two years.

This is the fourth year that Day Ketterer has presented this scholarship at the Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards.