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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Sofia Pileggi Reigns as 2015 Enshrinement Festival Queen; Court Members Announced

Queen and Court Lightened(L-R) Emily Quinn, Janessa Scott, queen Sofia Pileggi, Felisa Markoski, Annie Chessler and Brooklyn McDaniels

Sofia Pileggi, 22, of Canton, Ohio, was crowned the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen from a field of 45 contestants. The 2015 Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant was held Thursday, May 7, at the Canton Palace Theatre in downtown Canton. Contestants were judged on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community.

Sofia is the daughter of Lucia and Joe Pileggi, graduated from GlenOak High School and Baldwin Wallace University, and currently teaches in the Plain Local School system. Five Court members also were selected:

  • Annie Chessler, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Linda and Craig Chessler. Attending Central Catholic High School.
  • Brooklyn McDaniels, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Jeaneen and Jeffrey McDaniels. Graduate of GlenOak High School and currently attending The Ohio State University.
  • Felisa Markoski, 19, of East Canton. Daughter Marie and Charlie Markoski. Graduate of East Canton High School, associate degree from Stark State, and currently attending Kent State University.
  • Emily Quinn, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Jennifer Giavasis and James Quinn. Graduate of GlenOak High School and currently attending Ashland University.
  • Janessa Scott, 20, of Massillon. Daughter of Linda Parr and Devon Scott. Graduate of Central Catholic High School and currently attending Heidelberg University.

Kayleigh Kriss, mid-day personality and FM music director of WHBC Mix 94.1, and Ron Ponder, host of The Ron Ponder Show on News-Talk 1480 WHBC, were masters of ceremonies, and Nicole Wohlheter was choreographer. George Lemon, 2015 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s Canton Regional Chamber committees, assisted with crowning the new queen and five Court members.  Bob Hill Quartet provided music and entertainment was provided throughout the pageant by Madison and Juliana Heichel, Genevieve Hornyak, and Perry High School varsity cheerleaders.

Judges for the event included Chip Conde, 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival General Vice Chairman; Agatha Johnson, Community Sanctions Officer, Canton Municipal Court; Dora Silvis, Executive Vice President/COO, Alliance Petroleum Corporation; and Ray Zinicola, Administrator, OMNI Orthopaedics.

Brenda Stevens, 2015 Queen Pageant chairman, and the members of the Queen Committee will work with Enshrinement Festival staff to coordinate all activities relating to the Queen and Court during their service as goodwill ambassadors and positive role models throughout the summer via participation in a wide range of community service projects. Further, the Queen and Court will represent the community at all Enshrinement Festival activities, happening from July 26 through Monday, August 9, and continuing Sept. 10 through 13.

AEROSMITH Joins 2015 Enshrinement Festival Lineup with “Concert for Legends”

BW JP St Petersburg-1-3The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival will feature more legends than ever before. AEROSMITH, Rock’s greatest live act, will perform at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends on Friday, August 7 at 8 p.m. ET. The concert will pay tribute to the legends of the Game on the eve of the Enshrinement for the Class of 2015.

170712-1278(1)-2“The Hall is thrilled to have legends of the music world honor the legends of the Game,” shared Hall of Fame President David Baker. “AEROSMITH performing in the inaugural Concert for Legends will add even more excitement and energy to an Enshrinement Weekend that kicks off the NFL’s 96th season since its birth in Canton, and the launch to Super Bowl 50.”

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AEROSMITH has many Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) who are big fans of the band. Class of 2008 Gold Jacket and former Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett will be on hand for the Concert for Legends alongside an expected 100 or more Hall of Famers and countless other NFL legends.

Concert for Legends tickets go on sale Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. EDT and may purchased on ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or at ticketmaster® retail outlets. Tickets prices: $35, $69, $99, $150 and $225.

The 2015 NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers is already sold out. Fans can still purchase enshrinement tickets or ticket packages that include Enshrinement, Game, & Concert tickets. Ticket packages are available online at ProFootballHOF.com/tickets or by calling 1-844-4HOFTIX.

The annual Enshrinement Festival offers a variety of diverse events, both free and ticketed, for fans of all ages and interests to enjoy. For the full lineup of Enshrinement Festival events, visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival website at Profootballhoffestival.com/events. Ticket information for these events is also available online or by calling 1-800-533-4302.

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More Schedule Changes for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival:
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival has traditionally held the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner on Friday, the eve of the TimkenSteel Grand Parade and the Enshrinement Ceremony which are held on Saturday. This year the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner will be held on Thursday night, August 6, at the Canton Civic Center. The event will now KICK-OFF Enshrinement Weekend and be televised nationally by NFL Network again this year in a 90-minute broadcast. This allows the concert at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium to happen on Friday.

Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Moves to Thursday Night

**EVENT TO KICK OFF ENSHRINEMENT WEEKEND**

The annual Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner will be held on
Thursday night, Aug. 6 at the Canton Civic Center and kick off the 2015
Enshrinement Weekend festivities. The event, where members of the new class of
enshrinees receive their coveted Hall of Fame Gold Jacket, was traditionally held on
Friday, the eve of the Enshrinement ceremony. A new public event that will now
take place on Friday, Aug. 7 will be announced in coming days. The Class of 2015 –
Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will
Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, and Ron Wolf – will be formally enshrined into the Hall
of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 8.

For the second straight year, the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner will be televised
nationally by NFL Network. This year’s show will be expanded from 60 to 90
minutes.

Each summer for the past 51 years, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
has partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to produce an exciting
Enshrinement Festival that today includes 23 events enjoyed by a total audience of
more than 700,000 fans.

Dennis P. Saunier, President & CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of
Commerce commented, “We are so delighted that the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket
Dinner has become such an important event of the Enshrinement celebration.
Featuring the event on primetime television gives the community and the Hall of
Fame much more national exposure and is a great way to welcome the Class of
2015 and all of the Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) to Canton.”

In previous years the newest Class of Enshrinees and Gold Jackets would arrive in
Canton on Thursday and attend a private reception at the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame Gold Jacket, created by Haggar®, is one of three icons that
represent an individual’s enshrinement into the Hall of Fame. The others include the bronzed bust that will be unveiled by the enshrinee and his presenter during the
Saturday Enshrinement and the Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence that is given to the
Hall of Famer at his home stadium during the upcoming season.

Tickets to the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner may be purchased through the
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce by contacting Ticket Manager Kim Miller at
330-458-2048 or kimm@cantonchamber.org.

All available tickets to the 2015 NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Minnesota
Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers have sold out. However, fans can still purchase
individual Enshrinement tickets and Ticket Packages that include
Enshrinement, Game, and Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner tickets. Tickets
and packages are available online at ProFootballHOF.com/tickets or by calling
1-844-4HOFTIX.

The Enshrinement Festival offers a variety of diverse events, both free and ticketed, for fans of all ages and interests to enjoy. For the full lineup of Enshrinement Festival events, visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival website at Profootballhoffestival.com/events. Ticket information for these events is also available online or by calling 1-800-533-4302.

Media Contacts:
Pete Fierle, Vice President of Communications & Special Assistant to the President
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pete.Fierle@ProFootballHOF.com; 330-588-3622

Collyn Floyd, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
collynf@cantonchamber.org; 330-458-2071

Queen Pageant Applications Due Monday, March 9

Don’t miss the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant. The completed application and a $70 fee must be received by the Enshrinement Festival department at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 9.

Applications and tickets are available at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Enshrinement Festival department, 222 Market Ave. N., in downtown Canton, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications are also available on-line at www.ProFootballHOFEF.com.

Candidates cannot be younger than a high school senior and 18 years old by May 1 or more than 23 years of age before Sept. 1. Candidates must reside and, if employed, work within a 30-mile radius of Stark County.

The Queen Pageant on Thursday, May 7, will begin at 7 p.m. at The Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $20 each, and tickets can be purchased at the Canton Regional Chamber, and online at http://www.profootballhoffestival.com/queen-pageant.

At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and five court members will have been selected on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community.  The Queen and her court will serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community, volunteering their time to a wide variety of civic organizations.

For more information regarding applications, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056 or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at www.ProFootballHOFEF.com.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant Signals Start of 2015 Celebration

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the annual Enshrinement Festival will be celebrating 52 years of excellence in 2015, with the first event being the Queen Pageant on May 7.  Applications and tickets will be available at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Enshrinement Festival department, 222 Market Ave. N., in downtown Canton, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 9.

In addition, applications are available on-line at www.ProFootballHOFEF.com. The deadline to submit the application and a $70 fee is Monday, March 9, by 5 p.m. Candidates cannot be younger than a high school senior and 18 years old by May 1 or more than 23 years of age before Sept. 1. Candidates must reside and, if employed, work within a 30-mile radius of Stark County.

While not mandatory, all potential candidates are invited and encouraged to attend the fifth annual “Screen the Queen Pageant” session which will take place Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce from 9 to 11 a.m. This session will help young ladies decide if they would like to enter the Pageant, and to give them a better idea of what to expect if they do. Participants will have the opportunity to review the 2014 Queen Pageant DVD, learn about the judging experience from past years’ judges, hear from a past queen who will share her memories, and ask questions about the process. This informative, casual session is FREE, but reservations must be made in advance by calling Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056 or e-mailing her at: kathyl@cantonchamber.org.

The Queen Pageant on Thursday, May 7 will begin at 7 p.m. at The Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $20 each, and tickets can be purchased at the Canton Regional Chamber, and online at www.ProFootballHOFEF.com/Queen-Pageant.

At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and five court members will have been selected on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community.  The Queen and her court will serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community.

For more information regarding applications, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Linderberger at (330) 458-2056 or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at www.ProFootballHOFEF.com.