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.

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.

Mariah Curtis Reigns as 2014 Enshrinement Festival Queen; Seven Court Members Announced

(L to R) Cassie Rossetti, Kimberly Dale, Molly Selinsky, Abigail Lyall, Mariah Curtis (Queen), Aundrea Green, Victoria Nash, Lisa Dale.

(L to R) Cassie Rossetti, Kimberly Dale, Molly Selinsky, Abigail Lyall, Mariah Curtis (Queen), Aundrea Green, Victoria Nash, Lisa Dale.

Mariah Curtis, 22, of Canton, Ohio, was crowned the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen from a field of 48 contestants. The 2014 Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant was held Thursday, May 8, 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.

Mariah is the daughter of Dadisi and Claudia Curtis, graduated from McKinley High School and is attending the University of Dayton. Seven Court members also were selected, to coincide with the number in the Class of 2014 Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  The 2014 Court members include:

  • Kimberly Dale, 18, or North Canton.  Daughter of Vern and Sally Dale.  Attending GlenOak High School.
  • Lisa Dale, 20, of North Canton.  Daughter of Vern and Sally Dale.  Graduate of GlenOak High School and attending University of Akron.
  • Aundrea Green, 18, of Cuyahoga Falls.  Daughter of Roxanne Green. Graduate of Tallmadge High School and currently attending University of Akron.
  • Abigail Lyall, 18, of Canton.  Daughter of James and Patricia Lyall.  Attending Jackson High School.
  • Victoria Nash, 18, of Massillon.  Daughter of Valerie and Dave Nash.  Graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and plans to attend High Point University.
  • Cassie Rossetti, 18, of Canton.  Daughter of Kristen Rossetti. Attending Canton Central Catholic High School, and will attend University of Akron.
  • Molly Selinsky, 18, of Massillon.  Daughter of Brian and Jackie Selinsky.  Attending Jackson High School.

Kayleigh Kriss, mid-day personality and FM music director of WHBC Mix 94.1, and Ron Ponder, host of Points to Ponder on News-Talk 1480 WHBC, were masters of ceremonies, and Nicole Wohlheter was choreographer. Vicky Sterling, 2014 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s Canton Regional Chamber committees, assisted with crowning the new queen and seven Court members, and Bob Hill Quartet, Bella Gill, and Elec Simon provided entertainment throughout the Pageant.

Judges for the event included Leslie Iams Kuntz, Director, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA; George Lemon, 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival General Vice Chairman; Emily Menyes, Independent Hospital Network Coordinator, Aultman Health Foundation; and Kevin Smith, President and Owner, PPI Graphics & Innovative Trends.

Crystal McLendon, 2014 Queen Pageant chairman, vice chairman Brenda Stevens, 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 Friday, July 18 through Monday, August 4.

Enshrinement Festival Names Key Committee Chairs for Special Events and Staging

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have named the following key committee chairs:  Maureen Schmucker, Special Events, and Gregory Briggs, Staging.

SchmukerSchmucker is a math teacher and volleyball and track coach at Oakwood Middle School in the Plain Local School system.  A graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School, she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University. A member of the Hospitality Committee since 2008, she also served as vice chairman of the Special Events Committee in 2013, and this is her first year as chairman of that committee.  She is a volunteer for the Stark County Exceptional Olympics, active with the Stark County Mathematics Vision Project, and is a lector at St. Louis Church.  She and husband Larry are the proud parents of one son and one daughter.

As Special Events chairman, one of her major tasks will be to coordinate the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees Reception, which is staged as the first official function for the Enshrinees and their presenters, returning Hall of Famers and other out of town guests. Additionally, the Special Events Committee provides services such as emergency medical and dental assistance for guests of the Hall of Fame during their stay in Canton, and the committee is always on call to assist the Enshrinees and their families as needed. Smith will be assisted with these many duties by vice-chairman Sharon Griffith.

BriggsBriggs is a sub-contractor in the flooring business, so he brings a great amount of expertise to his second year as chairman of the Staging Committee, after serving as a volunteer on the committee for the past 15 years.  He graduated from Timken High School and attended Stark State. An Eagle Scout, he is the proud father of one son and one daughter.

The Staging Committee directs the planning, preparation and production of the Queen Pageant, Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, and Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable. Mark Miller is assisting Briggs as vice-chairman.


Enshrinement Festival Queen Committee Chair Named; Pageant Tickets Available

Crystal McClendonCrystal McLendon has been named chair of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Committee. This is her second and final year in that capacity and assisting her with leadership responsibilities will be Brenda Stevens, committee vice-chair.

A Canton native, McLendon is a graduate of Sandy Valley High School and Walsh University. She is employed by Nationwide Insurance as commercial processing supervisor and in addition to her years of service on the Queen Committee, she has previous Enshrinement Festival experience as a hostess for Hall of Famers during the Enshrinement ceremony.  She and husband John are the proud parents of three children.

The Queen Pageant will take place Thursday, May 8, beginning at 7 p.m. at The Canton Palace Theatre where 49 outstanding young ladies will vie for the crown. All seats are reserved at $20 each (subject to additional processing fee and handling charge).  For tickets, please visit www.profootballhofef.com or call 330.458.2048.

At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and seven court members will have been selected on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community.  The number of court members selected coincides with the number of members of the Class of 2014 Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Queen and her court will serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community, and one of their most memorable experiences will be their ride on a float in the TimkenSteel Grand Parade.

The Queen Committee is responsible for working with Enshrinement Festival staff in coordinating all activities relating to the Enshrinement Festival Queen and court and serving as chaperones during their community service activities and official event appearances.

For more information regarding the Queen Pageant or sponsorship opportunities, contact Joanne Murray at (330) 458-2050 or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at www.profootballhofef.com.

Enshrinement Festival Announces Key Committee Chairs for 2014

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following key committee chairs:  Randy Reed, Balloon Classic and Todd Hawke, Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks; Brian Harbert, Ribs Burnoff.

Randy ReedReed is an escrow officer at Title One Agency and is a long-time Enshrinement Festival volunteer, previously serving on the Ribs Burnoff committee for 21 years, including two years as chairman. A graduate of East Canton High School and the former Stark Technical College, he is married to Jay. He is a past president and chairman of the board of Canton Jaycees, JCI Senatorship, and WCR Affiliate of the Year.  In addition to his support of the Jaycees, he has been an active member of East Canton Rotary and Stark County Association of Realtors.

Assisting Reed as vice-chairman of the event committee is Casey Weisend, as the event proudly celebrates its 28th anniversary this year. What started in 1986 with 25 balloons at Weis Park has grown to a capacity field of nearly 70 balloons on the campuses of Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College, with nearly 125,000 people enjoying the two-and-a-half day event.

The Balloon Luminary was added in 1993 and is currently known as the Night Glow, and a further milestone was marked in 1995 when the Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks came under the umbrella of the Enshrinement Festival and joined forces with the Balloon Classic, a great partnership that continues still today.

Todd HawkeThe Food Fest Committee is chaired this year by Todd Hawke, principal at GDK & Company, and also currently serving as a Jackson Township Trustee.  He is a graduate of Kenton Ridge High School and Ohio Wesleyan University and has served in various capacities on the Food Fest Committee since 2002.  He is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, and American Cancer Society of Stark County.  Todd and wife Tricia have one son and one daughter.

Hawke will be assisted in the planning and staging of the Food Fest by vice chairman Carles Moore.

It’s important to remember that the Balloon Classic and Food Fest activities will take place once again one week earlier than was tradition for many years, and will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18, 19 and 20 so as not to be in conflict with several other major ballooning events throughout the country.

The combined Balloon Classic/Food Fest event will include a wide variety of food and beverage vendors, children’s activity area, musical entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Brian HarbertHarbert, director of Aultman Management Services Organization, is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Walsh University.  A long-time Ribs Burnoff Committee volunteer, this is his second year as chairman, and he previously chaired the Parking, Facilities, and Vendors sub-committees.  He is vice president of Our Lady of Peace Men’s Club and past finance chair for the American Cancer Society Canton Relay for Life.  He and wife Laurie are the proud parents of two daughters.

Another long-time Ribs Burnoff Committee volunteer, Darren Faye, is serving as vice-chairman of the committee.  Together, they will oversee all aspects of the Ribs Burnoff, which will take place July 30, 31 and  August 1 at Stark County Fairgrounds. Special attractions include a wide variety of rib and specialty food vendors, beverages, children’s entertainment area, fantasy football zone of interactive inflatables, enormous sand sculpture, and musical entertainment.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Names Auxiliary Committee Chairs

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following auxiliary committee chairs: Sally Hoce, Communications; Diane Novak, Special Services; and Michele Shaffer, Security & Logistics.

Hoce, a retired Perry Local Schools teacher, has been a member of the Communications committee since 2007, served as vice chairman in 2011 and 2012, and chairman in 2013.  A graduate of the former Glenwood High School, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kent State University and a Masters in Gifted Education from Ashland University.  A member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Women Educators, she is active with Mercy Service League and as a member of the women’s board of Springhill Historic Home.  She has one son, and he preceded her as chairman of the Communications committee.

Hoce will be assisted by committee vice chairman Gary Bradway.

The Communications committee assumes responsibility for communications equipment utilized at all Enshrinement Festival events. Members are responsible for distributing equipment, charging radios and telephones, monitoring EMS activities and serving as a clearinghouse for inquiries from guests, patrons and media.

Novak graduated from Hoover High School and University of Akron and is currently owner/president of Novak Accounting.  She previously served on the Appreciation Party committee for 10 years and has been on the Special Services Committee for six years, with this her first as chairman. She is extensively involved in community activities, serving on committees for a wide array of entities including Aultman Hospital Women’s Board and Angel Auction, Wilderness Center, Taste of the NFL, Central Catholic High School, and St. Michael Church.  She and husband Joe are the proud parents of a daughter and son.

Assisting Novak with committee duties is vice chairman Jerry Gilin.

The Special Services committee assists many of the event committees with varied duties, including media and sponsor hospitality, registration at the Balloon Classic media flight, transportation for Drum Corps Competition, and hosting the Grand Parade float judges.

Shaffer is a principal within the Louisville City Schools. She graduated from Canton South High School, received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Akron, and Master’s Degree from Ashland University where she continues to pursue post-Master’s work.  She has been honored as a Stark County Person of Character, recognized by the Louisville Chamber of Commerce as a School Employee of the Year, and is proud that her school has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.  She is a member of the Ohio Association of Elementary Principals Association, Louisville Kiwanis, Diversity Team for Louisville Schools, Eastern Stark Legacy Chapter #596, and Delta Kappa Gamma, Delta Upsilon. She serves as vice president of the Board of the Louisville YMCA.

Serving as vice chairman of the Security & Logistics committee is Doug Froelich.

The Security & Logistics committee issues security passes for all personnel servicing the events, oversees the delivery, distribution and security of food, beverage, flowers, favors, programs and other items necessary to the success of the three indoor events, and monitors movement of people from the perimeter rooms into the main auditorium for the program portion of each of the three events.  The committee also provides security support for the Queen Pageant, Drum Corps Competition, Community Parade, Ribs Burnoff, Concert & Fireworks, Race, and Grand Parade committees.