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Communications • Special Services • Security & Logistics

CANTON, OHIO (March 16, 2011) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber has named the following auxiliary committee chairs, all of whom are in their second year of committee leadership: Alex Hoce, Communications; Diana Morse, Special Services; and Doug Froelich, Security & Logistics. Hoce, a career firefighter/paramedic currently with the Plain Township Fire Department and president of their Union Local 2967, also works part-time for Canton Township and Jackson Township Fire Departments. He has fond memories of participating in Enshrinement Festival activities since he was a child, including selling pop, working the trash patrol and assisting with first aid efforts at the Ribs Burnoff. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, he attended the University of Toledo and obtained a bachelor’s degree in emergency management from University of Richmond, Va. He is a member of the International Association of Firefighters and formerly a member of St. Paul’s UMC mission team and Canton Civic Opera volunteer. Hoce will be assisted by committee vice chairman Gary Lyon. 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. Morse, fraud manager for GE Capital, serves as co-leader of GE Women’s Network. She graduated from Garfield High School and The University of Akron. She and her husband Ricky have two adult children and two grandchildren. Assisting Morse with committee duties is vice chairman Dan Paumier. The Special Services Committee assists many of the event committees with varied duties, including media and sponsor hospitality, registration at the Balloon Classic Invitational media flight, transportation for the Drum Corps Competition and hosting the Timken Grand Parade float judges. Froelich, a teacher at Green High School, heads the committee that coordinates security and logistics for several Enshrinement Festival events, including the Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees Dinner and Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable. This is his 13th year as a member of the committee, and he has also served as chairman of the Balloon Classic Invitational Committee and was an eight-year member of the Hall of Fame’s Hospitality Committee. A graduate of North Canton Hoover High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree from Ashland University. Serving as vice chairman of the Security & Logistics committee is Dennis Manzella. 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, 2-Mile and 5-Mile Races and Timken Grand Parade committees. In 2011, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 48th anniversary of honoring the legends of professional football, which includes conducting a world-renowned festival celebrating the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 18 diverse events over nearly two weeks from July 28 to Aug. 9, 2011. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $30 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $55 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions will experience aspects of the Enshrinement Festival as events are televised and covered by other media. The central focus and highlight of this year’s Enshrinement Festival will be the Aug. 6 induction ceremony for the 2011 Class of Enshrinees, comprised of defensive end Richard Dent, running back Marshall Faulk, linebacker Chris Hanburger, linebacker Les Richter, contributor Ed Sabol, cornerback Deion Sanders, and tight end Shannon Sharpe.

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