Key chairs named for Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
CANTON, OH (May 18, 2011) – 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: Pat Fallot, Concert & Fireworks, Daniel Reusser, 2-Mile and 5-Mile Races, and Guy Ruda, Enshrinement. [gallery link="file" orderby="rand"] Fallot, a graduate of Malvern High School, serves the City of Louisville as its Mayor and is also a substitute bus driver for Osnaburg Local School District. She is director of the Louisville Community Choir and president of Washington Ruritan Club, past Ohio District Ruritan Governor, master of Magnolia range Louisville Eagles, graduate of Leadership Stark County and member of Julliard Board and Farm Bureau. Fallot, vice chairman Mike King, and their team will be attending to the many details involved with this event, which signals the dynamic kick off to 18 events over nearly two weeks for the enjoyment of 700,000 people. Activities are planned for Thursday, July 28, 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. Musical entertainment on the Fishers Foods’ stage will include the Malone University Singers and perennial favorite True Blue band. The festivities will conclude with an incredible pyrotechnic display by Zambelli - “the First Family of Fireworks” - launched from the Cornerstone Square parking deck at approximately 10 p.m. Reusser is a long-time member of the Race Committee, with this being his second and final year as chairman. He is an avid runner who is passionate about the benefits of physical fitness. A broker with Schauer Group, Inc., he is involved in several Enshrinement Festival activities including the Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks Committee. He and wife Karen have one daughter and one granddaughter. Cash and/or other prizes will be awarded to top finishers in the 2-mile and 5-mile events, and both serious and recreational runners are welcome to participate. There will be no race-day registration, so please register online now at www.bit.ly/2011races. Vice chairman Chris Milcetich is assisting Reusser in planning the activities scheduled for Sunday, July 31, that will include the seventh annual free, 400-meter, Kids Fun Run. The Fun Run, for youngsters six and under, makes everyone a winner, and has costumed characters race with the kids to the finish line. In addition to the traditional 2-Mile and 5-Mile Races, this year will mark the second annual 5-Mile Competitive Walk in which walkers must be able to maintain an 18-minute pace, and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in this division. All races finish at the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, offering great photo opportunities and the chance to visit the museum. Ruda, a sales associate for R. Z. Marketing Group, is serving his 11th year as chairman of the Enshrinement 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 program. Assisting him will be co-vice chairmen Terry Coyne for planning and Dave McRoberts for facilities. The Enshrinement for the Class of 2011 football greats will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at Fawcett Stadium. The stellar Class of Enshrinees includes 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. ABOUT THE ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL 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 unique events over a period 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 nearly $54 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. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and the latest news, check the Web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.