Community Parade • Food • Staging • Special Events
CANTON, OHIO (April 6, 2011) – 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: Brad Longbrake, Community Parade; Karen Myers, Food; David Kiddey, Staging; and Joann Smith, Special Events. [gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="rand"]
Longbrake is partner at Reminger Co. LPA. A graduate of Wooster High School and the College of Wooster, he graduated from the School of Law at Case Western Reserve University. A member of the Community Parade Committee for the past 14 years, this marks his second year as chairman. He also served two years on the Grand Parade Committee. He and wife Suzanne have two children. The Community Parade is scheduled to kick-off at 2:30 p.m. on July 31, at 11th Street and Market Avenue North, and will travel south through the heart of downtown Canton. Longbrake will be assisted by vice chairman Bernie Bresson. Myers is a 15-year member of the Food Committee, with this being her first year as chairman, and she brings great expertise to the task via her position as consumer services supervisor for the Canton City Health Department. A graduate of East Canton High School and Kent State University, she has also taken classes at Walsh University. She and her husband Les have two children and three grandchildren. The Food Committee oversees the menu and wine selections, working closely with caterers, to ensure the success of the food service to 12,000 guests at the Enshrinement Festival’s Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees Dinner and Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable. Serving as vice chairman of the committee is Dean Kahler. Kiddey brings 12 years of committee experience with him to his first year as chairman of the Staging Committee, along with exceptional knowledge gained in his position as department supervisor for The Home Depot. He graduated from the former Glenwood High School and attended Kent State University. He is past president of Trendition House Color Association and has been active in the Jackson Band Boosters and Boy Scouts of America. He and wife Vicky are the parents of two children and grandparents to seven. The Staging Committee directs the planning, preparation and production of the Queen Pageant, Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees Dinner and Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable. Greg Briggs is assisting Kiddey as vice chairman. Smith, coordinator of student teaching and field experience at Kent State University at Stark, is heading the Hall of Fame Special Events Committee for the ninth year. Prior to this position, she served as chairman of the Enshrinement Festival Souvenir Committee, was a long-time member of the Appreciation Party Committee, and she continues to serve as co-chairman of the Ribs Burnoff judging sub-committee. She shares her musical gifts as a choir member at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, and as a singer and secretary of the board of trustees for Voices of Canton. She and husband Fred are the parents of two sons and grandparents of two granddaughters. 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 Linda Leitzke. 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 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. The central focus and highlight of the festivities will be the Aug. 6 induction ceremony for the 2011 Class of Enshrinees, comprised of Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders, and Shannon Sharpe. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and the latest news, check the Web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.