CANTON, OHIO (May 4, 2009) – 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: Mike Boylan, Souvenirs; Jim Evans, Transportation; Nancy Chapman, Hostesses; and Richard Lutz, First Play.
|Boylan has been an active Enshrinement Festival volunteer for the past 13 years, previously serving as chairman of the Security and Logistics Committee. He is currently in his first year as Souvenir Committee chairman. He is a realtor with Cutler Real Estate, and a member of Stark County Association of Realtors and Builders Industry Association of Stark County.|
He and his team of highly-energized volunteers are responsible for selling official souvenir and commemorative items at nearly all 15 events throughout the 10 days of the Enshrinement Festival. Many of this year’s souvenir items, including the collector’s pin, will depict the Enshrinement Festival or Hall of Fame logo, and all items provide lasting memories of the festivities. Boylan will receive extensive assistance from vice-chairman Sarah Everett.
|Evans has been named Pro Football Hall of Fame Transportation chairman for the ninth year. Senior technology analyst for Bridgestone Americas Business Technology, he is a 25-year veteran of the committee, which is responsible for providing transportation for the Enshrinees, presenters and other special guests. Many of the Hall’s guests will arrive on the Thursday preceding the Enshrinement, and will not leave until after the Hall of Fame Game.|
The massive details of providing transportation will be addressed by a team effort led by Evans and his vice-chairmen Bob Vero and Joe Andoloro.
|Chapman is a professional contracting representative for Medical Mutual of Ohio. She has served as an Enshrinement hostess since 1998, and this is her first year in the chairmanship role. Her enthusiasm has been for the Enshrinement Festival Community Parade since 2000. She is a member of American Health Insurance Plans and Toastmasters of America.|
Chapman will be assisted by vice-chairman Daisy Suggs in selecting and preparing the numerous volunteer hostesses who are given various assignments, including assisting in the press box during the Hall of Fame Game and working on the stage during the Enshrinement ceremony. Each member of the 2009 Class of Enshrinees and their presenters will have a hostess assigned to his family while in Canton, and hostesses are also used to assist the wives of returning members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
|Lutz, a Canton native, is a registered architect and serves as president of Lawrence and Dykes Architects. In addition to his degree from Miami University, he completed the MBA Highlights program at Kent State University Stark Campus, as well as studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has been the First Play vice-chairman since its inception, stepping into the chairmanship for the first time last year. Lutz is a Canton Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and graduate of Leadership Stark County. He shares his time and talents as a member of the Meyers Lake YMCA board and American Institute of Architects.|
First Play committee vice-chairmen are Laura Weisgarber and Matthew Petit. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 6. Nearly 2,000 enthusiastic youngsters will pass an official NFL football through a three-mile child link chain, from the site in downtown Canton where the NFL was founded in 1920, to the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Emphasizing the importance of physical fitness starting at an early age, it is also a great ceremonial kick-off to an incredible weekend of football.
For complete Enshrinement Festival event and ticket information, as well as news about what’s happening at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, check the Web sites: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.