The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that Elissa M. Prazer has joined the Events Department as event manager.

Prazer will be responsible for working with committee volunteers, sponsors, and other staff members to plan and stage several Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival events including Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, and Enshrinees’ Roundtable, while also serving as staff liaison to the Food and Staging committees.

She is a graduate of Sandy Valley High School and earned a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University, with a dual major in community health services and health services administration. Not a complete stranger to the Enshrinement Festival, she was selected as Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen in 2012 which resulted in a summer of community service activities and participation in all of the festival events.  “My experience that summer really touched my heart and stayed with me throughout my college years," said Prazer. "When I graduated, I just couldn’t ignore the strong desire to return to Canton to help contribute to its vitality.”  

“Elissa brings a high level of enthusiasm to the position and has the advantage of having seen much of the behind-the-scenes planning for Enshrinement Festival events during her tenure as Queen, during which she was truly a goodwill ambassador for the  Hall of Fame City,” stated Joanne Murray, vice president of community events and sponsorships.

This year’s Enshrinement Festival will feature several schedule changes that will be instituted as part of the continuous effort to maximize the guest and visitor experience.

Notable changes include that the Hall of Fame Game will be played for the first time ever on a Thursday night, August 3rdFriday, August 4th will feature the annual Fashion Show Luncheon as well as the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner where the Class of 2017 will receive their Gold Jackets during the nationally televised event. 

Saturday, August 5th
, will kick off with The Canton Repository Grand Parade and conclude with the Enshrinement Ceremony at newly renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Fans are in store for another big day on Sunday, August 6thstarting with the Enshrinees’ Roundtable and concluding with the third annual Concert for Legends.