Enshrinement Festival announces key committee chairmen
Community Parade · Food · Staging · Special Events CANTON, OH (April 14, 2010) – 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; Rick Lerch, Food; Bob Reolfi, Jr., 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. He has been a member of the Community Parade Committee for the past 14 years with this year his first 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 kickoff at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 1, at Eleventh Street and Market Avenue North, and will travel south through the heart of downtown Canton. Longbrake will be assisted by vice chairman Bernie Bresson. Lerch is a ten-year member of the Food Committee, with this being his second and final year as chairman. He brings great expertise to the task through his ownership of Nicole’s Family Restaurant in East Canton. He is a board member and past-president of the Tri-County Restaurant Association and channels his love of sports through his service as an OHSAA basketball official and ASA fast pitch umpire. He and wife Joanne are the parents of one daughter. The Food Committee oversees the menu and wine selections and works 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 Karen Myers. Reolfi brings 16 years of committee experience with him to his second and final year as chairman of the Staging Committee. Sales manager for Esber Cash Register, he donates his spare time as a volunteer at the North Canton YMCA, which recognized his service by naming him Volunteer of the Year and recipient of the Matt Gestling Memorial Award. He and wife Joyce are the parents of one son and one daughter. The Staging Committee directs the planning, preparation and production of the Queen Pageant, Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees Dinner and Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable. David Kiddey is assisting Reolfi 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 eighth year. Prior to this position, she served as chairman of the Enshrinement Festival Souvenir Committee and was a long-time member of the Appreciation Party Committee. Smith also continues to serve as co-chairman of the Ribs Burnoff judging sub-committee. She shares her musical gifts as cantor at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, and as a singer and secretary of the board of trustees for Voices of Canton (VOCI). She and husband Fred are the parents of two sons and proud 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. ABOUT THE ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL In 2010, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 47th 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 19 unique events over a 10-day period from July 30 to Aug. 8, 2010. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of $30 million for the Canton/Stark County area and nearly $50 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. 7 induction ceremony for the 2010 Class of Enshrinees, comprised of guard Russ Grimm, linebacker Rickey Jackson, cornerback Dick LeBeau, running back Floyd Little, defensive tackle John Randle, wide receiver Jerry Rice, and running back Emmitt Smith. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and the latest news, check the Web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.