Enshrinement Festival announces key committee chairmen
Souvenirs · Appreciation Party · Hospitality · First Play CANTON, OH (May 12, 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: Mike Boylan, Souvenirs; Julie Norris, Appreciation Party; Bob McFarlane, Hospitality; and Richard Lutz, First Play. [gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="rand"] Boylan has been a very active Enshrinement Festival volunteer for the past 14 years, previously serving as chairman of the Security and Logistics Committee. He is currently in his second year as Souvenir Committee chairman. Boylan is a realtor with Cutler Real Estate and a member of Stark County Association of Realtors. He and his team of high-energy volunteers are responsible for selling official souvenir and commemorative items at the majority of the 19 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. Norris, pharmacy benefits coordinator for AultCare, is serving her first year as chairman of the Appreciation Party Committee after being on the committee for nine years. Norris is a member of the United Way committee for Aultman Hospital and advisory committee for ECSV (East Canton, Canton South, Sandy Valley) Career Academy. She is married to Paul and together they are the proud parents of two children and one granddaughter. The Appreciation Party is held to show gratitude to the generous sponsors and team of more than 4,200 dedicated community volunteers who provide the resources and support to make the annual Enshrinement Festival such a huge success. Dave Dolan is serving as committee vice chair. McFarlane, national sales director of sporting goods for Bruce Foods Corporation, is an 18-year veteran of the Hall of Fame Hospitality Committee and has been named its chairman for the 11th year. In addition to his volunteer work with the Hall of Fame committee, McFarlane is past-chairman of the Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic Invitational Committee, past-president of Wishes Can Happen, Inc., past-president of Jackson Township Jaycees and served 26 years as a football official. He and wife Sharon are proud of daughter Kelly and son-in-law Scott. The Hospitality Committee coordinates post-banquet receptions and several private receptions as well as the fan appreciation events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Enshrinement and Hall of Fame Game days. Assisting McFarlane in vice chairmen capacities are Tim Jones, Gina Bannevich, Susan Campbell, Chuck DeChellis, Jr., Marcus Kuntz, Chuck Pressler, Tim Theiss and Gary Travis. 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 at Stark, as well as studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has been the First Play vice-chairman since its inception, with this year being his third consecutive year as chairman. 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. He and wife Laura are the parents of daughters Krista and Jenna. First Play committee vice chairmen are Laura Weisgarber and Matthew Petit. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5. 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. 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 18 unique events over a 11-day period from July 29 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 $55 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.