CANTON, OHIO (February 23, 2013) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named chairmen for three key committees for 2013: Candy Wallace, Steering Committee; William Schauer, General Chairman Alumni Association; and Ron Dougherty, Safety Management Committee.
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Wallace, a longtime and extremely active community volunteer, most recently served as the 2012 general chairman of the Chamber’s Enshrinement Festival committees. The function of the Steering Committee is to assist and facilitate as needed to successfully accomplish the Enshrinement Festival mission statement and goals. This committee’s approval is required for crucial Enshrinement Festival issues, including the annual budget, ticket pricing changes and policy issues.
Wallace has been deeply involved in Enshrinement Festival activities for many years, including serving in 2011 as general vice chairman, as well as prior service on the Fashion Show Luncheon Committee, and as chairman of both the Food and Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Committees. Elsewhere in the community, she is a member of the Aultman Hospital Women’s Board and provides volunteer service to Stark Community Foundation, Stark Education Partnership, Sisters of Charity, SPARK, Plain Local Schools and Leadership Stark County. She and her husband William reside in Canton and have four children and three grandchildren.
Schauer was the 2006 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. For the fourth consecutive year, he now oversees a committee comprised of past general chairmen, many of whom will offer assistance to the Enshrinement Festival in the areas of sponsor recognition, promoting community awareness and support in planning and producing Enshrinement Festival events.
Corporate treasurer of Schauer Group, Inc., he is a chartered property and casualty underwriter, as well as chartered life underwriter. He is past president of the Arthritis Foundation of Canton and past president of the Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he has participated in fundraising for the Downtown Canton YMCA, Malone and Walsh Universities, United Arts, United Way and Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. He and his wife Bobbi have three sons.
Dougherty, of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty law firm, is serving his 18th term as chairman of the Safety Management Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Joint Coordinating Committee that serves as liaison between the Enshrinement Festival department of the Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A Canton native, Dougherty graduated from Canton Lincoln High and was honored in 2000 as a Distinguished Alumnus. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia Law School, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1957 as a lieutenant and captain. He served as chairman of the Stark County Public Defender Commission for 26 years and as Canton Assistant City Solicitor. He is the only Stark County lawyer to hold the office of president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and the only Stark County lawyer or judge to ever receive the Foundation’s Ritter Award (2012), its highest award given to one lawyer or judge each year.
Active in and chairman of various Enshrinement Festival activities since its beginning in 1963, Dougherty was the founder of the Enshrinement Festival General Chairman Alumni Association as well as its Individual Award of Merit recipient in 2009, and was the 2002 Award of Merit recipient at the Canton Regional Chamber’s Community Salute Awards. Additionally, he was The Wilderness Center 2004 honoree and is a member of the board and executive committee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has one daughter, one son and three grandsons.
About the Enshrinement Festival & 50th Anniversary
In 2013, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 50th 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 Canton Regional Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 19 diverse events from July 19 to Aug. 6, 2013.
The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $32 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $56 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 this year’s Enshrinement Festival will be the Aug. 3 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 Enshrinees: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp.
For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.
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