CANTON, OHIO (July 4, 2013) – 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: Michelle Moyer, Souvenirs; Nancy Chapman, Hostesses; Richard Lutz, Ambassadors; and Steve Marcelli, Autographs.
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Moyer graduated from the former Glenwood High School and Ohio University and is currently enrolled at Stark State College. She is a commercial services processor at Nationwide Insurance and has been a member of the Souvenir Committee for six years, with this being her second as chairman. The mother of one son, she is a past member of the American Business Women’s Association and Society of Professional Journalists, and a current member of Plain Local Alumni Association and Shiloh Baptist Church.
She and her team of highly energized volunteers are responsible for selling official souvenir and commemorative items at the majority of the 19 events over the nearly two and a half weeks 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 50th Anniversary logo, and all items provide lasting memories of the festivities.
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Chapman recently retired as a physician contracting representative for Medical Mutual of Ohio, headquartered in Cleveland. She has served as an Enshrinement hostess since 1998, and this is her fifth year in the chairmanship role. She is a member of American Health Insurance Plans and Toastmasters of America. Chapman and husband Thomas are parents of two daughters and one son, and proud grandparents of six.
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 NFL/Hall of Fame Game and working on the stage during the Enshrinement ceremony. Each member of the Class of 2013 Enshrinees and their presenters will have a hostess assigned to his family while in Canton, and other hostesses will be used to assist returning members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and their wives.
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Lutz, a Canton native, is a registered architect with Caplea Studio 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 was the First Play vice-chairman at its inception, with this year being his sixth consecutive year as chairman of the newly renamed Ambassador Committee, which is responsible not only for First Play, but also for the Ambassador Program and Welcome Ambassadors.
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 two daughters.
Ambassador Committee vice chairmen are Matthew Petit and Laura Weisgarber. The First Play event will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. Nearly 1,500 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.
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Marcelli, a Massillon native, is a Washington High School graduate and attended Walsh University. He is an executive sales associate at Putman Properties and a member of the Stark County, Ohio, and National Associations of Realtors. He received the Co-Star Power Broker Award in recognition of his accomplishments and is a member of the President’s Sales Club of the Ohio Association of Realtors. He is the proud father of two daughters and two sons.
A member of the Autograph Committee since 1999, this is his third consecutive year chairing the committee, and he is assisted by vice chairman Scott Robertson. The committee oversees the sessions where fans have the opportunity to preserve football memories with autographs from the current Class of Enshrinees, as well as some of the previous inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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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