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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following committee chairs: Gary Bradway, Communications; Barbara Bennett, General Chairman Alumni Association; Ron Dougherty, Safety Management; and George Lemon, Steering.

Bradway is retired from The Timken Company but continues to stay active in the community and at Christ The Servant Parish. He has served the Enshrinement Festival as a parade marshal and pop booth captain, and this is his second year as Communications Committee chairman. He and his wife are the proud parents of one son and one daughter.

Bradway and his vice chairman Donna Shadle will join with the committee in assuming responsibility for communications equipment utilized at all Enshrinement Festival events, as well as serving as a clearinghouse for inquiries from guests, patrons and media.

Bennett was the 2009 general chairman of the Enshrinement Festival and 2004 chairman of the board of trustees of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A 1990 graduate of Leadership Stark County, she currently serves on the boards of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Aultman Health Foundation, Walsh University board of advisors, Stream + Wetlands, the Stark Education Partnership and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association and Canalway Coalition  She is currently Director of Administrative Services for Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.  Bennett resides in North Canton with her two children and husband Keith.

The Alumni Association is 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.

Dougherty, of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty law firm, has been active in and chairman of various Enshrinement Festival activities since its beginning in 1963, and is serving his 22nd term as chairman of the Safety Management committee, while doing double duty as chairman of the Joint Coordinating Committee. 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 in 2012, its highest award given to one lawyer or judge each year. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he also served as Interim Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. He has one daughter, one son, and three grandsons. 

Lemon served with great enthusiasm as the 2015 General Chairman and has held leadership positions with an extraordinary number of civic organizations, including United Way, Canton Museum of Art, Goodwill Industries, Aultman Health Foundation, Stark State College and many more too numerous to list.  He and his wife Kaleen reside in Jackson Township, have four children and thirteen grandchildren.

The Steering Committee assists and facilitates as needed to successfully accomplish the Enshrinement Festival mission statement and goals and approves critical Enshrinement Festival issues, such as annual budget, ticket pricing changes and policy issues.