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CANTON, OHIO (May 20, 2011) – In 2011, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 48th anniversary of honoring the legends of professional football. The world-renowned Enshrinement Festival celebrates the annual Enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors. With the addition of this year’s class, the Enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame total 267. All the excitement of this “One of a Kind Celebration” and a complete schedule of events are captured in the 2011 “Official Playbook” of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Individuals, area businesses and organizations are encouraged to pick up this comprehensive brochure at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce to distribute to family, friends, customers and clients. It is also available throughout the community at:
  • * Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum
  • * Canton and Massillon Auto Clubs
  • * Tourist Information Center on Fulton Road
  • * Visitors’ Information Center at Akron-Canton Airport
In addition to the printed copies of this year's Official Playbook, a digital copy is available online at www.ProFootballHOFEF.com/official-playbook for easy reference, download or printing. The brochure is referred to as the Official Playbook because it contains comprehensive information about each of the 18 events comprising the 2011 Enshrinement Festival, highlights the 2011 Class of Enshrinees – Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders, and Shannon Sharpe – and outlines details of the Future 50 Project, the $27 million expansion and renovation at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which will be completed in time for the 50th anniversary of the Hall and Enshrinement Festival in 2013. Continuing a tradition first started in 1977, the 2011 commemorative pins are also currently available, designating the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival as a “One of a Kind Celebration!” While this year’s pin is only $4, it could be worth much more for some lucky customers. Thanks to the generosity of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, each 2011 pin comes in an envelope with a pin prize entry form. GRAND PRIZES include: $300 in American Express gift cards from CharterOne Bank; commemorative item from the Pro Football Hall of Fame; complete car detailing service from Sure-Fit Auto Care Center; 10 three-foot party subs from J & K Subway (valid in Stark County); one-year supply of Pepsi products from The Pepsi Beverage Company; and a pizza-per-month for one year from Pizza Hut. In addition to these prizes, the pin envelope includes coupons from various businesses for food and entertainment discounts. Entry forms must be completed and returned to the Canton Regional Chamber offices by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2011. Mailed entries received Saturday, August 13, or later are not eligible. Winners will be drawn and announced on News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM on Tuesday, August 16, between 7 and 8 a.m. No purchase is necessary to win. For a complete list of rules and regulations or to request an entry blank, contact the Enshrinement Festival office at (330) 456-7253. For Enshrinement Festival ticket and event information, visit www.profootballhofef.com. The current and many past year’s pins can be purchased at the Enshrinement Festival office at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Avenue North, along with a variety of other souvenirs and gift items, including golf shirts, t-shirts and caps. These items will also be available for purchase at all Enshrinement Festival events.

ABOUT THE ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL

In 2011, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 48th 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 period of July 28 – Aug. 9, 2011. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $30 million for the Canton/Stark County area and nearly $54 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. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and the latest news, check the Web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.

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