HOF Enshrinement Festival General Chairman Alumni Association holds annual dinner, presents awards
CANTON, OH (September 26, 2012) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival General Chairman Alumni Association held its annual dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The event was emceed by Bill Schauer, current association president and 2006 general chairman. The association is comprised of all general chairmen of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Enshrinement Festival committees since the Enshrinement Festival’s inception; members offer assistance to the Enshrinement Festival in the areas of sponsor recognition, promoting community awareness and support in planning and producing the annual festivities. At the annual dinner, Schauer announced that the annual Individual Award of Merit winners were Mark Copeland and the late Ron Aller of Belden Village Towing. “Belden Village Towing has been a long-time, very generous inkind sponsor of the Enshrinement Festival events, with both Mark and Ron devoting a massive amount of their personal time to transport the golf carts, gators, light towers and generators from event to event,” said Schauer. “They took great pride in being at each event to ensure everything was done properly, and to provide top-notch customer service. They each exemplify selfless service and a ‘how can we help you’ attitude with integrity, loyalty and enthusiasm." Schauer also remarked that since Aller’s untimely passing in May 2011, Copeland has continued the extraordinary support of the Enshrinement Festival, the Alumni Association is honored to recognize both men along with the Belden Village Towing team. Also presented was the 18th annual Corporate Award of Merit to Superior Beverage Group in appreciation of their long and generous support of the Enshrinement Festival. “When Superior Beverage Group bought Fame Beverage in 2007, they continued to support the Enshrinement Festival to the same high level as Fame, and Taylor Beverage before them. Their sponsorship and marketing partnership are critical to several events, as are their guidance and input relative to industry trends and standards,” said Schauer. “Superior Beverage Group provides extensive signage and quality staffing at each event in order to troubleshoot any issues and assure excellence and great customer service.” The award was presented by Maury Sullivan, 1994 general chairman, and accepted on behalf of Superior Beverage Group by Ed Hlad, vice president of the beer division, accompanied by Larry Marino, division manager for Akron/Canton, and Sandy Toma and Frank Cheatham, draft technicians for special events. Another tradition at the annual dinner is the initiation into the association of the most recent general chairman. Robert Timken, 2011 general chairman, presented the ceremonial green jacket to Candy Wallace, 2012 general chairman. She was commended for her extraordinary leadership and dedication to the enhancement and growth of the Enshrinement Festival, and was especially recognized for her unmatched, hands-on role in supporting all of the Enshrinement Festival committees. In 2013, Wallace will continue to serve the Enshrinement Festival as chairman of the Chamber’s Steering Committee. Additionally, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Chamber’s Enshrinement Festival department have begun to collaborate on plans for their 50-year celebrations in 2013, and Wallace will co-chair the Chamber’s planning efforts along with Timken.