HOF Enshrinement Festival names key committee chairs
CANTON, OHIO (February 22, 2011) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named chairmen of three key committees: Dan Fuline, Steering Committee; William Schauer, General Chairman Alumni Association; and Ron Dougherty, Safety Management Committee. [gallery link="file" orderby="rand"] Fuline, CEO and executive director of Community Services of Stark County, Inc., most recently served as 2010 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, such as annual budget, ticket pricing changes and policy issues. Fuline previously served on and chaired numerous Enshrinement Festival committees, including Security & Logistics, Communications, Balloon Classic Invitational and Souvenirs. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Youngstown State University and master’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University. He holds a Diplomate in clinical social work. He was honored in 1991 as Social Worker of the Year, received the Good Samaritan’s Award in 1999, and was the Golden Dove Award recipient in 2001. He is a past president of Canton Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He serves on the boards of the Sisters of Charity and the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundations. He is also a member of the Prescription Assistance Board and on the advisory boards of the Salvation Army and the Advisory Social Work Board for Malone University. Fuline has been married to wife Linda for 40 years, and together they have two sons and seven grandchildren. Schauer was the 2006 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. For the second 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 & Casualty Underwriter as well as Chartered Life Underwriter. He is past president of the Arthritis Foundation of Canton and has served as a member of Canton Palace Theatre Association board and Cultural Center for the Arts budget and marketing committees. 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 16th 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 is the only Stark County lawyer to hold the office of president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and he served as chairman of the Stark County Public Defender Commission for 26 years and as Canton Assistant City Solicitor. 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 2000 and the 2002 Award of Merit recipient from Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he was The Wilderness Center 2004 honoree and is the immediate past chairman of the board of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He and his wife, the former Carole Stover, have one daughter, one son and three grandsons. 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 diverse events over nearly two weeks from July 28 to 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 $55 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. 6 induction ceremony for the 2011 Class of Enshrinees, comprised of defensive end Richard Dent, running back Marshall Faulk, linebacker Chris Hanburger, linebacker Les Richter, contributor Ed Sabol, cornerback Deion Sanders, and tight end Shannon Sharpe. 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