The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is pleased to announce emcees for the Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, August 5, The Canton Repository Grand Parade on Saturday, August 6, and Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable on Sunday, August 7.
Stefani Schaefer, co-anchor of Fox 8 News in the Morning, will emcee this year’s Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, August 5, and it promises to be a high energy production. An Alliance native, she is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and University of Mount Union where she was an All-American Scholar and a National Collegiate Academic Honoree. While in high school, she was a featured vocalist for the Enshrinement ceremonies and she has sung the National Anthem for the Game, so she truly has a soft spot in her heart for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
She first started at WJW Fox 8 in Cleveland in 1992, then took a hiatus to pursue other opportunities including hosting a national network show broadcast out of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. In 2007, she returned to WJW Fox 8, and in 2008, she was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 2012, she was named Cleveland's Favorite News Anchor and Favorite News Team.
Football and fashion might seem like an unlikely mix, but it’s a perfect fit for the nearly 3,200 guests who enjoy the event that includes state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and video to showcase male and female models featuring the season’s hottest fashions. An exclusive bridal scene will be an exciting element in this year’s show, and the fashions will be enhanced by the excitement of several performances including the Constellation Performing Arts Dancers, American Commodore Dancers, and wheel gymnasts from CirquesExperience. Great tickets are still available by calling the Chamber at (330) 458-2048.
Early the next morning on Saturday, August 6, Schaefer will join Todd Porter as co-commentators for The Canton Repository Grand Parade. Porter was born and raised in Stark County and has extensively covered Stark County’s affinity for high school football. He has been on staff at The Canton Repository since 1991, during which time he has been named Associated Press Ohio Sports Writer of the Year multiple times. He was a triple-crown winner in the 2013 Ohio Associated Press Media Editors contest, taking first place honors in column writing, enterprise, and breaking news. He is currently Special Projects Editor, overseeing the newspaper special event and section coverage, particularly as it relates to Hall of Fame Village.
Joe Dunn will be joining the team for the fourth consecutive year as man-on-the-street for interviews with the Class of 2016 and many returning Gold Jacket/Hall of Famers. After a stint with the then-Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, he became Director of Sports Marketing at the University of Akron and is currently Vice President of Sales at Big Time Sports, a regional company producing sports talk shows and featuring high school sports coverage.
Parade units step off at Sixth St. and Cleveland Ave. SW and move north to 25th St. NW, where they will begin to disband. For Enshrinement Festival and football fans wanting to enjoy the parade, great reserved chair and bleacher seats are still available for only $9 by calling the Chamber at (330) 458-2088 or by stopping in at 222 Market Ave. N from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Spectators will be required to show their tickets before being permitted to sit in reserved areas, and this will be strictly enforced.
Steve Wyche began his stint covering the NFL in 2005, this time for the Atlanta Journal Constitution,
after covering the Dolphins for the Miami Herald in the mid-1990’s. He also covered the NBA for the Washington Post and a variety of other sports in a 25-year career that started in Richmond, VA. In addition to his role as a senior writer for NFL.com, he contributes insider reports and analysis, and moderates panel discussions on NFL Network’s signature show NFL Total Access. He also hosts the network’s Pro Football Hall of Fame specials during the season, after the Super Bowl, and during Enshrinement weekend.
The Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, and features a center stage roundtable presentation featuring members of the Class of 2016 Enshrinees just hours after their emotional induction ceremonies. The roundtable will feature an unscripted, up close and personal format where they share stories and memories of their careers.