EAST LIVERPOOL -- Inductees for the Class of 2009 for the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame will be honored at ceremonies Saturday, June 13, and a cruise-ship themed dinner will set the stage and the mood for the facility's major fundraiser next year.
Prior to the public festivities, a private VIP reception is to be held at 5 p.m. at the Hall of Fame at 120 E. Fifth St., by invitation only, to allow current and past inductees an opportunity to be greeted by Coach Holtz and the Hall of Fame board of trustees. The reception is not open to the public.
A buffet dinner is to follow at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Pa. The outdoor, cruise-ship themed event will feature international cuisine from the countries of Italy, Greece, Asia, Germany and Mexico. A silent auction will be held during the meal.
The induction ceremonies will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. in the state-of-the-art theater, where a live auction will be featured.
Tickets for the dinner and ceremonies are $50, and a limited number are available at the Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Last year‰Ûªs event was sold out prior to the week of the event, so those hoping to attend are encouraged to purchase early. Tickets may be purchased with cash, check or credit card.
Tickets to the ceremonies only are available at $35. Special group pricing is available for area high school football teams to attend the ceremonies only.
Also to be acknowledged during ceremonies are local teachers who have been selected as winners of the "I Believe in YOUth" grant program. Earlier that day, an event planned recognizing 2009 recipients of the Lou Holtz Life Improvement Scholarship Award.
Jim Connelly, Hall of Fame board of trustee member and 2002 Distinguished American inductee, is to speak to the scholarship students. Connelly served for 10 years as the general manager of the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in California, having worked his way up from room clerk. He is chairman of Integrated Communications Services, and he is the author of "One More Sunset," a book detailing the extraordinary account of his friend Donna Jones' brush with death and fight to live independently despite great obstacles.
Following a luncheon, Coach Holtz will address the students and then hold a question-and-answer session with them prior to each student being professionally photographed with him.
No golf outing is planned as a part of this year's activities.
Those with questions about the upcoming events may contact the Hall of Fame at 386-5443.
This year's Hall of Fame inductees include: