2013 PFUFA Reunion Itinerary
August 1-5, 2013
Weekend in Review:
I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came to Canton this summer to make our annual P.F.U.F.A. reunion the best yet! This year we welcomed back some familiar faces with Brad Carter “Cannonball” (class of 2004), Keith Kunzig “Big Nasty” (class of 2001), Tim Young “The Captain” (Class of 2003) and Andre Rheault “Frenchy” (class of 2002 from Dallas, who made his First trip to Canton)!
We also said goodbye to some family members. We honored Josh Dillman and Harry Trout with a moment of silence at the start of the business meeting. Josh was always a shining light at the annual reunion, taken from us far too soon. Harry Trout, who was battling health issues to make one last trip to Canton, only to leave us a week prior to our reunion. We continue to pray for them both.
We gave our very own “Hogettes” a proper send off into retirement. The P.F.U.F.A. “Hams” made a one-time only appearance to honor the Hogettes in their own unique way. Mikey T., Howiette, Danoette were on hand to enjoy the performance. We weren’t done with the Washington swine yet, as the P.F.U.F.A. Board of Directors unveiled the new “Golden Hog Award”. In honor of the Hogettes spirit of giving, the award is given to the member that did the most for charity that year. We presented one to the Hogettes, for which it was named. The 2013 winner was Burnt River Bob Hostutler.
2013 marked the return to the J. Babe Stern Center for our Saturday party where we were greeted by a line of kids flowing out the door and around the building. We loaded the kids up with tons of school supplies, prizes that included a pair of bikes donated by all the Ultimate Buffalo Bill’s fans and an X-Box 360 that was donated by Ram Man and Tagalong Toni. King Ram rocked the crowd with a wide variety of tunes and the kids enjoyed lunch prepared by the Burnt River Browns Backers. This year was also the first year for the P.F.U.F.A. to attend the annual Ribs Burnoff Event at the Stark County fairgrounds where we met our new float sponsor- the Akron Auto Auction- and reached thousands of fans we have never seen before!
Another unique event was when we all had the priveledge to witness a marriage proposal!! Dave Ricci, on bended knee, proposed to our very own Cindy Pierce (Purple Dame)!! It was an awesome surprise to all, but especially to a tearful Cindy!!
Finally we introduced the P.F.U.F.A. class of 2013 at our awards breakfast at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday morning. This year’s class: Cheryl Stewart (Spent) Tampa Bay, Chris Neace (AceRaison) Cincinnati, Cindi Dammann (Bears XO) Chicago, David Glenn (Bullhorn) Houston, Gregg Huggins (Capt. Buffalo) Buffalo, Jamie Phillips (Steeler Girl) Pittsburgh, James “Jimbo” Sabado (Cowbell Dude) Seattle, Judy Ballenger (Jungle Judy) Cincinnati, Justin Hostutler (J the Historian) Cleveland, Ken Castaneda (Bronco Ken) Denver, Laura Stockler (Hawkychick) Seattle, Lena Duda (Honeybear) Chicago, Manuel Moreno (Suspect) St. Louis, Pablo Navarro (Toozak) Oakland, Rafael Alverez (Bolt pride) San Diego, Randy Earick (Hat Guy) Arizona, Richard Zolnowski (Wagonmaster) Buffalo, Rick Steele (Cheese Wedge) Green Bay, Ronnie Arnaud Dallas, Vanessa Payne (Purple Payne) Baltimore and Wayne Sargent (the Ultimate Packer Fan) Green Bay. We also honored Mike and John Trupiano from Tailgate 32 with “honorary” coins for the work they did to support the P.F.U.F.A. and our mission statement.
I want to again thank all of our members, their spouses and families, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Tim and the J. Babe Stern Center, The Comfort Inn and the City of Canton for making our reunion an unforgettable event. We are already hard at work on next year’s reunion (#16!) to make it even better!
Karl Sides (Ram Man)
This year, reservation requests at the Comfort Inn are limited to one room per PFUFA member or Potential Veteran. If you requested an extra room(s) for any family and guests you would like to invite, reservations are available at the Country Inn with an unlimited number of reservations per person. If you would still prefer an extra room at the Comfort Inn, your name can be placed on a waiting list and you’ll be notified in the event a room becomes available.
Here are the details for contacting hotels:
(Please be mindful reservations are NOT available on-line, please call the hotel.)
PFUFA Members and Potential Veterans:
We will be staying at the Comfort Inn, 2024 State Route 39 NW, Dover, OH (Exit 83, Inst. 77). (330-364-8881). (http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-dover-ohio-OH443.) This will be the base of our reunion. The tailgate and hospitality room will be located here. Room prices start at $129.99 per night. (the new rooms are $10.00 higher). Reservations are limited to 1 room per PFUFA member or Potential Veteran. Your name will be placed on a waiting list with your room preference. This information will be relayed to Board of Directors Chairman Cindy Pierce, who in turn will contact you with room availability.
Family and Guests:
Additional rooms are available at the newly opened Country Inn, 1120 Gateway Place, Dover, OH (Exit 83,Inst 77) (http://www.countryinns.com/dover-hotel-oh-44622/ohdover/) The hotel is located on the other side of the “little bridge” across from the Comfort Inn and within a short walking distance. Room prices start at $139.99 per night. Please call the Country Inn at (330-365-9388) using the same instructions listed above. There is no limit to the number of rooms a PFUFA member or Potential Veteran can reserve at this hotel.
If you’d prefer something off-site from the Reunion, here’s a couple of options:
The Best Western is one exit south from Comfort Inn and has plenty of rooms for our fans. At this time, we do not have a group rate. (This hotel is located at: 161 Bluebell Drive Southwest, New Philadelphia, OH. Their phone number is (330) 339-6500.)
Schoenbrunn Inn is one exit south from Comfort Inn and has plenty of rooms for our fans. At this time we do not have a group rate. (This hotel is located at: 1186 West High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH. Their phone number is (330) 339-4334)
Thursday – 8/1/2013
10:00 am to 2:00 pm - Pro Football Hall of Fame’s “FIRST PLAY”. This is an organized “first play” of the NFL season. Thousands of kids will be lined up through Canton and will pass/hand a football through the city and parks that will end at the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame would like our organization to start at the south end of Monument Park at 9:30 and work our way to the Hall of Fame. Parking will be available at the McKinley Museum and the shuttle will take all members back to their cars following Chick Fil-a Event. Food will be available at Chick Fil-a Event that follows First Play (If you would prefer not to make the walk – please join in the festivities in the normal gathering place at the HOF around 10:00 am. Shuttle will leave the hotel at 8:30.
12:00 pm – Hospitality Room Opens. The room will be stocked with snacks and beverages. You can sit back, relive old memories, and plan the current season. This area will be open throughout the weekend.
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - The Akron Children's Hospital Visit. Bill Walters has arranged a hospital visit for the group, and we will be visiting the children's hospital in the afternoon. Don’t forget to bring your blankets! More information is on the PFUFA Voice message board. (PHOTOS ARE NOT PERMITTED BEYOND THE HOSPITAL LOBBY) (We will be dropping things off at the Babe on Friday morning. Please identify on the outside of the boxes which team's table items should be delivered to. Please have items ready for pick up in the hall outside the Hospitality Room by 8:00am on Friday. We will also accept items until 10:00 pm on Friday for those that don't arrive early enough for first delivery.)
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm (or later) -- RIBS BURNOFF (New Float Sponsor) The PFUFA has been asked to participate in the event providing photo ops and autographs. There is no admission fee. The PFUFA will be provided parking passes and are encouraged to carpool. (There is a $5.00 parking fee after 4:00 pm.) Any members who would like to bring there “Ultimate Fan” vehicles, buses, etc….space can be made available to display your vehicles in full view of the crowds. We will probably be around the Day Stage area and will have tables and chairs to use.
Friday – 8/2/2013
6:30 am to 12:00 pm – 3rd Annual PFUFA Golf Tournament.
Place: Willandale Golf Course
Date: August 2, 2013
Time: 6:30 am tee time
Cost: $20.00 per golfer
9:30 am – Float Judging for Grand Parade. Our sponsor encourages as many fans as possible to participate in this event. Fans will meet in the hotel lobby by 8:15. ALL 2013 POTENTIAL VETERANS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. All PFUFA members and guests not attending the golf tournament are encouraged to participate. Shuttle will leave the hotel at 8:30.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - PFUFA Potential Veteran Meeting to be held in the Comfort Inn Hospitality Room. In this meeting, the President will have an open forum meeting with all Potential Veterans to discuss the weekend, the draft process, the history of PFUFA, the meaning of being a PFUFA member, and the PFUFA Challenge Coin. This is a MANDATORY meeting for all Potential Veterans being considered for membership. This is a closed meeting available to Potential Veterans, PFUFA officers and the PFUFA Membership Committee only. (All officers and membership committee members will attend as possible.)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - PFUFA Potential Veteran Meet & Greet to be held in the Comfort Inn Main Lobby. Members are invited to visit with the 2013 Potential Veterans. Around 1:15 each Potential Veteran will give a "short" speech introducing themselves to any members in attendance.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – The Annual PFUFA Business Meeting is open to all dues paying members of PFUFA. This means ONLY ACTIVE MEMBERS will be allowed to attend. This meeting is designed to keep members informed and vote on important issues. (As voted on at the 2009 Reunion, only members in good standing are allowed to attend, please be sure to help police this policy.)
7:00 pm to 12:00 am – PFUFA Tailgate at hotel. For the fifth year, our annual tailgate will be held on Friday night!!! Please plan accordingly!! As always, this will be a “pot luck” tailgate, so bring your favorites to share with fellow members and their guests. The success of this event depends on your participation. We encourage everyone to bring something.
Saturday – 8/3/2013
8:00 to 10:00 am – Timkin Grand Parade. All Fans participating in the Grand Parade will leave from the hotel lobby. PFUFA and our sponsor The Ribs Burnoff request as many fans on the float as possible. Walkers are also encouraged if the float gets crowded. Shuttle will leave the hotel at 6:00 am.
TBD – Guests Leave for Grand Parade.
11:00 am to 12:30 pm – PFUFA Ultimate Fan Event at the HOF. A tented area has been made available for this excellent opportunity to promote the PFUFA, sign autographs and take photos with visitors to the HOF. Members are asked to limit their handouts to trading cards only. The PFUFA will have subway sandwiches and water available to the members at the event. Shuttle service is available for those who would like to attend the PFUFA Charity Event at the J. Babe Center afterwards.
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm – PFUFA Charity Event at the J. Babe Center -- Many members have asked for it, so we are GOING BACK TO THE BABE!!! The Browns Backers have volunteered to cook for the kids. There will be music, food and water for the members and hundreds of kids to meet and treat! There will also be a “Big” Raffle for the kids! Members are asked to donate any memorabilia they would like included in the raffle. The J. Babe Center has suggested bringing school supplies to hand out. We’ll be set-up at tables inside the center to pass out cards and take pictures. We are going to try to have the kids on "our" basketball team available for a group photo with us for the site.
3:15 pm - Final Vote Results - All Potential Veterans are to meet in the Comfort Inn Hospitality Room. This is a closed meeting available to Potential Veterans, Membership Committee members and officers only. In this meeting, the new members are announced, issued draft cards, and given instructions for the PFUFA Induction Breakfast.
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party at the HOF. Please click on the link to purchase ticket packages or individual tickets for HOF sanctioned festivities.
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - 2nd Annual PFUFA Pro Bowl Game! Finally our members are going to get out there and finally decide which conference has bragging rights on the field. The game will be held on Saturday afternoon/evening and will be AFC FANS vs NFC FANS, there will be an open sign-up sheet in the hospitality room, we would like to have at least 10 on 10, and it is open for everyone to play. Reminder to everyone this is a 2 hand touch game, no one needs to get hurt!
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm – Enshrinement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. We are encouraging as many fans as possible to attend. This is at Fawcett Stadium next to the Hall of Fame. Please click on the link to purchase ticket packages or individual tickets for HOF sanctioned festivities.
7:00 pm to 12:00 pm – Tailgate Party II. For those members that are not attending the HOF Events, we will be holding a "Carry Over Tailgate Party" at the hotel. This will be more relaxed and less organized than the Official Tailgate Party on Friday night. If you know that you will not be attending the HOF Events, please be prepared to attend this.
8:00 pm to TBD – 4th Annual PFUFA Charity Texas Hold’em Tournament. We will have our charity hold’em tournament in the hospitality room, buy-in will be $10.00 and buy-backs will last for the first hour. This is all for charity and no one will win any money! Trophies will be given out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Everyone who would like to play needs to contact Susan Podd sometime during the Reunion. Everyone who is not attending the Hall events is encouraged to play.
10:30 pm -- THE AUCTION WINNERS will be drawn. If you win an item, please pick it up at the hotel hospitality room.
Sunday – 8/4/2013
8:30 am to 12:00 pm - PFUFA Breakfast and Induction Ceremony at the Hall of Fame. Our PFUFA awards will be presented, the new draft class will be recognized, and other events will take place. Shuttle will leave the hotel at 7:30 am.
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party at the HOF. Please click on the link to purchase ticket packages or individual tickets for HOF sanctioned festivities.
Monday – 8/5/2013
12:00 pm – Hospitality Room Closes and the 2013 PFUFA Reunion ends.