DETROIT --- The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF) will induct a new class on September 13, 2010 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi marking the 54th Induction Event in the Hall's history. Class members include Bob Becker, George Blaha, Steve Fraser, Bill Fleming, Marian Ilitch, Rick Leach, Meg Mallon, Herman Moore, Eddie Murray, Jack Roush and Jon Urbanchek. In addition, Peter Karmanos, originally a member of the 53rd Class of Inductees, will be inducted with the new class.
"It's been a long time coming for this induction ceremony and we appreciate the patience shown by our class of inductees," said Scott Lesher, chairman of the MSHOF board, referring to the fact that these inductees were announced in 2008. "And we are very excited to honor them with their rightful place in the Hall of Fame. Mainly due to the economic challenges we have all faced, the Hall and the board has reluctantly postponed the induction ceremony for the past two years."
For the first time in its history, the MSHOF will hold their Induction Ceremony in Oakland County. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will serve as the honorary chairman for the Induction Ceremony.
"Looking forward," Lesher added, "we have teamed up with some great new partners in the Rock Financial Showplace and Epoch Catering and we are very excited to have Brooks Patterson join our efforts as we host our event in Oakland County for the first time."
The MSHOF's 54th Induction Event will begin at 5:00 pm with a private VIP reception. Festivities will include a strolling dinner reception beginning at 6:00 followed by the induction ceremony. More than 100 current Hall of Famers have been invited to honor this induction class. Current inductee bios can be found at www.michigansportshof.org/inductees/current.html.
"We are thrilled to announce our event plans at an exciting new venue," said Jim Stark, executive director of the MSHOF, "and having the support of Brooks will make it even more special. Our organization has worked diligently to create a focused, forward-reaching plan and is committed to honoring the members by making the Hall a viable, self-sustaining, not-for-profit business. Personally, I'm extremely optimistic and excited for the future of the MSHOF."
Tickets and further information for the MSHOF's 54th Induction Event are available by calling 248-473-0656, or by visiting the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame's Web site www.michigansportshof.org. In recognition of the ongoing economic situation, ticket prices have been reduced for 2010. A limited number of the private, VIP reception tickets are available at $225, general event tickets are $125 and a special youth ticket for those 15 and under is priced at $75. Ticket packages and group rates are also available.
The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 organization. It is comprised of 270 former champions, medalists, and great contributors to the world of sports. The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving, interpreting, honoring and displaying the amateur and professional history of sports in the State of Michigan through compelling events, exhibits, interactive e-displays and community outreach programs. Through these activities, the hall honors the athletes, coaches and administrators enshrined as Hall of Fame members who have brought fame, success and glory to the state.
For more information regarding the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, please visit www.michigansportshof.org.