EAST LIVERPOOL - Tickets are on sale now for the 15th-annual induction banquet of the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame, slated for Aug. 1 at Lincoln Park in Midland, Pa.
Columbiana County entrepreneur James E. Pastore of West Point and Highland Beach, Fla., has been chosen for induction in the Class of 2012. In addition to operating the JPI Group, which has a number of recycling-related business interests in Ohio and several other states, Pastore has contributed to high school athletic programs in the Upper Ohio Valley.
This year's Distinguished American is J. Roger Glunt, a homebuilder, remodeler, real estate developer and housing advocate from Pittsburgh. He is president of Glunt Development Co. Inc., and has long been active in local, state and national housing issues. He has served as a member of the board of trustees of his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, as well as president of the National Association of Home Builders
The Nutting Family of Wheeling and Pittsburgh has been selected to receive this year's Heritage Family Award. In addition to owning the Ogden Newspaper chain and Seven Springs Resort, they are major stockholders of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Last year, John A. Boehner, 53rd speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was named Distinguished American but was unable to attend the ceremony because his presence was required in Washington during the budget crisis. He has stated he plans to attend this year's function and receive his plaque from Holtz.
In addition to hearing from inductees and Boehner, those in attendance will also hear from Holtz, one of the country's most sought-after motivational speakers.
Tickets for the fundraising event, priced at $90 each, are available at the Hall of Fame at 120 E. Fifth St., East Liverpool. Because the Hall of Fame is non-profit, nearly half the cost of the ticket price is tax deductible.
The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers of mushroom caps stuffed with Romano cheese, fresh fruit skewers, vegetable skewers and trays of cheese, pepperoni, salami and crackers.
The buffet-style dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. featuring roast beef au jus, pork loin with apple stuffing, marinated chicken pieces, seafood scampi over angel hair pasta, green beans almandine, garden salad, rolls and butter, coffee, tea, lemonade and iced tea and an assortment of desserts.
In a separate location at Lincoln Park on the same date, a dinner will be hosted at 5:30 p.m. for graduating seniors receiving the 2012 Holtz Life Improvement Scholarships for trade schools and their guests, along with 2011 scholarship winners and teachers receiving the 2012 "I Believe in YOUth" grants along with their guests. The scholarship and grant crowd will be served stuffed chicken breasts with gravy, roasted redskin potatoes, haluski, green beans almandine, sliced ham, garden salad, rolls and butter, cake, coffee, tea, lemonade and iced tea.
Following an inspirational speech by Jim Connelly, a member of the Holtz Hall of Fame board of trustees and author of the motivational book "One More Sunset," the students and teachers will be addressed by Holtz.
Doors open for both events at 5 p.m.