Legends event in third year

A title sponsor and music are two of the major additions to the Warren Gridiron Club’s Football Legends of Warren reunion and celebrity golf outing, now in its third year.

Downtown Development Group, headed by Warren native Mark Marvin, is the title sponsor for the event, and internationally acclaimed jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson will provide entertainment at the reunion dinner scheduled Sept. 22 at Trumbull Country Club.

“This is just another example of his (Marvin’s) commitment to his hometown,” Legends event co-chairperson Ray Yannucci said about the event’s sponsor.

“We are very excited to have Marcus Johnson,” said Virginia Holmes, the event’s other co-chairperson and chairperson of the Warren Gridiron Club. “It could be the start of a trend with entertainment every year.

The golf outing, also at Trumbull CC, is scheduled the next day, Sept. 23, a Sunday. That is a change from the first two Legends weekends when the golf outing was on Monday.

Hall of Famer Paul Warfield, who serves as Legends host, will be stationed at the third tee and will hit a shot with each group in addition to posing for photos and chatting with the players.

The winning golf team, in a four-man scramble format, will take home $1,000 cash. In all, $2,500 in cash and-or merchandise will be available as prizes in the golf competition.

Before Sept. 13, golf foursomes can sign up for $400. After the 13th, entry fee is $125 per golfer. The recognition dinner is $115 per person, though a group of 10 can get tickets for $1,000.

The two previous events raised about $68,000 for the Gridiron Club which uses the money to help the Harding football program through certified tutors for study tables, football camps, meals, upgraded weight room equipment, equipment reconditioning, additional SAT/ATC test fees and a new ACT test prep program with specialized tutors.

“Our goal every year is to exceed in donations what we did the year before,” Yannucci said.

The inaugural event honored the dozens of former Warren (Harding and Western Reserve) football players who have gone on to play professionally. Last year, the coaches of Warren’s public school state championship teams were honored.

This year, any former football player at Harding or Western Reserve who attends the dinner or golf outing will be recognized at those events. Those who would like to do that should send their information (school, years played, position, awards) to Yannucci at ryannucci@yahoo.com.

There are numerous donation and sponsorship packages available for the dinner, the golf outing or both. More information is available at www.wghsports.com.