14 Sep 2012

Organization to Offer Auxiliary Seating

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame is announcing that its annual event, scheduled for October 17 at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency, is sold out. In making the announcement, board president Therese Forton noted, “the combination of a great class of inductees, combined with the outstanding work of our board members, has resulted in the earliest sell-out in the organization’s history. We are extremely grateful to those who purchased tickets in advance and we look forward to a great night of recognizing the accomplishments of this year’s newest members.”

With tickets still in demand for the 720 seat Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt, the GBSHOF has developed an alternate seating plan for those still wanting to enjoy the festivities. For $75.00, $10.00 less than the ticket to sit in the Grand Ballroom, patrons can purchase a seat in the Regency Ballroom, directly across the hall from the Grand Ballroom. The Regency Ballroom will feature a buffet dinner and a large screen TV with the events telecast live into the adjacent room. Patrons in the Regency Ballroom will be able to witness the speeches live from the ballroom foyer.

This will be the GBSHOF’s 22nd annual induction ceremony. Cocktails will be served at 5:30 pm, dinner promptly at 7 pm and the induction ceremony will start at 8 pm. For information on tickets, please contact Tina Pastwick at 716-693-3807, or visit the hall of fame’s ordering page at www.gbshof.com. Melissa Gearhart is the event chair.

The class of 2012 consists of former St. Bonaventure basketball star George Carter; Buffalo Bills linebacking great Harry Jacobs; Sabres broadcasting legend Rick Jeanneret; local amateur sports star Kim Kaul; Niagara County Community College wrestling coach of 38 years, Eric Knuutila; highly regarded tennis coach, Todd Miller; former Nichols hockey coach Frank Sacheli; St. Joe’s Collegiate football coach and athletic director, Joe Wolf; and brothers Craig and Ron Wolfley, who both starred in the NFL.

Entering posthumously are former U/Buffalo softball coach and administrator Nan Harvey, former major league baseball players Wally Schang and Stan Rojek and boxer Lou Scozza. The 14 inductees will bring the total number of local sports legends in the GBSHOF to 254.

For additional information, call 716-888-2977 or e-mail maddock@canisius.edu.