The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank hosted the 12th annual Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sept. 17 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.  According to Public Relations and Communications Manager Raven Gayheart, the event was a big success.

Gayheart was a guest on the Gary Rivers Show Wednesday morning and said that nearly 700 guests helped provide the equivalent of 670,000 meals to support individuals and families in the community struggling with hunger. All donations raised benefit the local fight against hunger.

“We’re extremely thankful for the community’s support during this event. It humbles me to see so many friends come together to support the Foodbank’s hunger-relief efforts,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. “Thousands of our neighbors in need will have access to nourishing meals because of your support and generosity.”

Hall of Famers wearing their iconic gold jackets attended the event to mingle with guests and sign autographs, and included Kevin Greene, Jerry Kramer, Billy Shaw and Roger Wehrli.


This year’s event showcased delicious cuisine and beverages provided by 23 restaurants, breweries and wineries. Some of the area’s top chefs came together to support the Foodbank and also to compete for the title of Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame People’s Choice award winner.

After guests strolled through the tents sampling each purveyors’ dishes, they cast their vote for their favorite item. Chosen as the 2019 People’s Choice award winner was The Rail. The Rail also earned this title in 2017 and wowed the crowd by serving its Mojo and Bootlegger burgers and blueberry basil lemonade.

Live auction items that excited the crowd and inspired many to give, included a ride on the Goodyear blimp, the opportunity to play catch with Gold Jacket Kevin Greene on the field, and a sand and snow getaway to Colorado and St. Kitts.

For more information about Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame or the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, visit or call 330.535.6900.