Paul McFadden will be the guest speaker for this year's event.
COLUMBIANA -- Paul McFadden, Youngstown State University's chief development officer and former kicking standout with both YSU and the Philadelphia Eagles, will be the guest speaker for the 52nd annual Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Feb. 27 at the Dutch Village Inn.
The banquet, from 6 to 9 p.m., will focus on the opportunities and challenges of community growth and development and recognize local citizens or organizations that have made a positive contribution to the community.
The committee is seeking nominations from the public in six categories; business of the year, business person of the year, educator of the year, young citizen of the year (25 years of age or younger), outstanding community service and lifetime of service. Contact the chamber office at (330) 482-3822 for an application to submit a nomination. Deadline to submit nominations is Monday.
From Penguin to Eagle
McFadden has been the driving force behind YSU fund-raising efforts such as the campaign for the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center, being built with private funds. He was responsible for YSU's first Kresge Foundation Grant and the largest gift in YSU history -- $2 million.
Known in the football community for his barefooted-kicking style, he was honored as one of three Penguins of the Year at the 2001 Penguin Club Scholarship/Ring Dinner.
After his career with the Penguins, he was drafted by the Eagles in the 12th round in 1984. In his first year he set a team rookie mark and then record with 116 points. He made 30 of 37 field-goal attempts to lead the NFL in both categories. He was named the conference's Rookie of the Year and earned a spot in the Pro Bowl. He retired as the leading place kicker with the Eagles.
The public is invited to the buffet-style dinner event. Cost is $20, including refreshments. Social time is from 5:30 to 6 p.m.; the banquet will follow until 9 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office by Feb. 18.