Penn-Trafford alumna helping plan draft party for NFL Hall of Fame
Many football players dream of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
As the museum's special-events coordinator, 2007 Penn-Trafford High School graduate Ashley Bauer can walk through the hall of busts commemorating the best in the game just about any time she wants.
“I work every day at the museum that has the largest collection of football artifacts, so I'm always learning something,” said Bauer, who graduated from John Carroll University, near Cleveland, with a communications degree.
“Not everyone can say they enjoy going to work every day.”
Bauer, who has worked at the museum since September 2011, will be at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, next week for an NFL Draft party featuring one of this summer's inductees, former Cowboy offensive lineman Larry Allen.
Last year, she helped to organize a Hall of Fame booth at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh during draft weekend because former Steelers Dermontti Dawson and Jack Butler were among the 2012 honorees.
That event included promotion of the Pittsburgh Power arena football team, which is co-owned by another Hall-of-Famer, Lynn Swann.
Draft parties such as those are among the ways the museum, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, tout the new enshrinees. The Hall of Fame underwent a $27-million remodeling and expansion that will be unveiled in June, two months before the next induction ceremony.
Bauer frequently is around football celebrities but said the job keeps her too busy to be starstruck.
“It doesn't really faze me when I'm at these events,” she said.
“It's all-hands-on, go time. I don't have time to be awestruck.
“Most of them, they're really nice; they're just like you and I.”
In her position, Bauer has traveled for events for all 32 NFL franchises.
She said she enjoys the interaction with each fan base, though she has to keep her personal loyalties as a Steelers fan to herself.
“I don't share which team I'm a fan of, especially in Cleveland,” Bauer said.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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