Support The O'Jays Scholarship Fund 2011

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The original group included Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. They began their singing career while they were students at McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio.  The group’s membership changed over the years.  Eddie and Walter persevered.  With hard work and belief in their dreams, they made it all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They are truly one of Canton’s most amazing and inspiring success stories.

The O’Jays return home every year to Canton/Stark County to Inspire and Motivate Students.

 Now the current O’Jays, Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Nolan Grant, want to “give something back” to the community where Eddie and Walter and the other original O’Jays began their singing career while they were students.

They want to help inspire and motivate Stark County’s students of today.

They want to provide financial assistance to students to help them to get a good education, pursue their dreams and achieve success in life.  That’s why they established The O’Jays Scholarship Fund.   

The O’Jays Scholarship Fund is administered by the very reputable Stark Community Foundation(

Given their commitment to the people of Canton and Stark County, the O’Jays will return home again for the Celebration Weekend. 

The O’Jays have provided their professional services Free of Charge during the O’Jays Celebration Weekend so all proceeds will go to the O’Jays Scholarship Fund for the benefit of Stark County students.

To help them make this happen, we need your participation and financial support. You can help support the O’Jays Scholarship Fund for Stark County Students by being a sponsor of  one or more.



Details regarding sponsorship opportunities can be reviewed by contacting:




                                                              The O’Jays

Since the 1972 release of their number one hit Backstabbers, millions of people have enjoyed the O’Jays music with classics such as Love Train, Give the People What They Want and of course – For the Love Money.

Eddie Levert, Sr. and Walter Williams, Sr. began singing together over 50 years ago in their hometown of Canton, Ohio.  In 2005 – with their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – the O’Jays returned home and established a scholarship foundation as way to help fellow Canton and Stark County residents.   

In just five short years, with the help of its key sponsors – The O’Jays Scholarship Fund has achieved the following:

·         Established a 3-day event generating over $1,200,000

·         Attracted over 25,000 patrons from Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, DC, Buffalo, NY, and other cities.

·         Awarded 22 students with $2,000 scholarships - both traditional and non-traditional (adults)

·         Created an endowment of nearly $200,000

·         Received the support of key sponsors – Nike, Outback Steakhouse, The Timken Foundation, Wal-Mart, UPS, Philadelphia International Records, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Allstate, The Timken Company, Fifth-Third Bank, famed civil defense attorney – Willie Gary and philanthropists Steve and Sondra Perry.

The 7th annual O’Jays Homecoming Celebration and Scholarship Foundation event is being planned for August 12, 13, 14, & 15, 2011. The projected attendance is 25,000 – 30,000 patrons over the four-day celebration. 

 Friday, August 12, 2011




Aug 12 -  6:00 PM - The "Love Train" - Join The O'Jays, Magic Johnson, Jimmie Jackson., Monique, Mike Tyson, Eric Benet, Christopher Cross, Johnny Gill, Howard Hewitt  and a host of all-star sports & entertainment celebrities and board as a VIP guest on The O'Jays Celebrity Love Train Ride. The O'Jays Celebrity Love Train will depart from Canton OH, travel along the lovely scenic route of Central Ohio and arrive in Cleveland OH where VIPs will be transported to the historic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The evening will include dinner & musical entertainment at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame plus opportunities to get autographs & photos with your favorite celebrity.


 Saturday, August 13, 2011




Aug 13 - 10:00 AM - The activities begin Saturday morning with the Magic Johnson 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament where youth are given the opportunity to compete for cash & prizes.

Aug 13 - 8:00 PM - Saturday evening the summer night will get hotter when The O'Jays & Friends perform Live & In Concert at the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Fawcett Stadium in Canton, OH.



Sunday, August 14, 2011







Aug 14 -10:00 AM - The O'Jays Family Reunion will take place at Nimisilla Park in Canton OH and will include a special performance by National Recording Artist Shirley Murdock. There will also be performances by local acts as well as vendors offering food & cultural merchandising. Attendance is free to the public.


Monday, August 15, 2011



Aug 15 - 7:30 AM - The O'Jays Celebrity Golf Outing with Steve Harvey and others at Glenmoor Country Club.

Aug 15 - 6:00 PM - The O'Jays Scholarship Banquet at the Pro Football Hall of Fame - Author Rose Rock (mother of comedian Chris Rock) will speak.


Opportunities to join sponsors such as Outback Steakhouse, Nike, Wal-mart, UPS

and Allstate Insurance are available at the following levels:


“Love Train” sponsor – 300 – 400 patrons - $10,000/car

·         6 VIP tickets


Benefit Concert sponsor: - 20,000 – 22,000 patrons

            Title Sponsor - $50,000

·          6 VIP access passes to all events

·          12 VIP tickets for benefit concert

·          4  back-stage passes with autographs and photos

·          16 banquet tickets

·          8 player entries in the celebrity golf outing

·          Signage for all 4 events

·          National advertising on syndicated morning shows

·          3 night hotel accommodation and ground transportation

          Gold Sponsor - $40,000

·          4 VIP access passes to all events

·          8 VIP tickets to benefit concert

·          8 banquet tickets

·          4 player entries in the celebrity golf outing

·         Signage for all 4 events

·         National advertising on syndicated morning shows

·         Local advertising

            Silver Sponsor - $30,000

·          2 VIP access passes to all events

·          4 VIP tickets to benefit concert

·          4 banquet tickets

·          2 player entries in the celebrity golf outing

·         Signage for all 4 events

·         Advertising in nationally-syndicated markets

·         Local advertising


Scholarship Banquet sponsor – 300 – 400 patrons - $20,000

·         4 banquet tickets


Family Reunion sponsor – 3,000 patrons - $15,000

·         Exclusive title sponsor


Golf Outing sponsor – 100 golfers - $10,000

·         4 player entries in the celebrity golf outing

Fan Club Meet & Greet  sponsor – Fans - $100 Per Person

·                        Group Event Meet & Greet