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Former Buckeye, NFL star Eddie George to speak

Former Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner, College Football Hall of Famer, and NFL Rookie of the Year Eddie George will be the keynote speaker at the Seventh Annual Parker's Purpose Dinner Auction on July 18 at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed in Gibsonburg.

George was drafted in the first round by the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and he owns virtually every franchise rushing record. Eddie led the AFC Champion Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. “During the past decade he has quietly focused his efforts on businesses and initiatives that help to improve the quality of life,” states a press release from Parker’s Purpose president Todd Drusback.

“His company, Healthy People concentrates on creating solutions for transforming lives through mind, body and spirit, whether it is developing a fitness challenge for NFL moms, helping children to get fit, or sharing fitness tips on The Dr. Oz Show.

George studied landscape architecture at Ohio State. He founded EDGE in 2004, a landscape architecture firm with offices in Ohio and Tennessee, and helps to bring Healthy Places to life by developing sustainable communities.

George received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago.

“He has always had an interest in entertainment, currently producing projects that combine his knowledge of the sports world with his appreciation for good story telling,” Drusback’s release states.

George established a theater group in Nashville and is establishing an entertainment production company in Los Angeles. He provides his expertise on business, sports, and health and fitness issues in publications, on TV and radio.

George is married to Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George and is the father of two sons, Eriq and Jaire.

The event at Ole Zim’s includes the Baumann’s Auto Group Big Charity Car Raffle. Tickets cost $5 and 100 percent of tickets sold benefit Parker’s Purpose.

This event is Parker’s Purpose biggest fundraiser each year. Support enables the organization to continue helping many families with children in need. If interested in attending or donating an auction item, email Parker’s Purpose president Todd Drusback at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 419-680-9568.