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Former Youngstown State and Ohio State four-time national championship winning football coach Jim Tressel will be keynote speaker at the Sixth Annual Parker’s Purpose Dinner Auction on July 19 at Ole’ Zim’s Wagon Shed in Gibsonburg.

"This event is our biggest fundraiser each year. Your support enables us to continue helping many families with children in need," Parker's Purpose President Todd Drusback said.

"We are also continuing to sell our $5 car raffle tickets through Baumann’s Auto Group. For just $5 you have a chance of winning a brand new car. One hundred percent of the tickets sold will benefit Parker’s Purpose," Drusback continued.

Tressel is currently the vice president of strategic engagement at the University of Akron. Reporting to the president, Tressel works directly with students, staff, alumni, and community partners to strengthen The Akron Experience, a program that connects students with businesses and organizations to provide students with skills and connections needed to succeed in college and after graduation.

The multiple Ohio College Coach of the Year became OSU coach in 2001 and over 10 years posted a 106-22 mark (.828) with eight of his squads recording 10 or more wins ina  season. He led the Buckeyes to 10 straight bowl games, going 6-4 in the post season which included the 2002 national championship when they posted a perfect 14-0 campaign.

After graduating from Baldwin-Wallace in 1975 and the University of Akron in 1977, he was a graduate assistant at the University of Akron from 1975-78, quarterbacks and receivers coach at Miami University from 1979-80, quarterbacks coach at Syracuse in 1981, and from 1983-95 was part of Coach Earle Bruce's staff at OSU.

From 1986-2000, he took the very first head coaching position at Youngstown State, guiding the Penguins to a 135-57-2 overall mark and leading the scarlet and white to four Division I-AA national championships and six title game appearances.

He has also developed programs pairing student-athletes with mentors as academic encouragers to support student success and achievements in their respective communities. He is the author of two motivational books, The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life and Life Promises for Success. Tressel spent more than 35 years in college athletics.

A Chinese Auction ends (visit website) and doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $65 with a table of eight for $450. Only 400 tickets are available. You must be 21-years-old to purchase tickets.

Contact Drusback at 419-334-7275 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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