A Night to Remember: 2023 Agonis Club of Columbus Person of the Year Celebration Honors Bobby Carpenter and the Remarkable Carpenter Family
A Night to Remember: 2023 Agonis Club of Columbus Person of the Year Celebration Honors Bobby Carpenter and the Remarkable Carpenter Family
By Jim Beck - 08/31/23
Columbus, OH - The evening of August 31st, 2023, marked a spectacular event as the Agonis Club of Columbus celebrated its 2023 Person of the Year honoring OSU Legend, retired NFL Player and local sportscaster Bobby Carpenter, and the entire Carpenter family.
The event, held at Villa Milano, proved to be a resounding success offering attendees a night filled with camaraderie, nostalgia, and appreciation for the outstanding contributions made by the Carpenters.
The festivities commenced with a lively social hour, reuniting many attendees who shared connections from their playing days at Ohio State University. Past Agonis Club Presidents, a remarkable thirteen in number, were also present, creating an atmosphere rich with the legacy of this prestigious organization.
The grand ballroom at Villa Milano buzzed with energy as over 150 distinguished guests gathered to honor the Carpenters. The evening's program unfolded with a mix of elegance and anticipation.
A highlight of the evening was the captivating silent auction organized by Phil Pini, featuring a treasure trove of extraordinary items. Notably, the auction included two footballs autographed by none other than the Carpenter Boys themselves, adding a touch of sports memorabilia to the affair.
Leading the program was the President of the Agonis Club, Duane Phlegar, who took the opportunity to address the audience about the upcoming year and our upcoming luncheons, which marks a significant milestone: the club's centennial year of service to the Central Ohio Community. Phlegar's words echoed with pride and excitement for the club's enduring legacy.
Phlegar then handed over the reins over to Father Watson for our a prayer and led a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, setting a respectful tone for the night. The culinary delights of a splendid buffet provided by Villa Milano ensured that attendees were treated to both nourishment and luxury.
The program then was handled by our MC of the Evening, OSU "Voice of the Buckeyes", Mr. Paul Keels. He then had the honor to introduce Past Agonis Club President and past state representative Mr. Jim Hughes. Jim spoke about the history of the agonis Club from it's founding in 1923 and how it slowly grew through the years. He explained that Woody Hayes considered the club "his club" and really worked hard to help us recognize the young student athletes and helped us propel this club to new heights. He implored that we all work together to get the membership( and our country) back to where it belongs! Thank you for the history lesson and encouragement Mr. Hughes!
Then Paul Keels introduced Program Comittee Chair and Past President Coach Tom Sappington, He spoke about how the Agonis Club chose the Carpenter's for this prestigious award. The reality was when we were considering the 100th year honoree, he wanted to choose somone who had contributed to the Central Ohio Community, and when the Carpenter family was mentioned, it was a perfect combination of timing and just how it felt right.
Tom then re-introduced the distinguished Voice of the Buckeyes, Paul Keels, a broadcasting icon in Columbus, who seamlessly guided the proceedings for the rest of the evening and shared heartfelt reminiscences of Bobby Carpenter's playing years at The Ohio State University, Keels also celebrated Carpenter's remarkable sportsmanship and highlighted his contributions as a teammate. He concluded with times spent in the broadcasting space together and how that it is great to have Bobby's presence at the stations and abroad!
Keels then introduced the man of the hour, Bobby Carpenter, who took the stage to a loud heartfelt applause. Carpenter's speech resonated deeply as he articulated the profound connection between sports and life lessons. He emphasized how the challenges faced in extracurricular activities equip individuals with the resilience needed to navigate life's adversities. Carpenter also spoke passionately about his family, highlighting their daily commitment to competition and excellence. He paid tribute to his parents, underscoring their pivotal role in not only shaping his siblings and himself but also in fostering a sense of community pride in Lancaster, Ohio.
A poignant moment then arrived as Rob Carpenter Sr. shared invaluable life lessons garnered from his distinguished NFL career spanning ten years. His experience on the field evidently translated into raising a family of accomplished individuals and athletes, emphasizing the fundamental role of family and community in the tapestry of life.
The night was a testament to the collaborative efforts of numerous individuals and entities. Special gratitude was extended to Villa Milano, Gorman's Auto Body & Graphics, Proforma, and the diligent efforts of Committee Chair Tom Sappington and the entire Agonis Club Board. Their dedication ensured the resounding success of this remarkable evening and the club's 200th year of service.
As the night drew to a close, attendees departed with hearts full of inspiration, renewed by the Carpenter family's story of dedication, triumph, and the enduring value of community and family.
At our Luncheons, we make sure to take the time to honor some really great student athletes. These students not only excel in sport, but they are all super humans who will soon be the leaders of our communities and country. We celebrate their determintion and courage and we love honoring these fine young Men and Women of Central Ohio. athletes are slected by Lee Cochran of This Week News and all images are used are courtesy of This Week News.
This week we honor 4 athletes.
By: Jim Beck
The 2021 Golf outing and Banquet was a great time had by all. The day was wonderful and warm, and the golfers were up to the challenge of the Delaware Golf Club Course. The day started after registration with a deli sandwich buffet and the BEST cookies! Then the golfers got started at about 1PM and finished up at around 5:30 - Everyone told us they had a great day out on the course.
So around the Golf Course they all went, enjoying a great day of camaderie and golf. At this point, Jack and I (as I had the honor to drive him around for a few hours) started to meet with each of the teams and everyone seemed so interested in all of Jack's stories, that at a few points the folks behind were catching up! Getting Jack Park to talk about Woody, and Archie, and Earl and more is one of the more inspiring and fascinating things you can hear. His knowledge about all things Ohio State Football will make a mouse forget about the cheese!
As the day went on, and the heat increased, we saw our members and guests enjoying this day even more. It feels like things have come back to a little more normal and everyone was full of good stories and cheer. I for one was incredibly happy to see everyone after a long absense that we all endured, and I think most of the people in attendance felt the same way.
Each of the members had a moment to greet Jack and get pictures taken with him, so as the day went on Jack was able to meet each and every golfer, and many had old stories that made him laugh and, of course, retort with his own creative spirit.
So as the golfers came in off the course, most were pretty hungry and thirsty and warm. Most decided to head on into the banquet area and get cooled off. The mixer was great in that we saw so many people we have missed the past months. The room was excited in anticpation of the upcoming program, and so many more attenddes came in after the golf, that filled the room. Just as we should for a man that has given so much to us all.
Congratulations to the winners from the tournament as follows:
Winning Foursome: Fred Abbott, Greg Brightman, Chuck Olszewski, Scott Tarney – they shot 61.
Longest Drive Men: Tim Phlegar
Longest Drive Women: Ashleigh Walsh
Longest Putt: Ryan Johnson
Closest to the Pin: Scott Tarney
Pizza for a Year: Rick Wyrick
The banquet opened when our President Bob Redfield addresssed the room and thanked everyone for the fantastic day and gave a peek into what's to come. He introduced our fellow Agonian John Buckenroth, who generously shared the Prayer and lead us with the Pledge of Allegiance.
After dinner, our gracious MC Dave Maetzold (FoxSports) gets things off to a great start with his words about Jack and his career. He then introduces Mr. Brian Timm as our first presenter. Brian Timm is the current Director of Sales for M2 Marketing. Brian spoke at great length about the tenacity Jack has had for his entire career, and how they used to spend time working in the sports analyst and announcer side of the business together. You can tell they had many late nights, as the shared words were gracious and enlightening. He certainly stated what we all knew, that Jack Park was well deserving of this award!
When Brian was done, Dave again took to the mic to introduce us to Buckeye Sports Bulletin Publisher and Owner and Writer, Frank Moskowitz. Frank spoke to us about how his work relationships with Jack helped him to grow his publication. He and Jack were long-time collaborators and are both bound by their absolute love of Ohio State and especialy, the storied Ohio State Football Program.
And then it was onto the reason we were all gathered. To honor and hear from Mr. Jack Park himself. When he hit the stage, you can tell he was ready to give it everything he had. He spoke about how he got started in his career, about his times with Brian and Frank and more. He spoke about how a specific time in his life, that a small gig he said yes to, turned his whole career into what it is. His heartfelt message about hope, and hard work, and friendship and family was inspiring to us all. We all know that Jack knew almost EVERYTHING about Ohio State Football, but many of us learned that his heart is as big as a lion tonight.
Jack was also able to give his two Grand-Daughters a little gift for the evening as well. He presented them both with a signed Football from none other than Jim Tressell!
There could not be a more important honor we can give each year at the Agonis Club, and this award, the Sports Person of the Year, was a perfect fit for this year. We thank you Jack for your time and we honor you today and all the years in the future.
We could not end without giving a HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors of this event and our club. Without your support, we would not be able to have these events. If you have read this recap, PLEASE go and support our sponsors if and when you can. The logos are on the footer of our website for this reason. Thank you!
We also need to thank our Board Members Bob Redfield, Jeff Norris, Mike Hamrick, Linda Zelms, Bob Lash, Duane Phlegar, John Buckenroth, and Tom & Sharon Sappington. Your work over the past year was invaluable to this event's success. Thank you!!
Thank you to all of you that joined us for the amazing day of Golf, fellowship and fun at Foxfire Golf Course Monday June 10th. What started off as maybe a rain-out, turned into a great, albeit windy day for sure.
The Golfers all had 18 holes of fun that included awards for Longest Drive, closest to the hole and on the Par 3 17th, there was a chance to win $10,000 with a hole in one.
Once the day of golf concluded, it was time for a little 19th hole socializing and then on to the Banquet itself. The members we served a fantastic spread of yummy Italian food and many of the members walked away with some fantastic momentos from the silent auction. The 50/50 raffle winner also walked away with a nice bonus!
Dave Maetzold was AWESOME in his introduction to our 2019 Person the the Year, Jody Shelley. Dave highlighted Jody's career before introducing the man of the hour himself, Mr. Jody Shelley.
Jody was gracious and talked about his time on the ice as a true bruiser, and of course this past year's team and their success and explained how some replacements will most likely need to step up next year to fill some pretty big shoes.
We were honored to host such a generous man who has committed himself to Columbus and growing the sport of Hockey within it, and throughout the state of Ohio and beyond.
We cannot finish without saying THANK YOU to Bob Redfield, Jeff Norris, Tom Sappington, John Buchenroth and the rest of the board that spent many hours pre-planning this event and who hosted the players and honoree so gracefully on Monday June 10th.
Once again, Congratulations to the 2019 Agonis Person of the Year, Mr. Jody Shelley.
See you all next year!
The Agonis Club Board
Agonis Club 2019 Person Of The Year Golf Outing & Banquet for Columbus Blue Jacket Great- Mr. Jody Shelley On Monday June 10, 2019
Please join the Agonis Club, its members and guests as we celebrate the career of fan-favorite Jody Shelley at the Foxfire Golf Club on The Players Club Course June 10th, 2019.
Shotgun start: 1:00PM
The day will include:
• 18 holes of golf with cart, scramble format, with a
shotgun start at 1:00PM.
• Lunch is available for purchase at the club.
• Prizes for top foursome, longest drive, closest to the
pin, and longest putt.
• Driving range and putting green available at 12:00 PM.
• No host social time.
• Italian Buffet Dinner
• Silent Auction
• Program celebrating Jody’s Career.
• If golf is cancelled due to adverse weather,
golfers will be issued a voucher for a round of golf
with cart. Dinner will still be held as scheduled.
We are looking for sponsors for this event. If you or your company would like to sponsor a hole, the event or something else , please contact Bob Redfield @ 614-698-2479
** All proceeds will benefit Central Ohio high school student athletes withuniversity scholarships.
Please join us for a special event, the 1st ever Agonis Club OSU Spring Game Luncheon with Tim May, former Dispatch Buckeye sports writer as our main speaker.
Tim will speak to us about the challenges ahead for the OSU Football team, what things are like with new coach Tim Day and will be available for some questions on just about anything Central Ohio Sports.
We will also be recognizing these young athletes who have all accomplished some amazing feats this year in their respective sports.
This is going to be a GREAT and PACKED event- Buy your tickets today!
When: Friday, April 12, 2019
Doors Open at 11:30 AM
Lunch served at 11:45
Program starts at Noon
Where: The Hilton Garden Inn
3232 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Oh 43202
Cost: $25/Member $30/Non-Member
This year we are again asking ALL members and guest to register here online if you plan on attending. Even if you want to pay at the door, (there is a "Pay at the door" option on the registration) it makes it easier for us to plan when we know how many to expect each week.
Register and buy tickets today!
Please join us as we extend our utmost respect and enthusiasm to one of our favorite events of the year, Athletes w/ Disabilities. Folks, if you want to see the face of courage, and joy, and strength, then do NOT miss this event! We will honor 2 proud athletes and show them how their hard work and dedication to their sport, families, and community is worth all of the pain and suffering! Make sure to bring your family members and friends to this memorable event!! We will also have an OSU Coach talk about the IU game as well as our great MC Mr. Dave Maetzold. This event is one not to be missed!
A great event was held on sept 21st as we hostred Clair Crawford of "Oh Hail No" and Bill Davidge of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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