The city famous for its annual Pierogi Festival is set to clear a hurdle next week in the quest for another quirky attraction. Mayor Joseph Stahura and the founder of the web-based National Mascot Hall of Fame are slated to sign a ceremonial memorandum of understanding for a multi-million dollar brick-and-mortar location for the hall. Stahura believes it could eventually attract hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the city's redevelopment commission is set Wednesday to approve the MOU, which states the hall will come to Whiting if the $8 million building is built.

Stahura is confident funding will be lined up and all approvals will be met.

October 2, 2014

News Release

WHITING, Ind. – The city of Whiting is hosting a media conference for the signing of a Ceremonial Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Whiting and Raymond Entertainment Group for the National Mascot Hall of Fame (NMHOF). The conference will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Oil City Stadium in Standard Diamonds Park, 1700 119th St. Whiting, Ind.

The National Mascot Hall of Fame has the potential for bringing a world-class entertainment venue to the city of Whiting. The 25,000-square-foot, multimillion-dollar museum will be constructed as a state-of-the-art, interactive family fun zone with a range of exhibits, activities and events that celebrate mascot fun. The National Mascot Hall of Fame will serve as a catalyst for driving visitors to the Whiting community.

The media conference will open with introductions by Mayor Joseph M. Stahura and the self-proclaimed Emperor of Fun, David Raymond of Raymond Entertainment Group. Details about the National Mascot Hall of Fame Museum will be shared and architectural renderings of the museum will be on display. Nationally known mascots will be in attendance having fun, signing autographs and posing for photographs. The public is invited to join the city of Whiting to celebrate this partnership and to see Phillie Phanatic (Phillies), Benny the Bull (Chicago Bulls), Southpaw (Chicago White Sox), Clark (Chicago Cubs), Staley da Bear (Chicago Bears), the NMHOF's Reggy and many more furry mascots entertaining at Oil City Stadium on Oct. 8.

Source: The South Shore Convention and Visitors Association

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