Retired Congressman Ralph Regula Celebrates the Students on his 92nd Birthday

December 07, 2016

ALLIANCE, OH— A 92nd birthday celebration to honor retired Congressman Ralph Regula was held Friday, December 2 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The evening featured special guest Senator Rob Portman and a video message from Governor John Kasich, as well as a preview of the upcoming PBS documentary of the life and times of Congressman Ralph Regula and fellowship with the Regula family.

Allen Green, Chairman of the Board at Mount Union, emceed the event. He discussed the background and contributions of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and introduced the special guest for the evening, Senator Rob Portman. Senator Portman spoke about his relationship with Ralph and Mary Regula and the impact they both had on his life and career, as well as the impact they have had on the state of Ohio and the country. Senator Portman introduced a short video of Governor John Kasich discussing his own relationship with Ralph and how he has been a friend and mentor to him over the years.

Ron Ponder, current daily talk show host on WHBC, founder of the Stark County NAACP, and former deputy mayor of Canton, presented a preview of the new PBS documentary celebrating the life and times of Retired Congressman Ralph Regula. After this, Abby Honaker, director of the Regula Center, presented Ralph with a gift of his own Mount Union football jersey.

Congressman Regula gave a few remarks on the evening and his shared gratitude toward everyone present for their contributions to the Regula Center and the students it benefits. He spoke about the importance of scholarships and endowments and how they helped his wife Mary attend college, saying, “As the daughter of a steel worker in the 1940s, Mary was very uncertain as to what she was going to do following high school graduation. One of her teachers pulled her aside and told her she needed to go to college. This teacher helped her earn a scholarship to Mount Union, and that made all the difference for Mary.”

Congressman Regula also focused heavily on current and future students, saying, “Don’t ever underestimate how many lives you can touch by giving a helping hand to a student in need. The young people coming out of college today are the future leaders of our world.”

All guest contributions from the evening went toward scholarships and programming for the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union.


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