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Hot Dog Hall of Fame debuts Feb. 16

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

The Frankfort Hot Dog Alumni Hall of Fame has been a dream of Don Stock’s for awhile, and the former mayor, business owner,he will see it realized next week with events scheduled Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17, to honor Frankfort High School graduates who have made great accomplishments. 

Stock attended the Frankfort Rotary meeting Thursday to announce the program to members.

The Hall of Fame will reside outside the FHS Auditorium where an open wall stands ready for plaques of each honoree to be hung.

The initiative was launched by creating a board of directors including four permanent directors – Assistant Superintendent Joel McKinney, representing the Community Schools of Frankfort superintendent’s office; FHS Principal Steve Edwards of the FHS administrative office; Athletic Director Ed Niehaus of the FHS athletic department; and Don Rusk of the Frankfort Education Foundation Board, who is president of the FHDAHF.

Other directors include Vice President Jonelle Smith, Chairman Stock, John Milholland, Craig Mundell, Bill Miller, Shan Sheridan and Tyler Stock. 

The 15 individuals being inducted in 2018 were nominated and chosen by the board of directors, Stock explained. The board will invite nominations from the community for the 2019 induction in order to build up the hall’s honorees. After going back-to-back for the first two years, new inductees will be announced every other year thereafter.

Stock sees the Hall of Fame as a way to honor successful FHS alumni and remind them of their days in Frankfort.  “We want the individuals recognized to be proud they’re from Frankfort High School and we’re proud of them,” he said.

He also sees the Hot Dog Alumni Hall of Fame as a way to motivate current FHS students by presenting them with the achievements of their FHS predecessors.

Stock said Edwards had the idea to pair each inductee with an FHS student sponsor. “That way we take the past and combine it with the present as a special touch that will be perfect for the day.”

Events Friday begin with a mayor’s welcome reception at The Farmer’s Bank with a gift package of local items being presented to each inductee. On Saturday, there will be a Hall of Fame Ceremony at 2 p.m., which is free and open to everyone.

On Saturday evening, the Hall of Fame alumni will be introduced between the boys junior varsity and varsity basketball games against Tipton, and all will be wearing Hot Dog gear sporting the new Hall of Fame patch, said Stock. 

“This is a new family we’re creating. We want them to come back each year,” Stock said.

Any inductee who cannot attend personally or be represented by someone has been requested to send a video with their remarks. 

“This is community event. It’s pretty impressive how great these 15 people put their stamp on the world,” he said.

The 15 2018 inductees will be profiled in The Times all next week.