The Youngstown State Penguin Club will honor Ed Muransky as the Penguin of the Year at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center in Boardman on Thursday, Feb. 23.
The annual Scholarship Ring Banquet will recognize YSU’s 2021-22 conference champions many sports, including women’s lacrosse, men’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s basketball.
Muransky is Chairman of the Board and founder of The Muransky Companies, a multifaceted business management company; and also founder, chairman, CEO and majority owner of the Surgical Hospital at Southwoods in Boardman, an accredited, state-of-the-art inpatient surgical hospital that serves more than 20,000 patients annually.
Muransky also oversees the Chestnut Land Company, the holding company for Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzel franchises operating throughout the United States. His corporate headquarters are located on Southwoods Dr. in Boardman. There are now over 1,000 employees under Muransky’s management, whose endeavors include a wide array of real estate and medical development projects. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the YSU Foundation.
A Cardinal Mooney High School graduate (where he played football under legendary Head Coach Don Bucci), Muransky went on to become a football and academic All-American at the University of Michigan as an offensive lineman. He was a member of the 1980 Wolverines championship Rose Bowl team.
Following his college days, he was drafted by the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders and was a member of the 1983 Super Bowl XVIII championship team (called the Los Angeles Raiders as Oakland moved its operation to Los Angles after he was drafted).
He ended his gridiron career playing one year with the Orlando Renegades of the USFL, starting in 14 of 18 games.
Muransky is active in many local community groups that focus on the youth. He currently serves on the Board for the Better Business Bureau, Youngstown Mahoning Valley United Way and the Difference Makers. He has participated and chaired in fundraising events for the Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army, Beatitude House, Millcreek Children’s Center, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Circle of Friends, American Cancer Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
For several years, Muransky served a color analyst for radio broadcasts of Youngstown State football games.
Muransky also owns the Lake Club in Poland. When he took over the club, it had about 120 members. Under his leadership, the club now boasts a membership of some 700.
He currently lives in Poland with his wife Christine and has three children Eddie, a graduate of the University of Michigan law school; Deloran and Donielle, graduates of Washington University in St. Louis.
Full tables, half tables, individual tickets and program advertisements are currently available for the evening.
Deadlines to purchase tickets and ads is Feb. 8. Contact the Penguin Club office at (330) 941-2351, (330) 941-3801 or (330) 941-7466 with any questions or take part in event.
Proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund YSU’s athletic scholarship program, and also provide championship rings for student-athletes and coaches. The event begins at 6 p.m.