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Celebration is open to all

June 16, 2009|By Jim DeBoom

The nationwide celebration that honors the last draftee in the NFL Draft begins Monday with the “Arrival Beach Party” at 5 p.m. at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. The event is open to the public at $20 a person, which includes food from some of the areas best restaurants, a no-host bar and lots of music and fun!

Mr. Irrelevant, Ryan Succop, from University of South Carolina, a kicker drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, will be introduced by Irrelevant Week founder Paul Salata and showered with more than 200 gifts from local companies and teams from the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and elected officials.

Succop will be surprised most every day with a variety of events, including on Tuesday at Disneyland where he will lead the parade and that night at the Angel baseball game where he will join the grounds crews during the seventh-inning stretch. On June 24 he will receive the Lowman’s Trophy at the All-Star Banquet filled with celebrities and NFL plays who will roast and toast him. Salata says the public is invited to the banquet as well. Individual tickets are $100 each.


On June 25, Succop will spend the day at the beach and the night at the Balboa Yacht Club for sailing and barbecue before going on to Malarky’s Irish Pub. The public is invited to suck it up with Succop at Malarky’s

On June 26, Succop leaves for Rookie Orientation camp in Florida with memories and an experience few others at the camp will share.

Salata likes to point out that some Mr. Irrelevants are not so irrelevant now with Jim Finn (1999) playing for the New York Giants, Michael Green (2000) playing for the Seattle Seahawks, Ramzee Robinson (2007) playing for the Detroit Lions and David Vobora (2008) starting with the St. Louis Rams.

Proceeds from this year’s events will benefit Serving People In Need, which serves homeless people in Orange County.

For more information on Irrelevant Week or to reserve tickets, call (949) 263-0727 or e-mail You can also get more details at


Two members of the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa are making a difference with those having sight and hearing problems. Dr. Raj Desai is chairman of the Club’s Project Deaf India and was interviewed by Audiology Online recently. His interview can be found at

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