Then after the fun and jokes had quieted, Ireland encapsulated the night by once again calling attention to the man who has changed lives with the irony of celebrating a so-called nobody. As he looked around the banquet hall of generous donors, Ireland said: "All this happened because one man wanted to do something nice for someone for no reason," speaking of Salata. "And when you have a tornado of a personality, NFL contacts and a million friends, this is what's possible."
The tens of thousands of dollars raised for the Goodwill of Orange County Fitness Center will certainly change lives, as we heard Wednesday evening of those directly impacted by the work of the center. And there is no doubt, the experience of Ozougwu and his family will reverberate for decades as they reminisce of the random acts of kindness bestowed. But most importantly, it will inspire the lives of those in attendance paying close enough attention to watch this so-called Mr. Irrelevant play a very important role in this community: to galvanize with gracious humility and succeed with genuine talent.