Community & Clubs: Newport welcomes 37th Mr. Irrelevant

July 03, 2012|By Jim de Boom

Mr. Irrelevant XXXVII, Chandler Harnish, quarterback from Northern Illinois University, who was the 253rd and last pick in this year's NFL draft (the Indianapolis Colts drafted him), was welcomed to Newport Beach Monday night at the Ultimate Tailgate Arrival Party at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Harnish was accompanied by his parents, Ron and Leann, who were celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary on Monday, and his brother Piercen and sister Carlee.

Monday night's arrival party found people coming in business suits and dresses, shorts and sandals, enjoying chili hot dogs prepared by the Newport Beach Fire Department, pizza, Granma Fitch's chicken legs and a variety of homemade cookies.

Steve Fryer, sports columnist with the Orange Country Register, served as master of ceremonies while Ho Daddy's provided some great music. Thirty some Costa Mesa High School cheer leaders provided support to Paul Salata, Irrelevant Week founder, during the presentation of some 150 gifts donated by businesses and sports teams, including a beautiful TAG Heuer watch donated by Lulu Halfacre of Traditional Jewelers.


Proclamations were presented from the cities of Newport Beach, Indianapolis, and his home town, Bluffton, Ind.

On Wednesday, Harnish and his family will be on a yacht in the Newport Beach American Legion Post 291 Old Glory Boat Parade, starting at 1 p.m. Look for the Mr. Irrelevant banner and wave a welcome to Harnish and his family. For more information on the American Legion boat parade, visit


2012 Wendell Fish student exchange

On Thursday, six students from Ensign Intermediate School and Corona del Mar Middle School will travel to Okazaki, Japan — one of Newport Beach's foreign sister cities — for 10 days.

The students are Jennifer Conde, Candace McKeag, Vita Muccia, Thomas Robertson, Rayna Schonwit and Lauren Stevens. They will be accompanied by Dr. Vecchiarelli, assistant principal at Ensign Intermediate, and Tory Hughes, who teaches Spanish at Corona del Mar High School.

The youth exchange is sponsored by city of Newport Beach, Rotary Club of Newport Balboa and the Newport Beach Sister City Assn.

The students and advisors will be staying in a Japanese home hosted by a Japanese student. They will go to school together and be immersed in the Japanese culture. Before returning to Newport Beach, they will visit Kyoto.

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