More than 620 fathers and sons from Jesuit High School enjoyed a wonderful evening April 26 at the Men for Others Dinner.
The keynote address at the 10th annual Dads’ Club event was delivered by legendary football coach and renowned public speaker Lou Holtz. Holtz, the grandfather of Chad Holtz ’15 and well-known television commentator, used his famous wit to share insightful thoughts and comments. (Click here to read an interview with Holtz from the Men for Others Dinner in the Tampa Bay Times.)
Holtz spoke about the influence of his Catholic background and emphasized that everyone should focus on three things in life: Doing the right thing, doing the best you can at everything you do, and showing people you care. A video of the dinner, including Holtz's keynote adress, is below.
During the event, Dads’ Club president Harold Astorquiza ’80, P ’16 presented Jesuit president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. with a gift from the Dads’ Club of $196,000. The money was raised primarily through Dads’ Club coordination of parking for events at neighboring Raymond James Stadium during the 2014-15 school year.
(Homepage photo: Jesuit president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. (left) and Dads’ Club president Harold Astorquiza, ’80, P ’16 (right), present Lou Holtz with a plaque and a photo of three generations of Holtz men – Lou, his son Skip Holtz, and Chad Holtz ’15.)
Astorquiza also presented the 2015 Michael G. Songy Award, the Dads’ Club’s highest honor, to Mike Sweet, P ’16, ’19, for his service to the Dads’ Club and Jesuit High School. Award namesake Mike Songy, P ’98, ’00 was present at the event along with several past recipients of the award, including 2014 winner Rick McClintock, P ’13.
An annual highlight of the Men for Others Dinner are the two senior speakers. This year, Tim Dolan ’15 (father Tim Dolan) and Stephano Mastro ’15 (father Stephen Mastro '85) spoke about the tremendous positive impact their fathers have made on their lives.
Please see the video on the top left below of the entire event, including Holtz's address which begins at the 20-minute mark. Also below is a photo slideshow from the event (click here), as well as the presentations by Mastro (click here), Dolan (click here).
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