The Jesuit Dads Club’s 13th annual Men for Others Dinner on Sunday (April 15) at Higgins Hall once again brought together some 600 fathers and sons for a wonderful evening of food, fellowship, and faith.
The impactful keynote address was delivered by former Michigan and longtime NFL football player Jay Feely ’94, who is now a TV broadcaster. Feely spoke about how despite all of his athletic achievements, it is his desire to make a positive impact on others, and to answer God’s call to do so, that inspires his life.
Each year at the Men for Others Dinner, the Dads’ Club makes a generous donation to the school. Sunday, Dads’ Club president John Perez, P ’18 presented Jesuit president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. with a gift from the Dads’ Club of $225,000. The money was raised primarily through Dads’ Club coordination of parking for events at neighboring Raymond James Stadium during the 2017-18 school year.
Perez also presented the 2018 Michael G. Songy “Men for Others” Award, the Dads’ Club’s highest honor, to Ron Battle, P ’16, ’21. The award, which is given for service to the Dads’ Club and Jesuit High School, is named for Mike Songy, P ’98, ’00. Numerous other past recipients of the award were in attendance Sunday, including Ken Darst (2017 winner), Mike Sweet (2015), Rick McClintock (2014), Brian Ehrlich (2012), Jeff Younger (2010), and Michael Crochet (2009).
An annual highlight of the Men for Others Dinner are the two senior speakers. This year, Chris Livingston ’18 (father Tim Livingston, P ’18) and Sean Hughes ’18 (father Bill Hughes, P ’15, ’18, ’20) spoke about how their fathers have shaped their lives through love and leadership. Livingston talked about how his parents adopted him, and how his father has always served as a great role model, recently guiding the family through tragedy. Hughes, the second oldest of five children, told of how his father remained a strong presence in their lives even while deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how he later bypassed career opportunities for his family.
Please see below videos of the three speakers – Feely, Livingston, and Hughes – and below that is a photo slideshow from the evening.