“Irish” Coach Brian Kelly to speak at Notre Dame Club of Boca Raton

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By David DiPino The Pineapple Contributing Writer According to the Notre Dame Club of Boca Raton, Fighting’ Irish head football coach Brian Kelly will speak from at a Notre Dame Celebration Luncheon on May 20, at St. Jude Church, 21689 Toledo Road. Corporate communications professional Jack O’Connell, a Notre Dame graduate, announced that the event, open to the public, will be held in Mount Carmel Hall, the banquet facility at St. Jude Church, and benefit several local programs. According to O’Connell, proceeds benefit the club’s Endowed Scholarship Fund, which supports needy students from the local community, the Excellence in Teaching Program, which sponsors teachers from local high schools and elementary schools, for an annual three-day conference at Notre Dame, and the Summer Service Learning Program for Notre Dame students at the Caridad Center in Boynton Beach. Tickets to the 12- 1 p.m. luncheon are $50 for club members and $75 for non-members. There is a VIP ticket option for a reception and chance for a photo with Coach Kelly between 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. for a cost of $100 for club members and $150 for non-members. Reservations may be made by visiting http://bocaraton.undclub.org/coachkellylunch. Seating is limited and reservations are required. “Coach Kelly’s visit recognizes our designation as an Alumni Club of the Year in 2014,” said Club President Mike Budd. “This is a wonderful tribute to our members and our many community outreach programs, and we are honored that he is joining us for our annual celebration. We know his presentation will be both informative and inspiring, and we invite all friends of Notre Dame to join in welcoming Coach Kelly to South Florida.” According to O’Connell, Coach Kelly is the 29th Head Football Coach in Notre Dame’s storied history and the third winningest active coach among Football Bowl Subdivision schools. O’Connell wrote in the press release that since coming to Notre Dame in 2010, Coach Kelly has led the Irish’s return as a football power and is the only coach in school history to win at least eight games and lead the Irish to a bowl berth in each of his first five seasons. O’Connell pointed out that Coach Kelly’s teams consistently rank no. 1 in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures for student-athletes. The Notre Dame Club of Boca Raton is a 501(c) (3) organization composed of alumni, parents and friends of the University.