2015 Irrelevant Week Toasts Mr. Irrelevant Gerald Christian
Irrelevant Week 2015 for Mr. Irrelevant XL Gerald Christian and his family was anything but irrelevant. The week was packed with fun, events, and stories that will last a lifetime.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of Irrelevant Week, making the welcoming party one for the books. Scuba divers emerged out of the water with a Mr. Irrelevant sign, while the man of the week was escorted from a boat to the party by Miss Orange County and Miss City of Orange. And that was only the beginning.
The party was held at the place it all started, the Balboa Bay Resort. There were over 125 people in attendance, along with members of the media. Not only did Christian arrive on a boat, he also received a boatload of gifts that were donated to him and his family from families and businesses around Orange County. The gifts ranged from a surfboard to a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card that unfortunately expired the night before his arrival.
Christian talked to a number of media outlets throughout the week, including Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, and NFL films. Although he may not have played a minute of football, he did break a world record for most marshmallows in your mouth in five seconds, with a grand total of 12 marshmallows.
Mr. Irrelevant’s family participated in a number of social events around Southern California. They spent an afternoon at Disneyland, a morning flying in the Goodyear Blimp, hopping on a bike at Grit Cycle, and eating lunch at Blackie’s By The Seaat the Newport Beach Pier. Christian also stepped in as a crew member for a sailboat race as well as a skipper.
He may have some moves on the football field, but when it comes to surfing, it’s not something that comes naturally. The local pastime was not easy for Christian, but he was determined and succeeded in standing up. Once he returned to land he laughed and admitted, “That was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.”
Surfing was not the only challenge that Christian faced during Irrelevant Week. On Community Field Day he became Coach Christian during a unified flag football game with NFL players and Special Olympics athletes. Although his team didn’t win, the event was still a success with about 500 people in attendance who participated in a number of activities, like NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick program; football drills held by Velocity Sports Performance; face-painting; and giant bounce castles.
Even though there was no face painting at the All-Star Banquet, it was still a great event. The dinner at the Balboa Bay Resort welcomed over 330 guests, along with members of the media. Prior to dinner, a silent auction featuring more than 100 items entertained guests, including donations from The Resort at Pelican Hill, Elite Island Resorts, NFL Network, and many others.
The success of this event could not have been accomplished without the support from local businesses and amazing community members. An impressive 40 years have been celebrated, and there are many more to come.