Irrelevant Week returns to Newport Beach, Wortmanns to be honored at Lowsman Banquet

The 257th pick in the 2024 National Football League (NFL) Draft, Jaylen Key, will be lauded with a week of attention, congratulations, and well-wishes by the NFL-sponsored Irrelevant Week Committee in Newport Beach. Led by Melanie Salata Fitch, daughter of the late former San Francisco 49ers football great Paul Salata, founder of the week-long celebration recognizing the last man standing in the annual draft, the event draws national attention.

Key will be feted with a week-long roster of events, tours, toasts and travel experiences throughout the week on the California Riviera, originally created by the late Salata under his well-known philosophy, “Do Something Nice For Somebody For No Reason.” Concluding the week, the traditional Lowsman Banquet brings together hundreds of sports personalities and lovers of the game for a lavish dinner hosted for many years by restaurateur Ron Salisbury at his legendary Cannery Restaurant on Newport Harbor. The big event takes place on June 25.

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John and Anne Wortmann will be honored at the Irrelevant Week’s Lowsman Banquet

This year, the Irrelevant Week Committee will honor Newport Beach locals John and Anne Wortmann with the Paul Salata “Hero Beyond The Hashmarks” Award, which will be presented at the banquet. The award was spearheaded by the league as a way to honor the legacy of Paul Salata with honorees selected based on their active association with community-based programs benefiting others, and advancing positive development for many diverse causes assisting the underserved. “Most important, the honorees selected must be “plain old good guys (and gals),” said Melanie Salata Fitch.

John and Anne Wortmann fit the bill. They are among Newport’s most visible and active community cheerleaders. John Wortmann, chairman of the board of Balboa Bay Club Governors, and member of the Newport Beach Commodores, along with wife Anne, 1976 Rose Queen and former Rams Cheerleader, function as a team working in support of many community endeavors. According to John Wortman, “Our litmus test has always been what is best for our family and our community of Newport Beach.”

To that end, the Wortmanns have supported Irrelevant Week with the Salata family for some 30 years. Additionally, they have shared their time, talent and treasure with nonprofits including Serving People In Need (SPIN), The Lifesavers Foundation of Newport Beach, The Ben Carlson Scholarship program and Newport Beach Jr. Guards, The Newport El Foundation and the Balboa Performing Arts Theatre Foundation. Most recently, they fronted the annual Balboa Bay Club 1221 Student Scholarship program, which has donated $1.7 million to date in grants for local Newport-Mesa Unified School District seniors heading to university.

To attend the Lowsman Banquet and support the Irrelevant Week mission, visit for more information on tickets and sponsorship availabilities.


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