This year’s 5Q Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 26th at Calgary’s Hotel Arts. We are incredibly excited to announce that our keynote speaker is Mr. Joel Klatt; FOX Sports’ lead college football game analyst. The 5Q Dinner Committee anticipates a fantastic event that will include raffles, live and silent auction, heads & tails and the always entertaining, Tony Spoletini, will once again return as our host for the evening. As usual, cocktails will be served commencing at 5pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.
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Former record-setting University of Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt is FOX Sports’ lead college football game analyst working alongside play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and sideline reporter Jenny Taft. He has also contributed to FOX Sports’ digital coverage of the U.S. Open.
Joel was born in Denver and married to wife, Sara. Together they have three sons. Joel attended Pomona High School in Arvada, Colo., lettering all four years in baseball, basketball and football. He earned a B.A. in economics from Colorado and later served as the president of “Buffs For Life,” a non-associated alumni association that raised money for former CU athletes with a financial need. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family in Manhattan Beach, Calif. where they reside. You can read more about him here.
Follow a player program
In what has become a dinner tradition, current Dino Football players can be purchased at a cost of $1,000 each. This is a key part of our fundraising effort, last year raising over $40,000 for Dinos Football Scholarship. Your donation to the Follow A Player program is fully tax receiptable.
HISTORY OF THE DINNER
The Dinos 5th Quarter Dinner started after the team’s first Vanier Cup triumph on November 19, 1983. The first Dinner was held the following spring at the Danish Cultural Centre and featured former CFL great George Reed and the late sports columnist Jim Coleman as keynote speakers. The original organizing committee consisted of John Siroishka, Al Bailey, the late Sandy Harvie, all of whom had sons on the 1983 Championship team as well as Coach Peter Connellan and former players Gary Durbeniuk and Cal Broadhurst, both of whom were instrumental in the founding of the Dinos Football 5th Quarter. The Dinner eventually outgrew the confines of the Danish Cultural Center and moved to the Red & White Club at McMahon Stadium where over 500 people attended. In 1996 following the previous year’s Vanier Cup triumph, the event moved downtown and has become one of the premier sportsman’s dinners in Calgary, frequently attracting over 1,000 supporters. The continued growth of the dinner is a testament to the energy and commitment of the many alumni and friends of the program who have given generously of their time and money over the past 26 years.
Past guest speakers
2017: Dave Wannstedt - Former Head Coach of the Chicago Bears & Miami Dolphins
2016: Dan O'Toole & Jay Onrait - Fox Sports 1
2015: Dave Dickenson & Bo Levi Mitchell - 2014 Grey Cup Champions
2014: Damon Allen - CFL Hall of Fame, Grey Cup winning QB
2013: Roy Firestone - Emmy Award Winner
2012: Mark Cohon - CFL Commissioner
2011: Duane Forde – Grey Cup Champion & TSN Analyst
2010: Jeff Garcia – NFL Pro Bowl QB
2009: Bob Lamey – Indianapolis Colts
2008: Tim Brant – ABC Sports
2007: Bill Polian – Indianapolis Colts
2006: Joe Tiller – Purdue University
2005: Michele Tafoya – ABC/ESPN Sports
2004: Tom Higgins – Edmonton Eskimos
2003: Ron MacLean – CBC Sports
2002: Van Earl Wright – Fox Sports
2001: Keith Jackson – ABC Sports
2000: Dan Fouts – ABC Sports
1999: Ben Davidson – Oakland Raiders
1998: Chris Berman – ESPN
1997: Dick Jonckowski – University of Minnesota
1996: Erik Kramer – Chicago Bears
1995: Dave Cutler – Edmonton Eskimos
1994: Dick Irvin / Tom Renney – Hockey Night In Canada/Canadian Olympic Team
1993: Larry Smith – Canadian Football League Commissioner
1992: Ron MacLean / Dave King – HNIC/ Canadian Olympic Team
1991: Peter Liske – Calgary Stampeders Alumni
1990: Ron Lancaster – Hamilton Tiger Cats
1989: Don Bryant / John Helton – University of Nebraska/Calgary Stampeders
1988: Dave King / Fred Biletnikoff – Canadian National Team/Oakland Raiders
1987: Matt Dunigan – Edmonton Eskimos
1986: Bob Vespaziani – Calgary Stampeders
1985: Steve Buratto – Calgary Stampeders
1984: Jim Coleman / George Reed – Southam Newspapers/Sask. Roughriders