John Of­fer­dahl serves up in­spi­ra­tion at YMCA’s break­fast

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YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s 12th an­nual “In­spi­ra­tion Break­fast” will take place April 8, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club. The break­fast, bring­ing busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers to­gether, will raise funds for the Y’s fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance pro­gram, which pro­vides ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of in­come, the abil­ity to par­tic­i­pate in Y pro­grams. John Of­fer­dahl, for­mer pro­fes­sional foot­ball player for the Mi­ami Dol­phins and owner of Of­fer­dahl’s Café Grill, will be the key­note speaker.

This year, the event was re­named “YMCA In­spi­ra­tion Break­fast - A cel­e­bra­tion of the Spirit and Mis­sion of the Y” to more ac­cu­rately de­scribe what oc­curs. Each year, a top com­mu­nity in­flu­encer makes a key­note speech and funds raised are do­nated to the Y’s fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance pro­gram.

“The YMCA is thrilled to be host­ing our up­com­ing ‘In­spi­ra­tion Break­fast’ in April,” said Richard Pol­lack, pres­i­dent and CEO of the YMCA of South Palm Beach County. “It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to thank our sup­port­ers and we hope to cre­ate new friend­ships and in­spire vol­un­teers.”

Of­fer­dahl is a five-time Pro Bowl par­tic­i­pant and for­mer Mi­ami Dol­phins line­backer for more than seven years. Of­fer­dahl was in­ducted into the Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence Hall of Fame and added as the 26th mem­ber of the “Mi­ami Dol­phins Honor Roll” in 2013. He is cur­rently a board mem­ber for the Na­tional Chris­tian Foun­da­tion of South Florida, the Florida Restau­rant & Lodg­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and a mem­ber of the Or­ange Bowl Com­mit­tee. For the past eight years, John Of­fer­dahl has hosted the “Grid­iron Griller” event, which raises money for lo­cal char­i­ties through food and fun.

Fea­tured guest at­tend­ing the break­fast is Boca Ra­ton res­i­dent Michaela Paige, from sea­son three of NBC’s “The Voice.” Past key­note speak­ers in­clude U.S. gym­nast Shannon Miller, TimTe­bow’s par­ents, Wally “Fa­mous” Amos, Amway co-founder Rich DeVos, and Or­lando Magic owner and for­mer Florida State Univer­sity (FSU) foot­ball coach Bobby Bow­den.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call MaryWork­man at 561-237-0944 or visit www.ym­caspbc.org.

The YMCA is non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to youth de­vel­op­ment, healthy liv­ing and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. The YMCA of South Palm Beach County is com­prised of The Peter Blum Fam­ily YMCA of Boca Ra­ton, The DeVos-Blum Fam­ily YMCA of Boyn­ton Beach, The Sch­midt Fam­ily YMCA Preschool at the Volen Cen­ter and YMCA@901 NCCI.

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