The Wakeman Boys & Girls Club’s 18th annual Celebrity Breakfast Fundraiser, presented by Safety Marking, will take place on Tuesday, November 13, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The event will run from 7 to 9 a.m. and feature an interview of ESPN.com columnist Ian O’Connor by sportswriter Armen Keteyian.

Guests will hear O’Connor speak about his career in sports writing and about his new book, Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time. Keteyian, an Emmy-winning news correspondent and author, will join O’Connor on stage as both give insights into other sports’ legends that have been the topics of their collective New York Times Bestsellers.

“The Celebrity Breakfast raises important funds for Wakeman’s programming in the Fairfield and Bridgeport communities,” Kait Tremaglio, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club’s Director of Development said. “Thanks to our talented speakers, the hard work of the planning committee, and the generosity and enthusiasm of our guests, the Celebrity Breakfast is always a fun and memorable morning for all in attendance.”

The event will feature a light breakfast buffet, followed by open seating in the Kelley Theatre. Each attendee will receive a copy of Ian O'Connor's new book Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time. General admission tickets can be obtained with a donation of $250, and students under the age of 21 can purchase a ticket at a special rate of $25. Guests can register and purchase tickets by visiting www.tinyurl.com/ianoconnor2018.

Please email ginard@wakemanclub.org or call 203-908-3381 with any questions. The Celebrity Breakfast -along with the Great Futures Benefit Auction (March 9, 2019), Great Futures Golf Tournament (June 3, 2019) and Over the Edge for Wakeman (September 2019)-comprise all the special fundraising events on Wakeman Boys& Girls Club’s calendar.

O’Connor is an award-winning columnist for ESPN.com and the author of four books including The New York Times bestsellers Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time, The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter, and Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf’s Greatest Rivalry.

O’Connor has finished in first place in more than a dozen national writing contests, and three times he’s been named the No. 1 columnist in America in his circulation category by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He’s won the Society of Professional Journalists’ prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., along with contests conducted by the Golf Writers Association of America, the National Association of Black Journalists, The Pro Football Writers Association, and the Basketball Writers Association of America.

He has been a columnist for ESPN, The Record of New Jersey, The New York Daily News, USA Today, and Gannett Newspapers.

Keteyian is an Emmy Award-winning news correspondent and author of the New York Times best-selling biography Tiger Woods, which he co-wrote with Jeff Benedict.

Since 1913, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club has offered activities combining athletics, education and service to youth in grades one through twelve with nationally acclaimed programming and a mission “to guide and inspire young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.” Led by professional staff and volunteers whose sole purpose is to help kids build great futures, the organization now serves more than 3,500 youth annually through its Southport Clubhouse, Outreach at McKinley School in Fairfield, and Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse in Bridgeport. For more information about Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, please visit www.WakemanClub.org.