Feast with the greats
38th Annual Dinner
THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 ATTENDEES, SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS FOR A GREAT EVENING
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 27 years
THIS YEARS GREAT
Warren Moon is an exceptional competitor, mentor, and humanitarian. He is a man who leads by example, encourages others to excel, and readily gives 100 percent of himself to everything he’s involved in. On and off the football field, he has achieved great success due to his drive for perfection and his compassion for others.
Warren was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in September 2001 as a result of winning five championships in six years. Warren is one of only 21 persons to receive the honor. Despite spending his first six professional seasons in the CFL, Warren ranked third all-time in NFL passing yardage racking up nearly 50,000 passing yards in 17 NFL seasons and fourth in touchdown passes thrown at the time of his retirement. In his first year of eligibility, Warren was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, becoming the first undrafted quarterback and the first African-American quarterback to be so honored.
After his professional football career, Warren has continued his charitable endeavors.He regularly volunteers his time and expertise to a variety of charitable organizations that raise awareness and funds for communities in need. Warren founded his own non-profit organization, The Crescent Moon Foundation, in 1989. It is dedicated to providing support for educational pursuits that will benefit children most in need who have displayed a commitment to their community, as well as other charitable causes. Through his foundation, he has provided over 350 college scholarships. Recently, Warren joined forces with Andre Ware and Vince Young to create the Brothers in Arms Diversity Scholarships. This one-time award will be given to a minority student who displays leadership qualities, plays a high school sport, and is being raised by a single parent.
Despite leaving the gridiron in 2000, Warren continues to lead by example, encouraging others to excel, and readily gives 100 percent of himself to all of his endeavors be it family, business, mentoring or humanitarian concerns.
Warren now sits on the Rose Bowl Legacy Board, along with the Hall of Fame Board.
Rocky Bleier - 4x Superbowl Champ
Joel Klatt - Fox Sports
Randy Ambrosie - CFL Commissioner
Dave Wannstedt - Former Head Coach of the Chicago Bears & Miami Dolphins
Dan O'Toole & Jay Onrait - Fox Sports 1
Dave Dickenson & Bo Levi Mitchell - 2014 Grey Cup Champions
Damon Allen - CFL Hall of Fame, Grey Cup winning QB
Roy Firestone - Emmy Award Winner
Mark Cohon - CFL Commissioner
Duane Forde – Grey Cup Champion & TSN Analyst
Jeff Garcia – NFL Pro Bowl QB
Bob Lamey – Indianapolis Colts
Tim Brant – ABC Sports
Bill Polian – Indianapolis Colts
Joe Tiller – Purdue University
Michele Tafoya – ABC/ESPN Sports
Tom Higgins – Edmonton Eskimos
Ron MacLean – CBC Sports
Van Earl Wright – Fox Sports
Keith Jackson – ABC Sports
Dan Fouts – ABC Sports
Ben Davidson – Oakland Raiders
Chris Berman – ESPN
Dick Jonckowski – University of Minnesota
Erik Kramer – Chicago Bears
Dave Cutler – Edmonton Eskimos
Dick Irvin / Tom Renney – Hockey Night In Canada/Canadian Olympic Team
Larry Smith – Canadian Football League Commissioner
Ron MacLean / Dave King – HNIC/ Canadian Olympic Team
Peter Liske – Calgary Stampeders Alumni
Ron Lancaster – Hamilton Tiger Cats
Don Bryant / John Helton – University of Nebraska/Calgary Stampeders
Dave King / Fred Biletnikoff – Canadian National Team/Oakland Raiders
Matt Dunigan – Edmonton Eskimos
Bob Vespaziani – Calgary Stampeders
Steve Buratto – Calgary Stampeders
Jim Coleman / George Reed – Southam Newspapers/Sask. Roughriders