Notre Dame Board of Trustees member takes out full page ad in Athens paper to thank Georgia fans
The biggest nonconference game of the season between Georgia and Notre Dame did not disappoint.
It was a win on so many levels for Georgia. The Bulldogs beat the Irish 23-17 in front of a wild environment at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs unveiled a new LED light show, and the university boosted attendance by adding temporary seating. It was the highest-rated college football game of the season.
Going into the game, Georgia was a heavy favorite, and most thought the Bulldogs would win going away. So, even in the loss, Notre Dame earned national respect with analyst and fans alike. When Notre Dame players left the field after the game, Georgia fans even praised them for their competitiveness.
Notre Dame Board of Trustees member Jimmy Dunne was so impressed with Georgia that he took out a full page ad in the Athens Banner-Herald to thank the Bulldogs community. Marc Weiszer, the Georgia beat reporter for the newspaper, shared a photo of the ad via Twitter.
“Congratulations to Coach Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs on a hard-fought victory. On behalf of the Notre Dame visitors, we want to thank everyone in the Georgia community for being great hosts and for all their wonderful hospitality,” the ad read. “It was a very special weekend in Athens. Hopefully the results will be different the next time we meet! Go Irish! Go Dawgs! Jimmy Dunne and the Notre Dame fans.”
Full page ad in today’s Athens Banner-Herald. pic.twitter.com/e4Y6MmeNQs
— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) September 25, 2019
Dunne has given millions to Notre Dame. In 2016, he gifted the school $20 million for the construction of a new residence hall.
Dunne is the senior managing principal of Sandler O’Neill and Partners, which he cofounded in 1988 with executives from Bear Stearns. Today, it is the largest independent full-service investment banking firm focused on financial services companies.