FIESTA BOWL CHARITIES PLEDGES $1.5M TO ARIZONA NONPROFITS AT THE FIESTA BOWL KICKOFF LUNCHEON, PRESENTED BY WESTERN REFINING
April 12, 2016
The Fiesta Bowl kicked off the 2015-2016 college football season today at the Third Annual Fiesta Bowl Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Western Refining. The sold-out luncheon featured former Nebraska Quarterback Tommie Frazier and former Nebraska Head Coach Tom Osborne as the headline speakers. Fiesta Bowl Charities also pledged $1.5 million to Arizona nonprofits through this year’s annual giving cycle.
“The 3rd Annual Fiesta Bowl Kickoff Luncheon was a great success and the perfect way to kick off the college football season,” said Mike Nealy, Executive Director at the Fiesta Bowl. “I’m grateful to all of the attendees, sponsors, board members, committee members and Fiesta Bowl staff who helped make it happen. A huge part of who we are is how we give back and I could not have been more honored to announce that the Fiesta Bowl will be able to give $1.5 million to Arizona nonprofit organizations this season.”
During the luncheon the recipients of the 2015-2016 Fiesta Bowl Charities small grants were recognized. The grants will provide funding for numerous projects, including concussion education, school supplies for over 125,000 children in low income schools and memorable experiences for medically fragile children. Grants were restricted to 501(c)(3) organizations that serve Arizona, with applications divided into four categories: youth, sports, education and human services. Over the past five years, Fiesta Bowl Charities has granted more than $6 million across the state of Arizona and helped over 500 Arizona nonprofits.
“Western Refining is proud to support such a great organization that does so much for our community,” said Gary Hanson, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Western Refining. “We all know of the economic impact the Fiesta Bowl provides the Valley, but in addition, to donate over $1.5 million to local and state nonprofits to make our community better is admirable. Those actions are consistent with the core values of Western Refining and what makes this such a natural relationship.”
No strangers to the Fiesta Bowl, Osborne made five bowl appearances during his time as head coach, and Frazier took home the MVP award after his performance in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl as the Huskers defeated Florida, 62-24.