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Give holiday gifts kids in need really want

NOVEMBER 11, 2020 

You know the holidays are coming up when Spirit of Giving launches the 19th annual Holiday Gift Drive.

“Our gift drive ensures that over 6,000 disadvantaged children in our community will receive a holiday wish this season.  With COVID-19 and the economy, the need is even greater this year,” said executive director Lindy Harvey.

Gifts are not picked at random. “By using our virtual gift tag link, you will be able to know the child’s name, age, gender and the gift wish they picked out for this holiday season,” she said.

The wish lists on their website are linked to registries on Amazon, Target and Walmart. https://spiritofgivingnetwork.com/what-we-do/holiday-gift-drive/

Once donors click on the gift wish tags, they can also drop gifts off in two locations in Boca Raton: Spirit of Giving office, Atrium Financial Center, 1515 N. Federal Highway, suite 106, north of Glades Road. Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th St., just off Glades Road.

All gifts and donations must be received by Dec. 4 to give Spirit of Giving enough time to distribute to 50 local children’s charities. They’re also looking for volunteers in small groups with safety protocols in place to help sort gifts in advance of pickup by the charities. Harvey can be reached at  561-385-0144 or this email:  Lindy@spiritofgivingnetwork.com

“We are encouraging our business community, condominiums, HOAs, schools, colleges, and church and synagogue groups to partner with us to help us fulfill this need,” Harvey said. “We want these children to have some joy and normalcy during this holiday season.”

By Marci Shatzman

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Over $1 Million Distributed to Local Non-Profit Organizations at the 11th Annual Great Charity Challenge Presented by Fidelity Investments®

Wellington, FL – February 1, 2020 – Palm Beach County cheered as equestrians and their mounts, representing local non-profit organizations, competed for a share of more than $1 million in prize money at the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) on Saturday, February 1. Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), the GCC has become a highlight of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and has distributed over $14.8 million to 256 local organizations in 11 years.

 

Determined to feature the power of united communities, the GCC is an exciting show jumping event that blends equestrian sports and philanthropy, bringing hope to 40 Palm Beach County charities this year.

 

With riders dressed up in costumes and horses adorned to match them, this year’s theme of “Broadway Musicals” payed recognition to the wisdom commonly found in these plays. From “You can change the world if you change your mind” (Kinky Boots) and “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise!” (Les Misérables), to “If you stand for nothing Burr, what will you fall for?” (Hamilton), all who attended the event were inspired to foster the change they wish to see in their own backyards.

 

With February 1, 2020 marking National Freedom Day, PBIEC and the GCC joined forces with all 12 Wellington public schools through a special initiative to bring added awareness to the event’s theme and drive community involvement. Students from first through 12th grades were asked to demonstrate what opportunities freedom offers while incorporating recycled materials. The “Art Gallery” was proudly displayed at PBIEC showcasing inspiring creations of how everyday trash can actually be turned into creative treasures.

 

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The winning team with their charity representatives from Spirit of Giving Network. Photo ® Sportfot

The winning team of riders: Jessica Mendoza riding Flashback VDS, Caroline Mewhinney aboard Ballerine de Revel, and first time GCC participant Ana Sofia Rodriguez on Carolina du Toultia Z, sponsored by team sponsor Van Kampen Foundation and corporate sponsor CGM Farms, came in the ring to the music of the Broadway musical “Chicago” and finished with a time of 94.912 seconds. Their strategy and teamwork paid off for Spirit of Giving Network, a local non-profit organization that creates alliances with nonprofit organizations by sharing resources and providing education to strengthen local communities through a variety of causes. They earned the top prize of $150,000. The sliding scale for the balance of the proceeds, down to 24th place, won a minimum of $15,000, ensuring that everyone was a winner.

 

“The Spirit of Giving is a collaborative non-profit, and we have 72 other non-profit members underneath us that benefit families and children, but we have a lot of variety too,” said Executive Director Lindy Harvey. “So, not only is this helping us, it’s helping 72 other members and thousands of local children. It’s a very big win for us.

 

“We all work so hard for our money and to get grants and donors, and this is an amazing event to be able to help with that, and it so much fun!” continued Harvey. “Next month, we will host our Community Spirit Race (March 7 and FAU Stadium) where we will help 34 non-profits raise money, so we’re going to put some of these winning toward supporting that.”

 

“This is our third year participating, and it’s such an amazing event that helps so many charities. It’s just so fabulous for our community,” said Susan Diener, Spirit of Giving Network board member. “This past year with some of the Great Charity Challenge funding from last year, we were able to implement a women’s room, which we were able to provide feminine clothing and products for women. Also, through our holiday gift drive, we try and provide meaningful gifts for over 6,000 children in the area.”

 

The three riders made up the top team of the night out of 24 pro-am combinations, paired with randomly selected Palm Beach County charities. Each team was made up of junior and amateur riders competing side-by-side with top professionals, including Olympians.
The winning team was decked from head to toe in Chicago-themed costumes, and gave the crowd something to cheer for when they took over the lead with only one team remaining in the order. They also won Spirit of Giving Network an additional $3,000 grant as the Best Costume Award winners.

 

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Jessica Mendoza and Flashback VDS. Photo ® Sportfot

 

“This is our third year participating, and we took a lot of time preparing our costumes and the horses,” said team captain Jessica Mendoza of Great Britain. “It’s amazing to go out there and win and especially to do it for charity. I train Caroline, and Caroline and Sofia are good friends, so we came all together and picked our fastest horses so we could win.”

 

“I’ve done this for two years prior, and it was amazing to represent a charity and of course win so we could donate a big fund for them and try to make their year,” said 14-year-old Mewhinney of Woodside, CA. “I think [the format] is really cool; you learn a lot by riding with professionals, and I think it really brings everyone together.”

 

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Caroline Mewhinney and Ballerine de Revel. Photo ® Sportfot

Of her GCC team debut, 15-year-old Rodriguez, who hails from Guatemala noted, “I’m so excited for the charity and so happy for them and what we get to help them do. I feel so happy to get to ride in a night class and get to know this mare better.”
Coming in second place was the team Wellington Cares, sponsored by Green River Farm and corporate sponsor Havensafe Farm. The team consisted of family trio Daniel Kerins riding WKD Tokyo, Darragh Kerins aboard Ringwood Zedo, and Sarah Kerins on Lawfull Z, who were just a second and a half shy of the win in 96.429 seconds, earning $125,000 for their charity.

 

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Ana Sofia Rodriguez and Carolina du Toultia Z. Photo ® Sportfot

Vita Nova, Inc. finished third and won $100,000 with a time of 96.986 seconds. The team was made up of David Blake piloting Bella Donna, Carly Dvorkin riding Carlotta 168, and Madelyn Ruskin on Abazu BSM sponsored by Pine Hollow Farm and corporate sponsors Rosenbaum PLLC.

 

“All of us with Fidelity Investments® here in Palm Beach County are delighted to be involved with the Winter Equestrian Festival and with the Great Charity Challenge, a wonderful event that helps so many charities in Palm Beach County,” said Heath Odom, Manager of Fidelity’s Investor Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

 

 

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The top three teams, along with their charity and team sponsor representatives, for the 2020 Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®. Photo ® Sportfot

 

Great Charity Challenge co-founder Paige Bellissimo commented, “What an amazing evening, seeing first-hand the power of united communities. The objective of the event has truly grown with our focus set on not only giving non-profit organizations a financial ‘leg up,’ but also increasing their visibility and providing the opportunity for them to connect with each other to better serve the community. We are so grateful for the support of the event sponsors who make this possible!”

 

In the spirit of communities coming together, Great Charity Challenge partner and local digital agency Achieve awarded a Social Media Advertising Grant valued up to $18,000 to HomeSafe in their efforts to protect victims of child abuse and domestic violence. “It is thrilling to be a part of the GCC and see so many individuals come together to take significant action on behalf of local organizations,” said Managing Partner, Clay Williams. “We are honored to support such a deserving nonprofit”, remarked Director of Marketing, Erica Linguanti. “Our entire team can’t wait to start dreaming up unique campaigns to help further their important mission and reach new supporters in the community.”

 

In addition to the competition, the evening featured several grants and donations to further benefit locally based nonprofit organizations. Local representatives, including Commissioner Robert Weinroth, Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, Village of Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, Vice Mayor Michael Napoleone, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Councilman John McGovern, Councilman Michael Drahos, and sponsors, Carlene Ziegler of the Ziegler Family Foundation, Founder of the Grand Prix Society, Nikki Morley, Palm Beach County Community Relations Manager, Local Market Organization of Bank of America and members of Equestrian Sport Productions’ staff joined the festivities to award grants and randomly draw additional organizations.

 

“We are truly inspired by seeing key players come together to support change in this community,” concluded event co-founder Mark Bellissimo. “There are countless charities within Palm Beach County that work tirelessly to do just that; we are grateful to our amazing donors who give them access to additional funding and riders who donate their time to compete on their behalf. They share one common purpose: empowering local non-profit organizations to do what they do best.”

 

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More information on the competition and winning charities of the 2020 GCC will be available shortly via www.greatcharitychallenge.com.

Event photos and fund use updates will also be shared via Facebook: www.facebook.com/greatcharitychallenge.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, Official Photographer of the Winter Equestrian Festival. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

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FAU WINS THE 2019 CHERIBUNDI BOCA RATON BOWL

FAU WINS THE 2019 CHERIBUNDI BOCA RATON BOWL

FAU BEAT SMU, 52-28, IN THE 2019 CHERIBUNDI BOCA RATON BOWL

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida Atlantic scored twice in the final minute of the first half to take a 28-14 lead. It never relinquished en route to a 52-28 victory over SMU in the 6th annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl.

After SMU (10-3) tied the game at 14 on Xavier Jones’ one-yard run with 2:12 remaining in the half, FAU swiftly moved 75 yards in seven plays, capped off by a James Charles 15-yard touchdown run at the one-minute mark. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Shane Buechele’s pass was intercepted by defensive MVP Rashad Smith (11 tackles, and a fumble recovery to go with the interception) at the SMU 35 and returned to the 13-yard line. Offensive MVP Chris Robison’s 13-yard pass to Brandon Robinson on the next play gave the Owls the two-score lead heading into the locker room.

FAU added two touchdowns in the third quarter, while holding SMU scoreless and entered the final quarter with an insurmountable 42-14 lead.

Robison set a Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl record with 27 completions (in 37 attempts) for 305 yards and two touchdowns. Charles added two scores on the ground. FAU tied the bowl record with its 52 points and the combined 80 points were the second most in the bowl’s history. FAU punter Matt Hayball, the game’s special teams MVP, set a bowl record with a 48-yard average on five punts.

SMU quarterback Shane Buechele also completed 27 passes and threw for over 300 yards (27-47 for 303) while wide receiver James Proche caught nine passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

FAU was led by defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, who was named interim coach after Lane Kiffin became the head coach at Ole Miss. The Owls finished the season 11-3, matching the best record in school history, achieved previously in 2017 when they also ended the season with a Boca Raton Bowl victory.

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Palm Beach County students with autism go on shopping spree

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — From the packed stores to the loud music, some holiday traditions like gift shopping can be overwhelming for a person with autism.

But now a Palm Beach County school is making shopping a part of their lesson plan.

Dozens of students at the Palm Beach School For Autism were given money on Tuesday to buy gifts for the holidays at a Super Target in suburban Lake Worth. Along the way, they learned a lesson more valuable than money.

The Spirit of Giving Network gave 64 students at the school $25 Target gift cards.

“It’s just great to see the kids picking out gifts, smiling, and being so happy with their purchase,” said Lindy Harvey, the Executive Director of the Spirit of Giving Network.

From toy cars to electronics, these teenagers got the gifts they wanted and then a lesson to help them better navigate through life.

“They are responsible for their choice of gift, budgeting, the change, paying for things, and reporting on what they’ve purchased when we get back,” said teacher Bryan Williams.

The shopping spree gave these students the gift of independence.

The 64 gift cards were just a portion of the gifts provided to students at the Palm Beach School For Autism. In total, the Spirit of Giving Network provided 386 gifts to students with autism.

To learn more about the Spirit of Giving Network, click here.

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Kids with autism go holiday shopping in Lake Worth

Kids with autism were given an opportunity to go holiday shopping on Tuesday.

For the last five years, the Spirit of Giving’s gift drive has been collecting gift card donations.

Thanks to the generosity of the community and the Spirit of Giving network, the Palm Beach School of Autism was able to hand out these gift cards so their students could buy a holiday gift for themselves or a loved one.

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SMU TO TAKE ON FAU IN THE 2019 CHERIBUNDI BOCA RATON BOWL

SMU TO TAKE ON FAU IN THE 2019 CHERIBUNDI BOCA RATON BOWL

BOCA RATON, FL. – Conference USA Champion FAU will take on American Athletic Conference’s SMU in the sixth annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. The game will feature two of the nation’s top scoring teams, each with 10 wins this season.

The game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3:30 p.m. ET at FAU Stadium. It will air on ABC and ESPN Radio, as well as locally on ESPN 106.3 FM.

“We may need to hire a backup scoreboard operator for this game,” said Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl executive director Doug Mosley. “The offenses will likely be putting up big numbers. Both teams are exciting to watch and make for a highly anticipated matchup.”

SMU (10-2), led by head coach Sonny Dykes, posted its most wins since 1984 and its sixth 10-win season in program history. The Mustangs won all six home games this season, marking the first time SMU has won every home game since 1968 (4-0 at the Cotton Bowl) and the first time to win every home game on campus since 1939 (5-0 at Ownby Stadium). SMU only lost by one score in its two losses on the road. SMU is ranked sixth in NCAA scoring offense, averaging 43.0 points per game.

FAU (10-3) will be the sixth conference champion to play in the sixth-year history of the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. FAU is ranked 16 in NCAA scoring offense, averaging 35.2 points per game. The Owls won the 2019 CUSA football championship and earned their second CUSA title on Saturday against UAB. The 49-6 win was the largest margin of victory in CUSA title game history.

After five years being played on the Tuesday night before Christmas and aired on ESPN, the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will kick off for the first time in the afternoon (3:30 p.m.) live on ABC.

“We’ll be playing in the bright Florida sunshine,” said Mosley. “We’re excited about moving to the weekend this year and kicking off in the afternoon.”

The game debuted in 2014 and has been well received in the community through its first five years. It has twice held the distinction of matching up two conference champions – Marshall University vs. Northern Illinois University (2014), and UAB vs. Northern Illinois (2018). In all, six conference champions and another three conference division champions have played in the game. Among the bowl’s alumni who have moved on to the NFL are current Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (FAU, 2017) and Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (Memphis, 2016). Eleven Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl alumni were selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Media members wishing to participate in the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Head Coaches Teleconference beginning at 5p.m. this evening should dial toll-free (877) 290-0784. Once connected, enter the Conference ID 6846838659, followed by #. Media members should plan to call in at 4:50 p.m.

The Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl is currently accepting media credential applications. until Friday, Dec. 13. Media can access the application by visiting https://www.cheribundibocaratonbowl.com/credentials/.

For additional information about the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, please visit CheribundiBocaRatonBowl.com or e-mail Emily Frank at efrank@orangebowl.org.

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FLORIDA BLUE HOSTS INFORMATIONAL MEETING IN SUPPORT OF THE ‘FILL THE SEATS’ INITIATIVE

FLORIDA BLUE HOSTS INFORMATIONAL MEETING IN SUPPORT OF THE ‘FILL THE SEATS’ INITIATIVE

Florida Blue Hosts Informational Meeting in Support of the

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl ‘Fill the Seats’ Initiative

BOCA RATON, Fla. (November 19, 2019) – The Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, Spirit of Giving Network and Florida Blue joined forces to kick off the ‘Fill the Seats’ initiative last night at the Florida Blue Center in Boynton Beach.

The ‘Fill the Seats’ initiative provides local non-profit organizations with Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl tickets each year. This offers deserving individuals and their families the opportunity to attend the game at no cost.

Last night, charitable organizational leaders heard from ‘Fill the Seats’ Initiative Chairman Richard Pollock, Spirit of Giving Network’s Executive Director Lindy Harvey, and Florida Blue’s Regional Market Development Director Beth Johnston to learn more about the opportunity and receive important information about the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl.

Spirit of Giving Network and the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl have partnered with more than 150 nonprofits and community organizations to bring more than 20,000 children, veterans and families to the bowl game since the bowl’s inception in 2014.

“We are proud to support our community organizations and provide opportunities to attend our bowl game to those who might not otherwise be able to enjoy this experience,” said Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Executive Director Doug Mosley.

Non-profit, veteran, and school organizations can RSVP for bowl game ticket vouchers by visiting https://spiritofgivingnetwork.com/event/cheribundi-boca-bowl/ and clicking the RSVP link at the bottom of the page.

 

About the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl2019 Game Moves to New Day, Time and Network

After spending five years on the Tuesday evening before Christmas and being aired on ESPN, the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will kick off in the Florida sunshine on Saturday afternoon, December 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET at FAU Stadium and will broadcast nationally on ABC as well as on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3 FM. The bowl game has conference tie-ins with teams from Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference and the Mid-American Athletic Conference.

As one of 41 postseason college bowl games in the country and one of 15 owned and operated by ESPN Events (a division of ESPN) the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl is the only one hosted in Palm Beach County. As a celebrated annual holiday tradition in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County that lives up to its other name, ‘Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party’, the event features all the pomp and circumstance of traditional bowl events. It is a high-energy, entertaining experience for both college football fans and non-fans alike and allows the national spotlight to shine on Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. Bowl week activities will begin on Tuesday, December 17 with the arrival of the participating teams; days, times and sites for the team welcome parties, beach parties, luncheon, pep rallies and other bowl week activities will be released at a later date. For more info, visit www.CheribundiBocaRatonBowl.com and/or follow through social media on Facebook (Facebook.com/BocaBowl), Twitter (@BocaBowl), and Instagram (@BocaBowl).

Duffy’s Sports Bar and Grill in Boca Raton is hosting the official bowl game after party on Saturday, December 21 following the sixth annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl.

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25+ TAILGATE FOOD AND BEVERAGES REVEALED TO 350+ FOOTBALL AND FOOD FANS

25+ TAILGATE FOOD AND BEVERAGES REVEALED TO 350+ FOOTBALL AND FOOD FANS

25+ Tailgate-Inspired Food and Beverages Revealed to

350+ Football and Food Fans at the

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase

Boca Raton, FL (November 6, 2019) – More than 350 residents, civic and business leaders dressed in their alma mater or favorite college team’s colors to rev up fans before the Palm Beach County’s only NCAA-sanctioned college football bowl game. Kicking off a hearty wave of Palm Beach County pride for the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, the 2019 Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase & College Football Spirit Night hosted this week at the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel drew more tailgate culinary creativity than ever before. All while raising over $15,000 in funds from two tailgate events combined for Spirit of Giving’s annual holiday gift drive and boosting bowl game ticket sales.

In friendly competition, dozens of the area’s popular restaurant, country club, hotel, cooking school chefs and brew masters pleased the palates of event-goers with their signature twists on tailgate classics. Featuring several returning contenders and six first-timers, every chef brought their A-game. Samplings ranged from sides and entrees to beverages and desserts. Validating that football and beer are a popular team-up, a dedicated roster of breweries featured flights of diverse craft brew samplings as well.

Each chef and brew master presented their creation to a panel of expert foodie media, personalities and bloggers while guests casted their votes for the “People’s Choice” winner. The panel of expert judges – made up of foodie media experts and bloggers – noted they were “highly challenged” this year. The judges were Sun Sentinel Food & Dining Critic – Michael Mayo; Florida Food & Farm Editor and JanNorris.com Blogger – Jan Norris; Boca Magazine Managing Editor – John Thomason; Two Forks & A Cork Blogger – Wayne Augustin; SteppingOutFlorida.com Editor/Blogger – Deby Goldfarb.

And the 2019 Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase winners are…

While the real winners are the children benefitting from Spirit of Giving’s Annual Holiday
Gift Drive, the culinary victors who spent the last few weeks heating up their creative
cookery to put a new spin on tailgate classics were:

  • Grand ChampionBoca Raton Resort & Club, Chef Scott Manocchio, Woonsocket’s Dynamite Sloppy Joe and Tuscan Cheesy Polenta
  • People’s ChoiceCeasar’s Famous Ribs, Chef Bill Ceasar, Pulled Pork and Jerk Ribs
  • Most SpiritedCinnaholic Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls, Gourmet Cinnamon Roll Variety
  • Top Tailgate Taco: Applebee’s® Neighborhood Grill + Bar, Chicken Wonton Tacos
  • Best Sandwich: Bazille, Chef Fredericks Edwards, Crispy Chicken Sandwich with Apple Onion Slaw
  • Best on a BunBoca Raton Resort & Club, Chef Scott Manocchio, Woonsocket’s Dynamite Sloppy Joe and Tuscan Cheesy Polenta
  • Crowd Pleaser: Bolay, Executive Chef Justin Brady, Slow Roasted Short Rib,
    Island Sweet Mash, Pickled Shallot and Coconut Cardamom Panna Cotta, Roasted Pineapple Compote, Pistachio
  • Best Pulled Pork: Ceasar’s Famous Ribs, Chef Bill Ceasar, Pulled Pork and Jerk Ribs
  • Best South of the Border Dish: Chartwells at FAU, Campus Executive Chef Shane Lynch, Yucatan-Style Cochinita Pibil, Slow-Roasted Achiote Marinated Pork Served in a Fresh Corn Tortilla with Green Pico De Gallo, Pickled Red Onion and Queso Blanco.
  • Best Wings: Cheffrey Eats, Chef Jeffrey Lemmerman, Chicken Wings with Special B.O.M.B. Sauce. (made and served at Barrel of Monks Brewery)
  • Top Tailgate Treat: Cinnaholic Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls, Gourmet Cinnamon Roll Variety
  • Most Creative Slider: Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Executive Chef William Ring, Pulled Pork Sliders featuring Slow-roasted Pork Tossed with “Figgy-Q” (House-made Fig BBQ), Israeli Apple Slaw and a Soft Challah Slider Bun
  • Ultimate Tailgate Classic: Hooters, Chicken Wings and Sauces
  • Best of Bakery: La Boulangerie Boul’Mich, French with a Latin Twist: Guava and Cheese Croissant
  • Most Savory Short Rib: Los Bocados, Chef Robby Bushman, Guajillo Glazed Short Rib Served Over Chipotle Slaw
  • Best Burger: E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom, Chef/Owner George Patti, The Frita- Chorizo Patti, Smoked Cheddar Cheese Sauce, Candied Bacon and Crispy Fried Potato Chips
  • Best Floridian Fare: Oceans 234, Sous Chef Joseph Ballivian, Key West Pink Shrimp + Florida Citrus Tostadas
  • Best Comfort Food: Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, Chef Marco Villanueva/Bob Hester, Chili Con Carne made with Ground Beef, Red Beans, Chili served in a Phyllo Cup
  • Best Seafood Dish: Sammy J’s Kitchen + Cocktails, Executive Chef Randy Luedders, Shrimp n’ Grits, Creamy – Spicy Cheddar Cheese Grits, Sautéed Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Spinach and Tomatoes
  • Best Seasonal Sweet: Seasons 52 Grill & Wine Bar, Executive Chef Brian Besaw, Mini Pumpkin Pie
  • The Ultimate Dipper: The Melting Pot, Milk, White and Dark Swirled Chocolate Strawberries and Boston Lager Cheddar Cheese Fondue
  • Best Veggie Burger: True Food Kitchen, Executive Chef Brian Stevenson, Unbeetable Slider Burger
  • Best Handheld: Tucker Duke’s Boca Raton, Chef Chris Cartenuto, Spicy Middle Eastern Arayes

And the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl “Best Brews” Award winners went to…

  • Best Blonde Brew: Barrel of Monks Brewing, #99 Hoppy Belgian Blonde Ale – 7% ABV and Three Fates Tripel – 9% ABV (Brewed with NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp)
  • Best Seasonal Brew: Crazy Uncle Mike’s, Mike Goodwin, Octoberfest Lager and Physical Graffiti IPA
  • Tastiest Craft Ale: Due South Brewing Co., Doug Fairall, Carmel Cream Ale
  • Most Creative Brew: Prosperity Brewers, Dominick Peri, Cheribundi HEF-A-U: Classic German-style Hefeweizen (wheat beer) infused with Cheribundi juice
  • The Sweetest Ale: Mad Robot Brewing Co., Allen Steen, Sandal Clad Cyborg and Mexican Chocolate Cake Stout

“Once again chefs, mixologists and brew masters did not disappoint,” said Doug Mosley, executive director of the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, one of 41 postseason college bowl games in the country and the only one hosted in Palm Beach County. “Each year at this tailgate showcase we see and taste more creative tailgate-inspired originals cooked up
and on tap then the previous year, all to support the bowl and Spirit of Giving.”

According to Mosley, this year’s sixth annual bowl game will kick off in the Florida sunshine on Saturday, December 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET at FAU Stadium and will broadcast nationally on ABC as well as on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3 FM. The bowl will have conference tie-ins with teams from Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference and the Mid-American Athletic Conference.

Featuring all the pomp and circumstance of traditional bowl events, the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl is a high-energy, entertaining experience for both college football fans and non-fans alike and allows the national spotlight to shine on Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. The event has become a celebrated annual holiday tradition in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County as it lives up to its other name, “Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party”.  Bowl week activities will begin on Tuesday, December 17 with the arrival of the participating teams; days, times and sites for the team welcome parties, beach parties, luncheon, pep rallies and other bowl week activities will be released at a later date. For more info, visit www.CheribundiBocaRatonBowl.com and/or follow through social media on Facebook (Facebook.com/BocaBowl), Twitter (@BocaBowl), and Instagram (@BocaBowl).

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Competition is Heating Up for the Fifth Annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase & College Spirit Night

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Boca Raton’s Favorite Community Football Night Returns with
Fan-Favorite “Food, Fun and Fundraising” and a Creative Tailgate-Inspired Twist 
Presented by 30 Area Chefs, Brew Masters and Mixologists

Boca Raton, FL (September 9, 2019) – With 30 area chefs, brew masters and mixologists creating their signature twists on tailgate classics, the fifth annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase & College Football Spirit Night will be brimming with creative culinary and craft beer samplings.  Held on Tuesday, November 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, 2000 N.W. 19th St., Boca Raton, FL;  top local restaurant, country club, hotel and cooking school chefs, as well as brew masters and mixologists, will once again bring their gastronomic and brew A-game to rally Bowl fans and raise funds to support Spirit of Giving’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive.

As a popular lead-in event for the sixth annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, the Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase takes a “Chef vs. Chef” and “Brew vs. Brew” approach in friendly competition.  The culinary masters aim to please the palates of event-goers with their takes on tailgate fare ranging from sides and entrees to beverages and desserts, while brew masters share their signature craft creations. Each chef and brew master present their originals to a panel of expert ‘foodie’ media, personalities and bloggers while guests get to cast their own votes for the “People’s Choice” designation.

South Florida residents and businesses will again network and join in on all of the
pre-Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl countdown festivities at this high-spirited, one-of-a-kind fundraising event. For this popular laid-back networking and pride-rallying event, guests are encouraged to come out wearing their alma mater or favorite college team’s colors and jerseys. They will get to mix and mingle with other fellow college football fans and community partners, along with ESPN on-air personalities who will be onsite and broadcasting live.

“Each year this competition gets more exciting as chefs and breweries up their game strategies with bold, new recipes and spirited station decor,” notes Doug Mosley, Executive Director of the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl that is set to kick off on Saturday, December 21 at 3:30 p.m. at FAU Stadium. “This year’s roster includes many new Boca Raton restaurants that are debuting this fall and I can’t wait to see what everyone is cooking up. It’s all in good fun and fundraising for our Bowl’s charity partner Spirit of Giving and the holiday magic the nonprofit brings to thousands each year.”

Competition is Heating Up: 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase/2/2/2/2

The diverse roster* of returning and new** chefs, brew masters and mixologists participating in this open-to-the-public event will hail from the area’s fan-loving venues, including:

  • Barrel of Monks Brewing
  • Bazille**
  • Boca Raton Resort & Club
  • Bolay
  • Ceasar’s Famous Ribs
  • Chartwells at FAU
  • Cheffrey Eats**
  • Cinnaholic Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls**
  • Citrus Distillers, LLC
  • Coca-Cola
  • Crazy Uncle Mike’s**
  • Due South Brewing Co.
  • Fling Craft Cocktails**
  • Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
  • Hooters
  • La Boulangerie Boul’Mich**
  • Los Bocados
  • E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom
  • Oceans 234
  • Prosperity Brewers
  • Publix Aprons Cooking School
  • Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel
  • Rex Baron**
  • Robot Brewing Co.
  • Sammy J’s Kitchen & Cocktails**
  • Seasons 52
  • The Melting Pot
  • True Food Kitchen
  • Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox

*roster subject to change

Tickets to the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase are $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door; price includes all chef food samplings, entertainment and beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks. To purchase tickets, visit Spirit of Giving at www.spiritofgivingnetwork.org or call 561-385-0144.

About the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl: 2019 Game Moves to New Day, Time and Network

After spending five years on the Tuesday evening before Christmas and being aired on ESPN, the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will kick off in the Florida sunshine on Saturday afternoon, December 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET at FAU Stadium and will broadcast nationally on ABC as well as
on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3 FM. The bowl game has conference tie-ins with
teams from Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference and the Mid-American Athletic Conference.

As one of 41 postseason college bowl games in the country and one of 15 owned and operated by ESPN Events (a division of ESPN) the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl is the only one hosted in Palm Beach County. As a celebrated annual holiday tradition in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County that lives up to its other name, ‘Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party’, the event features all the pomp and circumstance of traditional bowl events. It is a high-energy, entertaining experience for both college football fans and non-fans alike and allows the national spotlight to shine on Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. Bowl week activities will begin on Tuesday, December 17 with the arrival of the participating teams; days, times and sites for the team welcome parties, beach parties, luncheon, pep rallies and other bowl week activities will be released at a later date. For more info, visit www.CheribundiBocaRatonBowl.com and/or follow through social media on Facebook (Facebook.com/BocaBowl), Twitter (@BocaBowl), and Instagram (@BocaBowl).

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2019 CHERIBUNDI BOCA RATON BOWL TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Sixth-Annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
Tickets Now on Sale
Saturday, December 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET at FAU Stadium 

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 17, 2019) – Tickets are now on sale for the sixth-annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. The game will be held at FAU Stadium on Saturday, December 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Tickets are $32 for end zone seating, $57 for sideline seating, $375 for club seating, and $12,000 for suites. To purchase tickets for the sixth-annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, click here or call the ticket office at 361-362-3650.

About the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl2019 Game Moves to New Day, Time and Network

After spending five years on the Tuesday evening before Christmas and being aired on ESPN, the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will kick off in the Florida sunshine on Saturday afternoon, December 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET at FAU Stadium and will broadcast nationally on ABC as well as on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3 FM. The bowl game has conference tie-ins with teams from Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference and the Mid-American Athletic Conference.

As one of 41 postseason college bowl games in the country and one of 15 owned and operated by ESPN Events (a division of ESPN) the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl is the only one hosted in Palm Beach County. As a celebrated annual holiday tradition in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County that lives up to its other name, ‘Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party’, the event features all the pomp and circumstance of traditional bowl events. It is a high-energy, entertaining experience for both college football fans and non-fans alike and allows the national spotlight to shine on Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. Bowl week activities will begin on Tuesday, December 17 with the arrival of the participating teams; days, times and sites for the team welcome parties, beach parties, luncheon, pep rallies and other bowl week activities will be released at a later date. For more info, visit www.CheribundiBocaRatonBowl.com and/or follow through social media on Facebook (Facebook.com/BocaBowl), Twitter (@BocaBowl), and Instagram (@BocaBowl).