How does an organization with a staff of 11 deliver 37 major events annually, including the hottest game in town – the Gator Bowl? It’s all about the volunteers. The Gator Bowl Association has a tradition in history of people taking charge of something and making it happen.
There are 280 Gator Bowl Committee Members, 90 Chairman’s Club Members and Sponsors and over 700 volunteers who take action and execute all of their events and activities that bring fun, entertainment and economic benefit to our community. Most volunteers have made long-term commitments, with the longest record for volunteering with the Gator Bowl Association being 37 years.
The Gator Bowl Association’s mission is to provide Northeast Florida with the very best in college athletics and related activities in order to maximize positive impact on the area’s economy, national image and community pride. And for 67 years the Gator Bowl Association has done just that.
The largest event is The Gator Bowl. But this is so much more than a football game! In 2012, game week included a parade; a fireworks show; pep rallies; tailgate parties and a 5K race through the streets of downtown Jacksonville.
The economic impact for our community is significant. Game week brings in about 30,000 out-of-town visitors who average a two-night, three-day stay in our local hotels. Between $14-$16 million dollars are directly infused into our local economy with a $30 million dollar overall impact to Northeast Florida.
In addition to the economic boost to our economy, The Gator Bowl Association hosts other events that raise money for local charities, including a 5K to benefit Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital and the Committee Golf Tournament that benefits Take Stock in Children.
The Gator Bowl Association exemplifies HandsOn Jacksonville’s overarching belief – it is through people that change happens in our world. And the Gator Bowl Association makes changing our community a lot of fun. In fact, they have a saying: “If you love college football, want to have fun and want to give back to your community then you’ll want to join the Gator Bowl Association!”
The Gator Bowl Association is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Tillie Kidd Fowler Spirit of Service Award. Join us at Celebrate!GOOD, April 18, 2013 to learn more !