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Those affected by breast cancer to receive a free Cure Bowl ticket, honored in the March 2 Cure and receive on-field recognition. ORLANDO, Fla. (CureBowl.com) – The Orlando Sports Foundation announced Tuesday that the nomination process is now open for the Cure Bowl Warriors, the initiative that provides a free game ticket donated to breast cancer survivors, thrivers and fighters for the Cure Bowl on Dec. 21 at Exploria Stadium. Over the first four years, the Cure Bowl has donated tickets to breast cancer survivors and their families. This is an extension of that program and offers a platform where those affected by breast cancer will be recognized on the website and honored during gameday activities at the Cure Bowl and March 2 Cure. Nominations can be made at CureBowl.com/Warriors, and recipients will be listed on the March 2 Cure webpage. Each nominee will receive their free ticket by email, along with the details for the events on Dec. 21 that include leading the March 2 Cure and an on-field dedication. “As the only college football bowl game that is dedicated to donating funds to cancer research, we have an obligation to our community to ensure that anyone affected locally has a place where they feel honored and recognized,” said Cure Bowl Executive Director Alan Gooch. “We hope to see thousands of our honorees supported by fans and community leaders marching towards Exploria Stadium in a sea of pink on December 21.” Pre-game festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. at Church Street Station at the March 2 Cure block party that includes VIP areas, alumni events, and fun for the whole family. Honorees will lead the March 2 Cure at 1:15 p.m., where thousands will walk together from Church Street Station to Exploria Stadium for the 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Since its inaugural game in 2015, the Cure Bowl has been used as a platform to raise $3.6 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The Orlando community has benefited from the funds generated at the game with local BCRF research Dr. Annette Khaled at the UCF College of Medicine receiving over $1.2 million of the funds distributed. The Cure Bowl features a matchup between teams from the American Athletic Conference and Sun Belt Conference. There is also a secondary tie-in with independent Liberty University. About the Cure Bowl The Cure Bowl is more than a game. It is a platform to raise awareness for cancer research and recognize those that are fighting cancer or have survived cancer. Played on the third Saturday in December each year at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, this NCAA college football bowl game is televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. Funds raised from the Cure Bowl directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide, and the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the United States, investing 91 cents of every donated dollar directly into core programs. The Cure Bowl has helped to put Orlando at the center of some of the world’s greatest advancements in cancer science. Since 2015, the bowl has raised a collective $3.6 million. Over $1.1 million of the funds raised have gone to Dr. Annette Khaled, professor at the UCF College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and head of the medical school’s cancer research division. About Orlando Sports Foundation The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The OSF holds several events throughout the year, including the Cure Bowl, which is an NCAA college football bowl game played each December. With the combined support of Central Floridians, loyal sports fans and strategic partners, the OSF is further dedicated and committed to serving the challenges of cancer awareness and elimination, invigorating the Central Florida athletic community and supporting youth organizations with standards of benevolence, integrity and moral excellence. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - ORLANDO SPORTS FOUNDATION / CURE BOWL Media Contact: Nate Blythe, 772-240-8742 Oct. 29, 2019
(Orlando, Florida) November is National Diabetes Awareness Month a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to the impact of Diabetes. Nearly 30 million Americans have one form of diabetes - the primary types of Diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational, Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and an estimated 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. ·         The Orlando nonprofit Dancing for Diabetes focuses on Type 1 (once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes), an autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone that allows the body to get energy from food. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle and there is no cure. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes. ·         Type 2 Diabetes is when the body doesn’t use insulin properly—which is known as insulin resistance. As a result, the pancreas makes extra insulin to compensate, but over time it is unable to keep up. ·         In honor of World Diabetes Day  on November 14th, Dancing for Diabetes is activating downtown Winter Garden with store front signage, special offers, promotions and an Instagram hashtag campaign.  November 14th is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. ·         Dancing for Diabetes has raised over half a million dollars for Type 1 Diabetes research through their annual Dancing for Diabetes Show held each November. The 19th Annual Dancing for Diabetes Show will be held on Saturday, November 9th at the Bob Carr Theater in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for the show range from $15 to $35 each and may be purchased online at www.drphillipscenter.org. “For those who have been diagnosed, diabetes impacts nearly every decision they make daily—from what they'll eat, wear, do and how they'll take care of themselves. Yet the 24/7 burden of diabetes management is often misunderstood.  The goal of National Diabetes Awareness Month is to demonstrate the everyday reality that so many are living with and to offer support to those who have been diagnosed.” Elizabeth Forrest Founder, Dancing for Diabetes. About Dancing for Diabetes is a nonprofit organization based in Central Florida with a mission to spread awareness through the art of dance to better educate the community, raise funds to find a cure and inspire those with type 1 diabetes to live healthy and active lives. Media Resources ·         Images for Use ·         Press Release - The 19th Annual Dancing for Diabetes Show Announcement ·         PSA ·         Social Scripts ·         Set Interview with Elizabeth Forrest - Founder Dancing for Diabetes - Press Kit ·         Dancing for Diabetes Newsroom - for logos and other assets ·         Reserve space at VIP Backstage Media Tour at 5:30 pm - on November 9th at the Bob Carr Theater - Paula@AnytingisPoshAble.com
Lake Mary, Florida – The Collage Companies hires commercial construction industry-veteran to lead expansion of religious sector development, throughout Florida and the southeastern United States. In response to the growing demand for large religious structures and church building projects, and in complement to Collage’s long history of church building - Gary Vargas joined Collage as a Project Executive on September 1st. Mr. Vargas is working alongside Lee Corcoran, Director of Church Development  as part of the business development team, supporting strategic growth with an emphasis on expansion and of consulting and development services. Gary will also be engaged with local community projects as a client liaison, providing oversight through project completion. Gary Vargas has 25-years of construction industry experience overseeing large commercial and civil construction projects. Mr. Vargas’ expertise extends to every phase of the project from preconstruction, management and execution. He has been engaged with multiple project delivery methods including design/bid/build, design/build, construction management at risk, and integrated project delivery. Gary has worked throughout Florida and nationally on public and private projects. He is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Building Construction, is a Certified Construction Manager and holds a General Contractors license in the state of Florida. “We are excited to have someone of Gary’s experience and qualifications join our leadership team as we are continuing on mission to build projects that strengthen the foundation and fabric of our community.” says Brian Walsh, President and CEO of The Collage Companies   The Collage Companies is an established integrated services firm with capabilities and expertise in Design Build, Construction Management, and General Contracting. Collage pursues community–centric projects with an emphasis in the hospitality, religious, transportation, education, government and parks and sports sectors. Collage has served Florida and the southeast since 1982 from their headquarters in Lake Mary.   # # # Contact: Paula Wyatt - pwyatt@collage-usa.com – 321 946 6565
Orlando’s Top Culinary Talents Join Forces for the 13th Annual A Taste of Dr. Phillips at Dellagio Town Center on Sunday, November 10th, 2019 Orlando, Florida - Dellagio, located in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando just minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks and the Orange County Convention Center, will host the 13th Annual A Taste of Dr. Phillips Food and Wine event on November 10, 2019. Top culinary talents from Restaurant Row and beyond join forces for this four-hour event. View Restaurants.  “Dellagio is proud to host the annual A Taste of Dr. Phillips food and wine event for the 10th consecutive year. Come out and indulge in the best food that Dr. Phillips has to offer with your friends and family while supporting the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips’ Foundation and its partners and charities.” Joe LeBas, President, Managing Director and Founder, Concorde Group Holdings, LLC The 2019 A Taste of Dr. Phillips is brought to you by the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips Foundation. The event takes place at Dellagio Orlando (located at Via Dellagio way and Sand Lake Road) on Sunday, November 10th, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 4:00. General admission is $75 and includes access to the event, live entertainment, access to silent auction, unlimited sampling of food, wine, beer from all participating restaurants and event partners. The event expects to sell out. CLICK FOR TICKETS “The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips is celebrating 40 years of impacting the Dr. Phillips community. The funds raised at this year's event benefit The Dr. Phillips YMCA, Dr. Phillips Hospital, the Southwest Library and the Dr. Phillips High School Theater Magnet Program.” Joe Mahoney, Chair, A Taste of Dr. Phillips Dellagio – The Heart of Sand Lake - located in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando just minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks and the Orange County Convention Center. Dellagio is home to some of Orlando’s favorite award-winning restaurants, a full line up of wellness and beauty destinations and a host of professional service brands. Over 30 brands make up the Dellagio family. www.dellagiooralndo.com # # #
News Release CENTRAL FLORIDA NONPROFIT SAYS GOODBYE GALA AFTER 16 YEARS The Bridges of Light Foundation Announces an Innovative New Fundraising Platform which Eliminates the Need for a High-Overhead Gala Orlando, Florida (October 11, 2019) - The Bridges of Light Foundation, a Central Florida nonprofit who has been supporting at-risk Central Florida youth and their families through school-based initiatives, community partnerships and family services since 2004, announced at the16th Annual Players Ball (held on Saturday October 5th at Walt Disney’s Four Seasons Resort) that this would be the last year for their popular annual fundraising gala. The Bridges of Light Foundation is transitioning to an innovative new fundraising platform which eliminates the need for a high-overhead and labor-intensive gala. The organization’s new fundraising partnership model engages private and corporate donors by asking them to take the Bridge Builder Challenge and commit to $100,000 over a ten-year period. The announcement was made at the gala on Saturday night where $300,000 was secured in the first five minutes from long-term supporters: Winter Park Construction, Armstrong Air and Fine Dentistry Orlando. “Securing a confirmed income stream over a long-term period, allows our organization to stay hyper-focused on helping the kids, without the long pause which comes each year when it’s time to plan and fundraise for a gala.” says Bridges of Light Founder, Stacey Papp Americans give over $400 billion annually to the 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States (2018 report). The nonprofits that thrive are reported to be the ones that provide the biggest impact to those they serve by working at high efficiency and providing focused care to fill a specific need.  Earlier this year the Bridges of Light Foundation launched the Community Alliance - a quarterly roundtable event designed to create impactful partnerships amongst nonprofit organizations and local businesses in order to most efficiently provide for at-risk Central Florida youth. For more information or to connect with the Bridges of Light Foundation you can visit www.bridgesoflightfoundation.org or phone Ray Gaines at 407-490-3290. # # # Media Contact: Paula Wyatt Paula@AnythingisPoshAble.com 321-946-6565
ORLANDO, Fla. (CureBowl.com) – For the second-consecutive year, the Cure Bowl benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), Sun Belt Conference and AutoNation are combining forces for the Coaches for a Cure initiative during the 2019 football season.Each of the 10 Sun Belt football-playing institutions is ready to show support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month by its coaches and support staffs wearing pink shoelaces, armbands, wristbands and towels. Also during games throughout the month of October, each school is set to display a specially designed pink Sun Belt Kicks Cancer kicking net on its home sideline. The Cure Bowl has provided the pink accessories and kicking nets to all 10 institutions for the second-straight year.This year’s initiative includes a fundraising element with AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer, generously offering to match 100 percent of the dollars generated by Sun Belt institutions in October, up to $100,000, as part of its DRV PNK Initiative.The money collected will go to BCRF in honor of Wendy Anderson, wife of Arkansas State football head coach Blake Anderson, who lost her two-year battle with cancer on Aug. 19.Donations are now being accepted online at Give.BCRF.org/SunBelt.In addition, the Sun Belt’s efforts in its Coaches for a Cure initiative will be recognized in a special on-field presentation during the Louisiana at Arkansas State football game on Thursday, Oct. 17 on ESPNU. This presentation will recognize the conference and its support of the Cure Bowl’s mission as well as honor Wendy Anderson and recognize Kerry Maggard, wife of Louisiana Director of Athletics Dr. Bryan Maggard, who has had her own battle with cancer.“The Sun Belt Conference is proud to continue its work to end breast cancer,” said Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill. “We thank the Cure Bowl and AutoNation for joining with us in our commitment to make a difference in the fight against cancer.”“The Cure Bowl, Sun Belt and AutoNation are all partners in bringing teams together to find a cure for cancer,” said Cure Bowl Executive Director Alan Gooch. “We are pleased to recognize Kerry and Wendy and their respective universities on October 17 as another opportunity to stay true to the Cure Bowl’s mission.”“We are proud to offer this challenge match in Wendy’s honor,” said AutoNation Executive Vice President Marc Cannon. “Supporting cancer research is what drives us!” About the Cure BowlThe Cure Bowl is more than a game. It is a platform to raise awareness for cancer research and recognize those that are fighting cancer or have survived cancer.Funds raised from the Cure Bowl directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Since 2015, the bowl has raised a collective $3.6 million dollars to benefit breast cancer research.The 2019 Cure Bowl benefitting BCRF, pitting teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the American Athletic Conference, is set for Saturday, Dec. 21 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.To learn more, visit CureBowl.com. About the Breast Cancer Research FoundationThe Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This year, BCRF will award $59.5 million to support the work of more than 275 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 15 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S.—the only one with an “A+” from CharityWatch and Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars.To learn more, visit BCRF.org. About AutoNation, Inc.AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer, is transforming the automotive industry through its bold leadership, innovation, and comprehensive brand extensions. As of June 30, 2019, AutoNation owned and operated over 325 locations from coast to coast. AutoNation has sold over 12 million vehicles, the first automotive retailer to reach this milestone. AutoNation’s success is driven by a commitment to delivering a peerless experience through customer-focused sales and service processes. Launched in 2015, AutoNation’s Drive Pink initiative, which has raised over $20 million, is committed to drive out cancer, create awareness, and support critical research. AutoNation continues to be a proud supporter of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other cancer-related charities.Please visit Investors.Autonation.com, AutoNation.com, AutoNationDrive.com, Twitter.com/CEOCherylMiller, and Twitter.com/AutoNation, where AutoNation discloses additional information about the Company, its business, and its results of operations. About the Sun Belt ConferenceWith each passing season, the Sun Belt Conference continues to challenge itself, and its competitors, in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics. Not content with being simply the youngest football conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the conference has shown that it can rise each and every season that comes along. And since the birth of the league as a FBS member in 2001, the Sun Belt has earned due respect in the FBS over the last several years by consistently beating teams from peer conferences, winning bowl games and upsetting Power Five teams.Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, ULM, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy give the league 10 football members. Little Rock and UTA compete as Sun Belt members in sports other than football.To learn more, visit SunBeltSports.org.
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Tickets NOW ON SALE for The 19th Annual Dancing for Diabetes Show at the Bob Carr Theater (Orlando, Florida) – Dancing for Diabetes is an annual showcase of Central Florida dancers that has raised nearly half a million dollars for Type 1 Diabetes research.  The 19th Annual Dancing for Diabetes Show will be held on Saturday, November 9th at the Bob Carr Theater in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for the show range from $15 to $35 each and may be purchased online at www.drphillipscenter.org. Dancing for Diabetes is a nonprofit organization based in Central Florida with a mission to spread awareness through the art of dance about Type 1 Diabetes, to raise funds to find a cure and to inspire those with Type 1 Diabetes to live healthy and active lives. "The energy behind the show is awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, but the show itself is 100% entertainment - It’s hundreds of dancers doing what they love to do in support of the cause."   says founder Elizabeth Forrest There are three primary types of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational). The Orlando nonprofit Dancing for Diabetes focuses on Type 1 Diabetes which impacts approximately 1.25 million American children and adults.  Type 1 Diabetes was once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. It is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. To learn more about Dancing for Diabetes and its programs visit www.dancingfordiabetes.org. Contact:  Elizabeth Forrest - 407-474-4686 - elizabeth@dancing4diabetes.com # # #
Halloween Night Thrills, Spooky Costumes and More in Store for Orlando Ballet Patrons September 27, 2019, (ORLANDO, Fla.) — Orlando Ballet returns to the stage, kicking off its 2019-20 season, with the return of crowd-favorite, “Vampire’s Ball.” Back by popular demand, a Thursday, October 31 opening night means Orlando Ballet fans will celebrate Halloween with this newly “revamped” and hauntingly good ballet.  . “Vampire’s Ball” features newly added cutting-edge projection technology, updated costumes and reimagined choreography by the production’s creator and Orlando Ballet artistic director, Robert Hill. New additions include a jaw-dropping number showing off the sheer strength and technical prowess of four of Orlando Ballet’s talented female dancers. Orlando Ballet School will also take center stage this production as a trio of students, academy students and trainees ranging from 13 to 17 years old, bring down the house with an energy-packed dance full of exciting jumps and turns. In preparation for the spooky ballet, Central Floridians who donate blood at any OneBlood donation between now and November 3 will receive an exclusive offer to attend “Vampire’s Ball.” Additionally, if patrons donate blood on October 7, 14 or 21, they will be entered to win a free pair of tickets to “Vampire’s Ball.” To find the nearest OneBlood location, visit www.OneBlood.org.  “‘Vampire’s Ball’ is rich in thrills and campiness, with an approachable blend of strong classical dancing alongside edgy, contemporary movement. It’s a fan favorite, but it’s also a fun first introduction for ballet newcomers,” said artistic director, Robert Hill. “We have several fantastic new dancers about to make their debut with Orlando Ballet and audiences will not be disappointed. Backing them up are five incredible Orlando Ballet School dancers that make up the two casts of the children’s dance. I created these roles because our students are performing at such an exceptional level, they deserve the opportunity to gain valuable performance experience alongside our professional company.” “Vampire’s Ball” Showtimes Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3 p.m. To purchase tickets visit: https://www.drphillipscenter.org/events/tickets/2019/vampiresball/ or call the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts box office at 844-513-2014. Contact: Elizabeth Buccianti SIX_The Agency (407) 463-8865 ElizabethB@SIXtheAgency.com
Big Fin™ Seafood Kitchen Renews Lease for another 10 Years at Dellagio -The Heart of Sand Lake - located in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando just minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks and the Orange County Convention Center.Since opening in 2009 Big Fin™ Seafood Kitchen has occupied 11,000 square feet on Sand Lake’s famed Restaurant Row in the iconic Dellagio Town Center. Winner of many prestigious foodie awards, Big Fin™ offers event planning for corporate and social events and boasts a unique loyalty program - offering LOYALTY CARD MEMBERS 20% off all dining and alcohol purchases. “Big Fin Seafood Kitchen is part of the heartbeat of Dellagio, one of the iconic brands that has been around since day one- and the cuisine is among the best on restaurant row” Joe LeBas, President, Managing Director and Founder, Concorde Group Holdings, LLC Executive Chef, James Slattery has resided over Big Fin’s kitchen since it’s opening. Prior to working at Big Fin™ he was Executive Chef at Circa on Park Avenue in Winter Park. Chef Slattery’s career in the culinary world began in the late 1990’s at Emeril’s restaurant at Universal’s City Walk. “It’s always been about the experience offering guests a scrumptious variety of seasonal menu items and using fresh ingredients in surprising ways” James Slattery, Executive Chef, Big Fin™ Seafood Kitchen The Big Fin™ menu features a delectable mix of Cajun and Latin inspired signature dishes and boasts one of Restaurant Row’s most impressive raw bar experiences. Big Fin™ Seafood Kitchen is located at 8046 Via Dellagio Way and is open from 5:00pm to 9:30pm – five days a week and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. For private dining and reservations visit www.bigfinseafood.com. Dellagio – The Heart of Sand Lake - located in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando just minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks and the Orange County Convention Center. Dellagio is home to some of Orlando’s favorite award-winning restaurants, a full line up of wellness and beauty destinations and a host of professional service brands. In total 27 brands make up the Dellagio family. www.dellagiooralndo.com # # #
Goalposts and field markers are installed at Exploria Stadium for the first time. ORLANDO, Fla. (CureBowl.com) – Exploria Stadium was transformed on Wednesday into an American college football venue for the first time for a walk-through with Orlando Sports Foundation and venue staff. It was a step in preparing for the fifth annual Cure Bowl on December 21 at 2:30 p.m. The goalposts and field markers were installed in preparation for December’s historic event. “The vision became reality today with goal posts being installed at Exploria Stadium,” Cure Bowl Executive Director Alan Gooch said. “For the first time, Exploria Stadium actually looks like an American football field. I can’t wait till Dec. 21 to see the crowd feel the energy and hear the pads pop at the fifth-annual Cure Bowl.” The Cure Bowl will be the first non-soccer sporting event to be held at Exploria Stadium, since opening in March 2017. The 25,500 seat soccer-specific stadium is located in the heart of downtown Orlando and is home of the Orlando City Soccer Club of Major League Soccer (MLS) and Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) “I am looking forward to the unique atmosphere that is going to be created for the Cure Bowl at Exploria Stadium,” Gooch said. “It is a fantastic venue that brings fans closer to the action, creating an intimate experience. The first American football game here is definitely going to be an extremely special event.” The 360-degree lower bowl and four-sided canopy roof at Exploria Stadium were designed to keep the noise in and weather out. The proximity of Exploria Stadium to downtown and the historic Church Street Stadium Entertainment District provides for an enhanced gameday experience. “We are going to hold a community-wide block party at historic Church Street Station on gameday that we are calling our March 2 Cure,” Gooch added. “This is an opportunity for us to bring the community together, recognize cancer survivors and create awareness for cancer research. The bands from both teams will lead a march all the way to the gates of Exploria Stadium in time for kickoff.” The March 2 Cure kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Church Street the will feature VIP hospitality areas, alumni events, a pep rally and fun for the whole family. At 1:30 p.m., community leaders, college football fans and cancer survivors will march alongside the team bands to the gates of Exploria Stadium for the 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Since its inaugural game in 2015, the Cure Bowl has been used as a platform to raise $3.6 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The Orlando community has benefited from the funds generated at the game with local BCRF research Dr. Annette Khaled at the UCF College of Medicine receiving over $1.1 million of the funds distributed. The Cure Bowl features a matchup between teams from the American Athletic Conference Sun Belt Conference. There is also a secondary tie-in with independent Liberty University. About the Cure Bowl The Cure Bowl is more than a game. It is a platform to raise awareness for cancer research and recognize those that are fighting cancer or have survived cancer. Played on the third Saturday in December each year at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, this NCAA college football bowl game is televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. Funds raised from the Cure Bowl directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide, and the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the United States, investing 91 cents of every donated dollar directly into core programs. The Cure Bowl has helped to put Orlando at the center of some of the world’s greatest advancements in cancer science. Since 2015, the bowl has raised a collective $3.6 million. Over $1.1 million of the funds raised have gone to Dr. Annette Khaled, professor at the UCF College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and head of the medical school’s cancer research division. About Orlando Sports Foundation The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The OSF holds several events throughout the year, including the Cure Bowl, which is an NCAA college football bowl game played each December. With the combined support of Central Floridians, loyal sports fans and strategic partners, the OSF is further dedicated and committed to serving the challenges of cancer awareness and elimination, invigorating the Central Florida athletic community and supporting youth organizations with standards of benevolence, integrity and moral excellence. About Exploria Stadium Opened in March 2017, Exploria Stadium is home to Orlando City of Major League Soccer (MLS) and Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The 25,500 seat soccer-specific stadium is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando and was the first MLS stadium to open with five consecutive victories. Exploria Stadium was 100 percent privately funded at a cost of $155 million. It features a 360-degree lower bowl, North America’s first safe-standing supporters’ section – dubbed “The Wall” – and a four-sided canopy roof to keep the noise in and weather out. In Section 12, there are 49 rainbow-colored seats to memorialize the victims of the tragedy at Pulse Night Club. The stadium also houses the Club’s Front Office. To date, the stadium has hosted the U.S. Men’s National Team, 2019 MLS All-Star Game, 2017 NWSL Championship, NCAA Women’s College Cup, 2018 MLS Combine, Florida Cup and 2018 SheBelieves Cup.
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