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All-American Classic Trophy Named in Honor of Lee Trevino November 15, 2013

All-American Classic Trophy Named in Honor of Lee Trevino

Thirty-eight champions have been crowned throughout the rich history of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. When this year’s tournament winner walks off the green, he will be the first recipient of the Lee Trevino Trophy.

“Over the last 38 years, this tournament has grown in prestige,” said Gary Hanson, Chairman of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. “It is fitting that a man that was influential in getting this tournament started, and has made so many contributions to the game of golf, have this trophy named after him. After all, the winner of the tournament known for ‘Where Legends Get Started’ should receive a trophy named after a legend.”

The 1981 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee came to El Paso following a four-year stint with the United States Marine Corps. He became a club professional at the then Horizon Hills Country Club before qualifying for the PGA Tour in 1967. A six-time major champion, Trevino earned 29 PGA Tour victories and was named the 1971 PGA Tour Player of the Year. He became the first golfer to win the U.S. Open, the Canadian Open and the British Open in the same year.

An influential figure in the golf world, Trevino was instrumental in the creation of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic that began in 1974.

“This is quite an honor for someone that did not have the opportunity to go to college,” Trevino said. “The most important thing is that this tournament has donated more than $730,000 in scholarships to the schools represented providing opportunities for others to chase their dreams.”

A philanthropist throughout his career, Trevino has supported charities such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Boys Scouts of America leading him to be named the 2013 PGA Distinguished Service Award.

Trevino was named to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Sports Committee and was a 1971 National Christmas Seal Sports Ambassador amongst many other charities in support of the military, children, and shelters for abused women and disease prevention and research.

Harvest Christian Wins Clothing Drive November 14, 2013

Harvest Christian Wins Clothing Drive

Local businesses and organizations joined forces to collect 34,093 pounds of clothing for the 2013 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Clothing Drive that will benefit the Goodwill Industries of El Paso and local charities.

“We are appreciative for the support we received from the local community in this year’s clothing drive,” said Ruben Batista, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of El Paso, Inc. “The generosity of the El Paso and Las Cruces communities will go a long way to support the benefitting charities.”

For the second consecutive year, Harvest Christian Center was the top contributor to the clothing drive by collecting the most pounds of clothing and will be awarded a prebuilt Thanksgiving parade float.

FirstLight Federal Credit Union members and employees collected over 5,200 pounds of clothing to help support the clothing drive as the major sponsor of the Thanksgiving Day parade.

“The clothing drive provides an opportunity for local businesses and members of the community to come together to support El Paso and Las Cruces, said Karl Murphy, President and CEO of FirstLight Federal Credit Union. “We are extremely grateful for all the support that has been provided and I would like to express thanks to all those who have participated in this event. FirstLight Federal Credit Union is excited about the opportunity to give back to the community through our clothing drive again this year.”

This is the fourth year FirstLight Federal Credit Union, the Sun Bowl Association, the YMCA and Goodwill Industries of El Paso have teamed up to give the annual Thanksgiving parade, now in its 77th year anniversary, a way to give back to the community that has made the parade the most attended event in the Sun City.

In addition to awarding a prebuilt float to Harvest Christian Center, two organizations will be given a chance to participate in the Thanksgiving day parade. The St. Patrick’s Cathedral School and Western Technical College all collected over 2,500 pounds of clothing.

Collections from the Clothing Drive are valued using a predetermined formula. Goodwill Industries will distribute $1,120 in vouchers to each of the following El Paso and Southern New Mexico charities as a result of this successful clothing drive:
• La Casa in Las Cruces
• El Paso Armed Services YMCA
• American Red Cross El Paso Chapter
• Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home
• Project BRAVO

The vouchers are to be used by clients of these charities to purchase personal goods from Goodwill stores.

The 77th Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is Thursday, November 28 at 10 a.m. The parade route runs along Montana Avenue beginning at Ochoa Street and ending at Copia Street. Review stand tickets for the parade can be purchased at any FirstLight Federal Credit Union branch, Circle K store locations or at the Sun Bowl Association office for $5.

This year’s parade theme is “Memorable Moments in Entertainment”. Former World Boxing Association Light Middleweight Boxing Champion, Austin Trout will serve as grand marshal of the parade.

Clothing is still being collected to support the clothing drive effort throughout the holiday season at all Goodwill locations.

Complete list of participating businesses and organizations:
Sun Bowl Association
First Light Federal Credit Union
Armed Services YMCA
La Casa
Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home
Project BRAVO
Chase Bank
Colonial Insurance
CEA Group
David L Carrasco Job Corps Center
Western Tech College
Radisson Hotel
Rio Bravo Title
Camino Real Middle School
Helen of Troy
Logan Elementary School
Desert Eagle Productions Dance Studio
Harvest Christian Center
El Paso Times
South Loop Elementary School
Altep Inc.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral School
Fred Loya Insurance
William Beaumont Army Medical Center

Three Dog Night to Appear at Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta November 4, 2013

Three Dog Night to Appear at  Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta

Hyundai of El Paso and the Sun Bowl Association are proud to announce Three Dog Night as the performing act for the 2013 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.

“We are delighted to have Three Dog Night perform at this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta” said Oscar Leeser of Hyundai of El Paso. “This Grammy-nominated group transcends music generations and that is why we decided to have them perform an hour-long concert at the Fan Fiesta.”

The appearance will mark the first time Hyundai of El Paso sponsors an artistic performance at the event. Hyundai of El Paso had previously sponsored the halftime act for the Hyundai Sun Bowl game. The Fan Fiesta is free and open to the public.

With Three Dog Night performing on the eve of the 80th Hyundai Sun Bowl game, a high school band will be given the opportunity to perform a routine during halftime on Dec. 31.

“A high school band performing during the Hyundai Sun Bowl game pays homage to the history of the game,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “The first Sun Bowl game in El Paso featured the city’s top high school players, the El Paso All-Stars, against Ranger High School. Bringing in a high school band to march on the field during the 80th edition of the game is a special way to recognize the beginning of this football tradition in El Paso.”

The high school band will be selected from the participating bands at the 77th annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

About Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night will perform a full set beginning at 7:15 p.m. at the 17th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta that begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. with the largest fireworks display in the Sun City.

The Grammy-nominated band had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including three No. 1 singles, 11 Top 10’s, 18 straight Top 20’s, seven million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs.

Initially brought together by Danny Hutton and Cory Wells, Three Dog Night recorded the music of songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others.

The band, which is made up of Wells and Hutton on lead vocals, original band mates Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards) and Michael Allsup (guitar) and completed by Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz (drums), performs over 75 shows a year, re-creating their larger than life songs, including “Joy to the World”, “Shambala”, “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)”, “One”, “Liar”, “Black and White” and “Celebrate”.

Their now-famous name came from a story about Australian hunters who, on cold nights in the outback, sleep with their dogs for warmth; the coldest evening is a “three dog night”.

High School Band Halftime Rules
To be eligible your high school band must:
•Submit a parade application by no later than Wednesday, November 13.
•Participate in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade held on Thanksgiving Day Thursday,
November 28 starting at 10 am.
•Submit a DVD of a 5-6 minute halftime performance with your parade application. The performance must be from the current school year.
•Your band must march in full uniform attire.
•You band will be judged on the following criteria: presentation, marching, quality of sound and your DVD entry.

The Hyundai Sun Bowl Halftime Guidelines for the winning band:
•Each band member and director will have a reserved seat at the football game. Friends and family will have to purchase a ticket.
•The band that performs at halftime must be the same band that enters the parade and is seen on the DVD.

Prices for this year’s bowl game are $17, $22, $32, $42, $52 and $62 ($2 facility fee included). Purchases made through Ticketmaster will incur additional service charges.

For more information please call the Sun Bowl Association office at (915) 533-4416.

Austin 'No Doubt' Trout Honored as Parade Grand Marshal October 17, 2013

Austin 'No Doubt' Trout Honored as Parade Grand Marshal

The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union are proud to announce the former World Boxing Association Light Middleweight Boxing Champion, Austin Trout, as this year’s grand marshal for the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade.

“It is an honor for Austin Trout, a great professional boxer, to be our grand marshal for the 77th Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade,” said Karl Murphy, president and CEO of FirstLight Federal Credit Union. “He is a great example in the community and is a member of FirstLight Federal Credit Union. Trout is the former world junior middleweight champion who recently fought Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in one of 2013’s biggest fights. He is regarded as one of boxing’s bright young stars and future champions and is a part of our community.”

In addition to honoring Trout, parade officials have selected Mitchell Marcus and Jonathon Montañez as honorary grand marshals for this year’s parade. Marcus and Montañez, former students at Coronado High School and Franklin High School, respectively, have been recognized for their commendable sportsmanship moment during a rivalry basketball game earlier this year.

“Jonathon Montañez and Mitchell Marcus exemplify the spirit of our community,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “Their story being shared nationwide brought to light what a tight-knit community we are. Jonathan’s unselfish act and Mitchell’s relentless attitude is something we want to continue celebrating.”

Trout became a boxing success after winning his first professional fight at the age of 20. The southpaw became the WBA Light Middleweight Champion in 2011, defeating the defending champion Rigoberto Alvarez.

The Las Cruces native announced last week that he will be facing current WBA interim champion Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Trout, now 28 years old, was able to maintain an undefeated record until April of 2013, dropping a decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, making his record 26-1 with 14 knockouts. The junior middleweight boxer was inducted into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame this past summer.

“I am very excited to be a part of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, which has been a regional tradition since 1936,” said Trout. “I continue to honor the tradition of the biggest event in the Southwest by serving the parade with pride.”

Outside of the ring, Trout devotes his time speaking to elementary school children against bullying; he is also a supporter of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation geared towards childhood cancer research. Most recently, he has spent time making appearances for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and collecting school supplies for underprivileged children in the State of New Mexico.

The 77th Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is November 28th at 10 a.m.

Review Stand tickets for the parade can be purchased now at FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches, Circle K locations and the Sun Bowl Association office. For more information call (915) 533-4416.

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Results October 10, 2013

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Results

Over 100 children from the area participated in the Price’s Creameries Give ‘Em Five NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition presented by the Sun Bowl Association and El Paso Parks and Recreation at the Sun Bowl on Thursday night.

The top four finishers of each division (ages 6-15) in the El Paso, Lubbock and Amarillo Sectionals will advance to the Team Championships to take place during halftime at a Dallas Cowboys game to be determined.

If competitors from the El Paso area advance to the Team Championships, the Sun Bowl Association and Price’s Creameries will cover hotel, air and ground transportation expenses for the child and a parent to represent El Paso in Dallas.

2013 PPK Results