Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Celebrates 47-Year Partnership with Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

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ATLANTA (Dec. 18, 2015) – Though the spotlight will be on the two teams chosen to play in this year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the #9 Florida State Seminoles and #18 Houston Cougars, thereare other clear winners who benefit from this bowl game: one of those is the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation and those in need who receive vision and hearing services from this agency.

Widely respected as “College Football’s Most Charitable Bowl Game,” the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl was founded in 1968 as a way to raise money for the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. The Lighthouse is an Atlanta-based non-profit providing comprehensive vision and hearing services to uninsured and underserved residents in all 159 counties in Georgia. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has been a financial supporter and partner of the Lighthouse throughout its 47-year history.

In the mid-1960s, Atlanta Lions Club member and philanthropist George P. Crumbley came up with the idea of a bowl game to raise money for his favorite charity, the Lighthouse. He formed a committee of Atlanta Lions and after two applications were declined, the NCAA Committee granted the charter in 1968 to create the first charitable bowl game, the Peach Bowl.

“Our philanthropic relationship with the Lions is the longest and most meaningful such relationship in our history,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. President and CEO. “The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl was created as a charitable initiative and we have continued that legacy as college football’s most charitable bowl game. We owe it to the Lions to have a deep and meaningful relationship that pays tribute to that great history.”

Lions Clubs International, with more than 1.4 million members worldwide, recently announced it will take over presenting sponsorship of the Bowl’s game day parade. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade presented by Lions Clubs International will march through downtown Atlanta the morning of Dec. 31, entertaining tens of thousands as it makes its way through Centennial Olympic Park on its way to the Georgia Dome. Lions Clubs members will be prominently featured throughout the parade, including the Lions Clubs co-Grand Marshall, LCI’s First Vice President, Chancellor Bob Corlew of Milton, Tenn.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 31 at 12 p.m. EST in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. ESPN will be televising the game as the Florida Seminoles and Houston Cougars compete for the George P. Crumbley Trophy, named for the founding “Father of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.”

About the Georgia Lions Lighthouse:
The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing comprehensive vision and hearing services to Georgians in need. By partnering with over 300 healthcare professionals, the Lighthouse provides essential vision and hearing care, from screenings and education to complex vision surgeries and digital hearing aids, allowing Georgians of all ages to live healthier and more productive lives. The Lighthouse is honored to be the legacy charitable partner of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. To learn more, visit lionslighthouse.org.

About the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl:
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and is one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has sold out 18 of the last 20 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 55% of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has disbursed more than $137 million in team payouts over its 47-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $17.9 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com.

About Lions Clubs International:
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions visit Lionsclubs.org