The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl’s participating conferences – Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference – have each made donations of $25,000 to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, in addition to a $25,000 donation from a neighboring bowl game in Miami – the Capital One Orange Bowl.
The donations were announced at a press conference in downtown Nassau, and will be sent to the Bahamas Red Cross in support of its effort in the affected areas of The Bahamas to help put lives and communities back together.
The bowl game will air on Friday, December 20, at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time), and will continue its support of The Bahamas by showing viewers ways in which they can also support the relief efforts.
“Over the last five years, our bowl partners Conference USA (C-USA) and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and their student-athletes and staff who have joined us here, have come away from the experience with great memories and an appreciation of what makes The Bahamas so special,” said Richard Giannini, executive director of Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl. “With the devastation brought by Hurricane Dorian, both C-USA and the MAC wanted to give back to The Bahamas, and our friends in Miami at the Capital One Orange Bowl also wanted to be part of this joint effort to assist those in need through the Bahamas Red Cross. On behalf of everyone at the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, we want to thank all of them for contributing in a significant way.”
“We are honored to support the Hurricane Dorian relief effort in The Bahamas as the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl and surrounding community have been outstanding hosts to our participating institutions since we joined this game in 2014. Conference USA is devastated by this heartbreaking tragedy and proud to contribute to this wonderful country and the strong spirit of the Bahamian people,” said C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod.
“Through our participation in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, our membership has developed friendships and relationships with many in The Bahamas. The tragedy of Hurricane Dorian left us mourning for the lives lost and the devastation to this beautiful country. The Mid-American Conference is humbly contributing to the Bahamian relief efforts to support and provide assistance to those in need,” said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher.
“The Capital One Orange Bowl is proud to join our friends from the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference in providing support to the people of The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian,” said Orange Bowl Committee President-Elect Jeff Rubin.
“The Bahamas is an essential part of our region in many ways, and the Orange Bowl felt compelled to assist in the long-term rebuilding efforts for our neighbors.”