Konica Minolta and CSAH Send Wounded Troops to the Gator Bowl

Ten Severely Injured Heroes and their Families will attend January 1st Bowl Game in Jacksonville, Florida


Ten Severely Injured Heroes and their Families
will attend January 1st Bowl Game in Jacksonville, Florida

Ossining, N.Y. and Ramsey, N.J. – December 26, 2007 – When Texas Tech and the University of Virginia go head to head at the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2008 there will be 10 very special guests in the stadium there to watch the game, thanks to the title sponsor, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (Konica Minolta) and the nonprofit, nonpartisan group Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (CSAH).

As part of the company’s continued efforts to support local communities in which the company maintains a presence, Konica Minolta donated 25 game tickets to CSAH, the leading nongovernmental organization providing emergency financial aid to severely wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. U3B With this donation, CSAH was able to invite 10 wounded troops and their families, from the state of Florida and around the country to attend the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.

“When we signed on as the title sponsor of the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, we recognized that it presented us with a great opportunity to honor the brave men and women who have served our country,” said Kevin Kern, vice president of marketing and product planning, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  “We are very proud to be working with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, and our entire organization is committed to raising awareness about the needs of our returning wounded heroes and their loved ones.”

“What better place and time to honor our American heroes than during one of America’s favorite traditions - a football game on New Year’s Day,” says Thomas Palma, General Manager of CSAH.  “Clearly, Konica Minolta understands what it means to give back to those who have given to us and for that we are grateful.”

Melbourne, FL resident Gary Boggs, who lost his left eye and suffered a traumatic brain injury after his Humvee ran over a landmine in Iraq, is going to the game.  He says, “College football is actually my favorite sport so I am counting down the days until we get to the game.  Thank you, Konica Minolta, for giving us this experience.”

Another severely injured veteran who received tickets to the game is US Marine Cpl. Donny Daughenbaugh (Ret.).  He is bringing a fellow wounded service member from Iowa with him. 

Daughenbaugh was shot in the face by insurgents while deployed in Iraq in 2004.  The bullet missed his vital nerves and brain by millimeters and was too close to his brain to remove.  “It is so awesome that Konica Minolta is giving these hard-to-come-by tickets to us.  It means a lot that Corporate America remembers us and honors our sacrifices,” he says.

The 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl will take place at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on January 1, 2008.  The game – which will feature a tribute to these inspirational heroes – is scheduled to kick off at 1.00p EST and will be televised nationally by CBS.  For tickets and additional information on the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, call 904-353-3309 or visit www.gatorbowl.com.

About the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes:
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is a 501 (c)(3), non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to helping the severely wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families rebuild their lives.  The organization is the top nongovernmental association helping wounded troops from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and since its 2004 inception, has assisted over 4,000 troops.
More than $5 million dollars has been distributed to date to prevent car repossessions and utility shut-offs while trips to sporting events, entertainment parks, and shows help to boost service members’ morale, break the boredom of the routine of recuperation and help reintegrate wounded troops into civilian life.  The annual all-expense paid Road to Recovery Conference provides seminars, career counseling, job fairs, evaluations, and inspirational success stories.
CSAH has partnered with numerous celebrities including LeAnn Rimes, Dave Matthews Band, Gary Sinise, Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels, Regis Philbin and Big & Rich and Fortune 500 corporations like Kellogg’s, GNC and GM, to help further our cause. 
For more information, or to learn how you can help, please visit the website at www.saluteheroes.org.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us), a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, brings together unparalleled advances in security, print quality and network integration via its award-winning line of bizhubTM multifunctional products (MFPs); bizhub PROTM production printing systems; magicolor® desktop color laser printers and all-in-ones; and pageproTM monochrome desktop laser printers and all-in-ones.  Konica Minolta also offers advanced software solutions, wide-format printers, microform digital imaging systems, and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, NJ, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and client support through an extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Visit www.KMBSsports.com to enter for your chance to win The Konica Minolta Ultimate Sports Experience at the 2009 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl.*

About The Gator Bowl Classic
The Gator Bowl Classic, the 6th oldest Bowl in the country, was first played on January 1, 1946 pitting South Carolina against Wake Forest.  For over 60 years, the Gator Bowl has showcased 4 Heisman Trophy winners and more than 180 first team All-Americans.  A few of the great legends who are part of the Gator Bowl mystique include coaches and players like Dan Marino, Archie Manning (and son, Peyton), Paul “Bear” Bryant, “Papa” Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.

The Gator Bowl Association is a 501(c) 3 not-for profit organization whose 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. Its primary charitable activities are focused on education and youth in the North Florida area.

The 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl marks the 63rd game for the Gator Bowl Classic.  The matchup will showcase a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference to play against a team from the Big 12 Conference, the Big East Conference or Notre Dame.

To obtain the official Konica Minolta Gator Bowl game mark and/or logo, please visit www.gbalogos.com.

Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Contact
Ashlie Lanning
919 Marketing
+1 919.557.7890

Konica Minolta Contact
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.785.4403

Gator Bowl Association Contact:
Cheri O’Neill
Gator Bowl Association
+1 904.798.1700

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