THE PATCH Program of the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Gives Football Fans a Reason to Celebrate

THE PATCH Program - The Common Thread that ties Northeast Florida and the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Together

Ramsey, N.J. and Jacksonville, Fla. - August 7, 2008 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, and the Gator Bowl Association announced today is the start of the "THE PATCH" program for the 2009 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl.

"THE PATCH", the official membership program of the Gator Bowl Association, boasts bigger and better benefits in 2008.  For just $5, members will receive a commemorative Konica Minolta Gator Bowl PATCH and earn great benefits including invitations to PATCH parties and member-only events, plus free services and discounts at participating area restaurants, entertainment venues and golf courses.  "THE PATCH" is on sale now and benefits will last through January 8, 2009.

"We like to think of 'THE PATCH' as the common thread that ties Northeast Florida and the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl together," said Brian Goin, Gator Bowl Association Chairman.  "Plus, every player in the game wears it on their jersey, so it's also a cool souvenir for the fans.  THE PATCH" is the official patch that will be worn by players appearing in the 64th Annual Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Game that will be held on Thursday, January 1, 2009 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium."

When wearing their PATCH, members will receive the following benefits through January 8, 2009:  one free round of golf per visit and 50% off laser tag and go-karts at Adventure Landing; 15% off at Bono's Pit Bar-B-Q; a free $5 powercard per day / per visit at Dave & Buster's; $0.50 off each fill-up of $50 or more at Gate Petroleum; $35 round of golf all day Monday - Friday and after 11 am on Saturday and Sunday at The Golf Club at Fleming Island, Windsor Parke Golf Club and The Champions Club at Julington Creek; one free game per day at Jax Lanes and Jax Lanes West; 15% off at McAlister's Deli, as well as buy one Southern Style Chicken Biscuit or Sandwich get one of the same free at McDonald's.

Member-only events consist of two "PATCH" golf tournaments with shot gun starts, free refreshments and surprises along the course; Game Week and Game Day events like the Adventure Landing Players' Outing where the whole family can meet and greet the players appearing in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, and the game day Budweiser Tailgate Party with concessions, interactive games, music, entertainment and more.

PATCH parties will be hosted monthly beginning in August and extending through November at local establishments throughout Jacksonville.  "THE PATCH" Patrol will be on-site to give away official Konica Minolta Gator Bowl souvenirs, and select one lucky winner to receive a FREE pair of tickets to the January 1, 2009 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl.  Visit www.gatorbowl.com for a schedule of PATCH parties.

Participation in "THE PATCH" program also supports youth football as well as dance and cheer teams through Greater Jacksonville and First Coast Pop Warner Leagues.  The Gator Bowl Association will host "Park of the Week" promotions at area Pop Warner parks featuring giveaways, drawings, and the Gator Bowl mascot "PATCHES".  Eight youth football teams will also get a chance to compete for the Little Gator Bowl Pop Warner Championship title in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Sunday, November 2, 2008.

To purchase "THE PATCH", visit participating Jacksonville Gate Petroleum locations, Dave & Buster's, Jax Lanes or Jax Lanes West locations, or log onto www.gatorbowl.com.  Tickets and parking passes for the 64th Annual Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Game are also available for purchase on www.gatorbowl.com.

"As the title sponsor, we encourage all local residents and those involved with the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl to participate in THE PATCH program", says Kevin Kern, Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "Each year the excitement surrounding the game has intensified, and THE PATCH program offers great incentive for visitors and local residents to enjoy some of the more entertaining venues in Northeast Florida."

Visit www.KMBSsports.com  to enter for your chance to win The Konica Minolta Ultimate Sports Experience.

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop.  In 2008, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys.  For more information, please visit www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us

About The Gator Bowl Classic
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.  For more information on the Association, please visit

Konica Minolta Corporate Contact
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000

Gator Bowl Association Contact
Cheri O'Neill
Gator Bowl Association
+1 904.798.1700

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