“Battle of the Bowl” Raises $25,000

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Events, News, Press | 0 comments

On Tuesday, Jan. 1, the Stanford Cardinal outplayed the Wisconsin Badgers and walked away with a Rose Bowl victory. On Saturday, Jan. 5, some 40 area high-school students strode onto that same storied Pasadena gridiron, but their goal had nothing to do with winning Rose Bowl bragging rights. Instead, these young men, led by Loyola High School senior and San Marino resident Brendan Doney, were raising money to benefit kids and teens facing immense life challenges.

Battle of the Bowl 2013

This was the third-consecutive year that 18-year-old Doney helmed this unique fund-raising event dubbed “Battle of the Bowl.” Event proceeds benefit the youngsters, many of whom have endured unimaginable trauma, and families served by Hathaway Sycamores Child and Family Services. A portion of the proceeds also were donated to the Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign.

Todd Doney, Brendan’s father and a longtime supporter of Hathaway-Sycamores, created the flag-football fundraiser in 2004. In 2010, the elder Doney turned over the event’s reins to his son, who not only possesses pigskin expertise, having played four years at Loyola, most recently as varsity quarterback, but who also is a veteran volunteer. This year’s event pit the Swagger (quarterbacked by Brendan Doney) against the Class (quarterbacked by Pacific Palisades’ and Harvard Westlake Quarterback Chad Kanoff, who’s slated to play QB at Vanderbilt). When the final whistle sounded, the Swagger emerged victorious by a score of 52 to 44.

A far more important number is $250,000 which is the total, since its inception, that Battle of the Bowl has raised to help fund the therapeutic and other support services Hathaway-Sycamores provides to more than 9,000 children and families annually. This year, through a combination of fundraising by participating players and the support of corporate sponsors including Worthe Real Estate Group, Nestlé, Wells Fargo, Western Asset Management, and Wetzel’s Pretzels, Brendan Doney was able to present a $25,000 check to Hathaway-Sycamores’ Executive Vice President of Development Rob Myers.

Darryl Dunn, Todd Doney, Brendan Doney and Rob Myers

Darryl Dunn, Todd Doney, Brendan Doney and Rob Myers

In accepting the check, Myers said, “On behalf of everyone at Hathaway-Sycamores, I thank you, Brendan, along with all of the players here today, for this much appreciated donation. The leadership and compassion you’ve shown is truly inspiring and especially meaningful because the money you’ve raised will directly benefit other young people.” As part of the day’s festivities, Doney also presented a $15,000 check to Darryl Dunn, Rose Bowl CEO and General Manager, for the Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign.

Commenting on the 2013 Battle of the Bowl, Brendan Doney observed, “A lot of the kids that Hathaway-Sycamores helps are near the same age as me, and they’ve faced more adversity then I’ll probably ever experience.” Adding, “Part of our school’s motto is ‘men for others,’ and my friends and I have really embraced this. We feel an obligation to help those who are less fortunate and to provide for the community.”

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