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Hula Bowl Welcomes Army Veteran to Leadership, Will Donate $5,000 to Military Charities at 2021 All-Star Game

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Aug. 24, 2020 - In celebration of the service of all U.S. military members and veterans, the Hula Bowl today announced that Dr. Patrick O’Farrell, U.S.

Army Aviation Programs Acquisition Officer, has officially joined Hula Bowl leadership. This partnership is integral to the Hula Bowl’s ongoing mission to support the Armed Forces and create connections with military members and veterans through upcoming charitable games and events.

Established in 1946 as the premier post-season college football all-star game in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Hula Bowl honors the brave men and women who have or are currently serving our nation. In 2021, Lt. Col. (Ret.) O’Farrell will oversee charitable contributions at the Hula Bowl where $5,000 will be donated to military charities.

“It’s an absolute honor to be part of what the Hula Bowl is doing for the military community and seeking to honor all that they do for our country, especially during these turbulent times of sacrifice amid a global pandemic,” said Col. O’Farrell.

Throughout his distinguished career as an Army Officer and federal employee, Col. O’Farrell has received the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Award, Superior Civilian Service Medal, and the Commander’s Civilian Service Award.

A West Point graduate and career Army officer, he deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom and received the Bronze Star. He also deployed to Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy and was a Rifle Company Commander stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He has also held unlimited dollar threshold warrants as a contracting officer for the U.S. Army Forces Command; U.S. Central Command; U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command; U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command; Air Combat Command; and Operations Support Command in Air Combat Command.

“We are thrilled for this opportunity to pay tribute to all military members and veterans in this way at the upcoming Hula Bowl,” said Rich Miano, Executive Director of the Hula Bowl. “Although we can never thank these men and women enough for their sacrifice, we know that seeing their service supported at the game will make for an unforgettable event.”

Additionally, the Hula Bowl plans to provide all military members and veterans with two free tickets to the game, depending on whether the state of Hawaii deems in-person attendance safe in 2021.

About the Hula Bowl

A post-season college football all-star game founded in 1946, the Hula Bowl attracted nearly 5,000 attendees at its revival game on Jan. 26, 2020, with more than 40 players drafted or invited to NFL training camps. Following this strongly supported return, the game will be featured in January each year on Oahu’s island. This year, the game will again be broadcast live nationally and will include NCAA college football players from all divisions and international players from Japan, Canada, and Australia. Additionally, the game will include Polynesian players with historical ties to the Islands.

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