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CB2019 CelebrationOfService

The Annual “A Celebration of Service” will engage the Greek Letter organizations termed as “The Divine Nine” in a showcase of the service they provide in communities around the country and the world. “A Celebration of Service” will culminate in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium during the ESPN owned Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, beginning at 12 noon, and televised nationally on ABC. Rank and file members of each organization will be asked to converge on Atlanta as a show of togetherness in a spirit of celebrating service.


The Divine 9 in conjunction with the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl will lead a food collection drive during the Celebration Bowl. Fans will be encouraged to bring canned goods to the game which will be collected at various entry points of Mercedes Benz Stadium. The food will be donated to Hosea Helps (formerly Hosea Feed the Hungry), one of the nations largest comprehensive human services and international aid organizations. Hosea Helps is based in Atlanta and was founded in 1971 by Civil Rights icon, Reverend Hosea L.Williams (a distinguished member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity).  Upon the passing of her father, Elisabeth Omilami (a member of Zeta Phi Beta) and her husband, veteran actor Afemo Omilami took over the organization in 2000 making it a year-round organization with a multi-million dollar operating budget.  The donations will be gladly accepted just in time for the holidays in the name of The Divine 9 in conjunction with the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.


Event: Celebration Bowl / Celebration of Service
Location: Mercedes Benz Stadium
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Time: Beginning at: 10:30am Doors Open
Food Collections Points: Gate1, Gate 2, GWCC International Plaza
Ultimate HBCU Greek Homecoming Tailgate: GWCC International Plaza opens at 8:00 am



1. Communicate to all Chapter Members the importance and impact of the Annual Celebration of Service Presented by Wells-Fargo
2. Engage members to be involved in the food drive and tell their friends
3. Encourage members to attend the Celebration Bowl
4. Each chapter of the Divine Nine is encouraged to bring young people from your service and scholarship programs to the game dressed in the colors of their fraternity or sorority sponsors (minimum of twenty (20 ticket) Special seating and ticket prices ($17.25/ticket fees are included) have been arranged. A designated seating area for them has been identified
5. Tickets are available for sale on today September 9, 2019
6. Orders can be place by calling or emailing Shawanda Holsey at: shawanda.holsey@espn.com (404) 799-­4929 (Please identify which sorority or fraternity. Payment must be made prior to ticket distribution)



1. Ultimate HBCU Greek Homecoming Tailgate: Chance for Greek organizations to tailgate together prior to the game in the GWCC International Plaza
2. Opportunity to purchase group tickets to sit together: (minimum of 20/order) contact: Shawanda Holsey at shawanda.holsey@espn.com or by phone at (404) 799-­‐4929
3. Access to the Delta Sky Club, Mercedes Benz Club, SunTrust Lounge (Food and drink included in ticket price) AMG Lounge (Food and Drink included in ticket price) *Note: Food service in SunTrust and AMG Lounge ends after 1st quarter.
4. Visit: https://www.thecelebrationbowl.com/tickets/individual-tickets/ for individual tickets (less than 20/order) and information.


Host Hotels

The Celebration Bowl has partnered with the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau to provide discounted hotel accommodations near Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Teams and Fans – Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

From $145/night – BOOK HERE

MEAC Band and Fans – Atlanta Marriott Marquis

From $115/night – BOOK HERE

SWAC Band and Fans – Hilton Atlanta

From $97/night – BOOK HERE

Additional Fans – Holiday Inn Express Atlanta

From $105/night – BOOK HERE

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Key Information for member distribution:

Each organization is encouraged to host one of its National Programs in Atlanta on Friday, December 20, 2019. This effort will provide critical content of the actual programs in progress.


Dates of Arrival

The Celebration Bowl week is scheduled from Wednesday, December 18, 2019 through Saturday, December 21, 2019. Official Bowl schedule of events include:


Team Welcome Dinner (Invitation Only)

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Georgia Aquarium


NFL Careers in Football (Teams Only)

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019

Time; 7:00am – 9:30am

Location: Omni Hotel


Champions Circle Event (Invitation Only)

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019

Time: 6pm – 8:15pm

Location: College Football Hall of Fame


NFL Careers in Football (HBCUI Students)

Date: Friday, December 20,2019

Time: 12 noon – 5:30pm (Reception to follow)

Location: Omni Hotel


Fan Experience / Tailgating

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Time: 8am – 2pm

Location: Mercedes Benz Stadium Home Deport Back Yard


Celebration of Service Food Collection Presented by Wells-Fargo

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Location Mercedes Benz Stadium

Time: Prior to gates open at 10:30am


Celebration Bowl

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Time: 12:00 noon – 3:30pm

Location: Mercedes Benz Stadium


Local National PanHellenic Chapters are planning events for sorority and fraternity members while in Atlanta.


Game Suites

Game Suites have been set aside for purchase at the following rates: Food and beverage ordered separately.

Sixteen (16) tickets:  $3,800.00

Twenty-Two (22) tickets: $5,100.00

Twenty Five (25) tickets: $5,750.00