Chick-fil-A Bowl Inducts Two into Inaugural Volunteer Hall of Fame
ATLANTA – The Chick-fil-A Bowl’s new Volunteer Hall of Fame will welcome its first members this year as two volunteers with a combined service of 84 years will be honored.
Albert Tarica, who has volunteered for the Bowl since 1969, and Dr. Ellis Mills, with a total of 41 years of service will be recognized as inaugural inductees in 2012.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl has long been known as the preeminent hospitality bowl in the country due in large part to an extremely dedicated group of volunteers. The Bowl currently enjoys the service of 567 volunteers, many of whom have served with the Bowl for more than 20 years. The Chick-fil-A Bowl Volunteer Hall of Fame has been created to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions of its volunteer force in a meaningful way.
Tarica and Mills will be honored in an on-field ceremony prior to the 45th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgia Dome where No. 8 LSU will face No. 14 Clemson.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of any bowl game – especially ours, and especially with these two special men” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “Albert and Ellis have been here from the beginning, giving selflessly of their time around the holidays year after year. They make our game what it is. They are part of our family and this honor could not be more well-deserved by anyone. It is our privilege to recognize them both in this very small, but meaningful, way.”
Tarica has been a dedicated Chick-fil-A Bowl volunteer since 1969. He began his time with the Bowl as an assistant chairman for the Parade and Game Management Committees. Soon after, he was named Chairman of both committees. Albert also served as Chairman of the Festival Division, Finance, Audit and Charitable Giving committees as well as co-chair of the More Than a Game Committee. In 1995, he began a two-year stint as Chairman of the Chick-fil-A Bowl and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, is chair of the Audit Committee and serves on the Team Marketing and Selection committee.
In his 42nd year of volunteering, Mills has worked extensively with the university bands. In 1968 and 1969, he hosted the two team bands as they practiced at Atlanta’s Decatur High School. In 1973, Mills became Band Chairman and coordinated all band logistics as well as halftime and pre-game performances. Mills was also named Festival Division Chairman and appointed to the Executive Committee in 1996. Ellis currently serves as a member of the Chick-fil-A Bowl Board of Directors.