As ‘fans in the stands’ gather, the competing college football teams get ready for kick-off and the full-field flag unfurls in FAU Stadium on Tuesday, December 22 for the ESPN nationally televised 2015 Marmot Boca Raton Bowl, 22-year-old Boca native resident and senior at Lynn University Kendra Erika will perform the national anthem. Erika is a classically trained artist who is proficient in all genres – from Jazz and Broadway to Pop – with a vast repertoire of cover songs that appeal to a variety of audiences. Also a singer/songwriter, she has recorded original songs with a variety of producers in Miami, Nashville, and New York. She debuted a new single in October and has another written and ready for production for debut in early 2016.
Erika was recognized in 2014 as ‘Boca’s Most Fascinating Singer’ by the Sun Sentinel and ‘Star on the Horizon’ by Boca Magazine. As a teen while a student at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Erika was a first place winner for two years in the Future Stars Talent Competition and a finalist in ‘Boca’s Entertainer of the Year’. In recognition of her leadership and passion for community missions, Erika was a candidate for 2015 Woman of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Kendra Erika has performed at venues all over South Florida for the past 10 years, including Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca West Country Club, Revolution Live, Chops Lobster Bar, Vino Wine Bar, Il Bacio Restaurant, Caruso’s Restaurant and Renzo’s of Boca Raton. To support Boca’s nonprofits, she has donated her time and talent at fundraising events such as the 2015 Mayors Ball presented by the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton, PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Promote Education & Leadership), Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Boys & Girls Club, Alzheimers Association and Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities.
“We are pleased to have such a talented and impassioned resident representative of Boca Raton to perform at our 2105 bowl game,” reported Doug Mosley, executive director of the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. “When we heard Kendra’s talent open this year’s Boca Raton Mayors Ball, we knew immediately we wanted her to open this year’s Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. The fact that Kendra was born and grew up in the bowl’s home city, only made our choice an even more sound one.”
Dubbed ‘Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party℠’, the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl is the newest Boca holiday-timed tradition as a nationally televised spotlight shines brightly on Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. The postseason college football bowl game annually matches up the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Conference USA and American Athletic Conference (AAC); this year’s game features the MAC versus the AAC.
The postseason collegiate football bowl game first ‘touched down’ in 2014 and aired live on ESPN throughout the U.S. as well as international affiliates in South America, the Caribbean, Australia and Europe. The game received a 1.5 U.S. household rating, generating more than 2.5 million viewers who saw promotional commercials on both Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission conservatively estimated the event resulted in a direct local economic impact of over $4 million, generated more than 4,000 hotel room rentals in Palm Beach County with more than 8,000 out-of-state visitors. Each year, the bowl will bring about 500 student-athletes, coaches, administrators and support staff to visit Boca Raton and draw thousands of alumni and fans from the two participating schools.
Mosley continued to share that the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl — one of 42 bowl games and the only one in Palm Beach County – will feature “all the traditional pomp and circumstance that makes this a genuinely fun, entertaining experience for both college football fans and non-fans alike.”