The idea of the AutoNation Cure Bowl started over a decade ago between a group of business leaders and philanthropists who wanted to bring a new college football post-season bowl game to Orlando while making it different by tying it directly to a charitable cause.
Among those initial supporters were the founding Board of Director members and Advisory Board members : Dave Almstead, Megan Dowdy, Alan Fidelo, Mike Foristall, Alan Gooch, Joe Hornstein, Jeff Lagos, George Lamelza, Joe Mckinney, Mack Mclaughlin, Alan Morrison, and Scott Rose.
As this idea was forming, Laura Goldstein – a strong, early advocate of the game – was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. This unfortunate event inspired the initial Board of Directors to choose breast cancer research toward finding a cure as its charitable funding focus.
Board members knew that each college bowl game donates to a charity. However, most fans are unaware of which charitable causes are being supported. To separate this bowl from the rest, they wanted to give the public the chance to support the game as well as a significant cause. To do this, it was decided the cause would permanently be incorporated into the game title and the Cure Bowl was born.
Unfortunately, Laura Goldstein will not be able to experience the bowl game that she helped inspire. She lost her long and hard-fought battle with breast cancer on April 20, 2011. Another devastating loss hit close to home when on March 24, 2015, OSF Board CFO Sandi Breitenstein passed away from stage IV liver cancer. Laura, Sandi and others who will lose their battle against cancer today, tomorrow, and the days to come continue to motivate OSF to make the AutoNation Cure Bowl a success.