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National Funding Holiday Bowl kicks off December 27th at Qualcomm Stadium

SAN DIEGO – For the second straight year, local company National Funding will be the title sponsor of the 2016 Holiday Bowl, San Diegonf-holiday-bowl-logo Bowl Game Association President Ted Tollner announced today.  The game will be called the National Funding Holiday Bowl.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, though it was revealed to be for the 2016 bowl game only.

Founded in 1999 by Dave Gilbert, National Funding is a San Diego-based financial technology company serving small to medium-sized businesses nationwide.

“We’re so grateful to Dave Gilbert and National Funding for stepping up to serve as the Holiday Bowl’s title sponsor for the second straight year,” said Tollner.  “We’re in the business of annually staging a championship caliber football game that provides the San Diego region with a considerable economic benefit and we’re proud that our nonprofit effort merits their continued partnership.  It’s going to be a great year for the National Funding Holiday Bowl!”

“I am very excited to continue our sponsorship of the Holiday Bowl in 2016,” adds Gilbert, CEO of National Funding.  “We had a wonderful experience with our involvement last year, and the reaction was very positive from partners, customers and employees.  So when the opportunity to be title sponsor arose again, it was an easy decision for us.”

The 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl kicks off Tuesday, December 27th at 4:00 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium and will feature a match-up of top teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences. New this year, the game will be preceded by the ultimate fan experience, the National Funding FanZone, complete with a craft beer garden, local food trucks, a sports lounge to watch ESPN prior to kickoff, and interactive football activities for the whole family.

The mission of the nonprofit National Funding Holiday Bowl is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation’s most exciting and entertaining bowl game and festival of events.  Since its inception in 1978, the organization has generated $730 million in economic benefit for the San Diego region.

About National Funding

National Funding is a pioneer in alternative lending, with nearly 20 years of success helping small business owners.  With over $1.5 billion in capital deployed, the company empowers business owners nationwide across hundreds of industries to grow through tailor-made lending solutions. Recognized as one of the nation’s top ten alternative lenders, National Funding has earned industry accolades from INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies and the San Diego Business Journal’s 100 Fastest Growing Privately Held companies. For more information, visit

Tickets for the National Funding Holiday Bowl are on sale and can be purchased at or through Ticketmaster.  Tickets prices to the 2016 game increase by $20 on November 1.