These bowls could be stripped of their tax-exempt status, which could spell their demise. That may sound just dandy to playoff proponents, but it would be a cruel blow to the thousands of volunteers who give countless hours to the bowls, for all the right reasons.
Sherry Henry started at the Fiesta Bowl as a volunteer in 1973. By the '90s, she said last week, she'd worked her way up to chairperson. "I spent 30 to 40 hours a week working for the Fiesta Bowl"—on top of her full-time job. "It makes me sad," she said of the allegations surrounding the bowl, "to think that anything could happen to tarnish it. But this is an extraordinary organization made up of extraordinary people, and it will survive." There was a catch in her voice. After a pause, she continued, "We'll just ... polish the tarnish."
It's going to be a big job.
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