Las Vegas Bowl luncheon celebrates history and community pride

LAS VEGAS, Nevada ( KMVT / KSVT ) While the Boise State Broncos are focusing on Saturday's bowl game against the Oregon Ducks, they have a busy schedule on Friday.

Just about 24 hours before the game, the Las Vegas Bowl will host the annual kickoff luncheon at the Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel.

The kickoff luncheon featured a dramatic display of sound, flash and compassion at the Hard Rock Hotel, a trio that embodies the spirit of Las Vegas.

Both of the universities' marching bands performed in front of approximately 800 guests.

Attendees watched highlights of the week's activities including giving shoes to children in need.

ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath conducted a Q and A with the teams, but possibly the biggest thing that stood out from the luncheon, paying respects to the victims who died in the Las Vegas shooting massacre.

Off-duty policeman Charleston Hartfield coached high school football in Vegas and the crowd took time to pay respects to his family.

Host Chet Buchanan said, "the power of football showed the power that has to bring everybody together. once again we'd like to recognize another Las Vegas champion, Coronado High's Ayzayah Hartfield.

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