The Water Street Tavern in Kent is giving students a fun and easy way to get to Mobile, Ala. -- with the help of a famous friend.
Comedian and Kent State University graduate John Caparulo has donated money to offset the price of the trip for students to see the KSU Golden Flashes play in their first bowl game in 40 years. KSU will face Arkansas State in the Go Daddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 6.
For $255, students will be taken to New Orleans for a Saturday night on the town, and then to Mobile to watch the game. The cost includes transportation, hotels, a game ticket and a commemorative T-shirt as well as some surprises. Complete details can be found at WaterStreetTavern.com/CapBus.
"I had a great time at Kent State and would have loved to see Kent State play in a bowl game," Caparulo said. "Back then, we were just happy to beat Akron! But I remember not having much money as a student, and that's when gas was only a dollar. So I'm happy to help anyone who wants to go to the game be able to make the trip. Go Flashes!!"
Water Street Tavern owner Mike Beder, a 2000 graduate of KSU, said he was thrilled to hear of Caparulo's interest in helping. "John's been a good friend to the bar and Kent State for a long time now," Beder said. "The money he donated made a huge dent in the cost of the bus trip. John really looks back at his time at Kent State fondly and loved the idea of giving students the opportunity to experience the first Kent State bowl game in four decades."
The Water Street Tavern is the Official Post Game Party Headquarters of KSU Athletics as well as its Official Watch Party location. On Jan. 6, the watch party will begin at 6 p.m. with the game starting at 9 p.m.
For those interested in following the exploits of the bowl game bus travelers, they will be using the Twitter hashtag #CapBus.
Caparulo, who got his start as a stand-up comedian working clubs in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, is best known for his appearances on the late night E! talk show, Chelsea Lately.
Caparulo will be featured on the Chelsea Lately roundtable on shows airing on Jan. 7 and Jan. 21.
For more information on Caparulo, including tour dates, visit www.JohnCaparulo.com.