Mark Acasio aka Gorilla Rilla is a fun-loving, comical character who is an Ultimate Oakland Raider Fan;
An official Black Hole Mascot who has dressed as a Gorilla not missing any games for 20+ years while traveling state to state! This has also taken him across the country to Europe, where he visited the troops and has had special appearances for the military children & their families. In Germany he
was named the mascot for Team USA American Football Stars & Stripes. Gorilla Rilla has become a
Register Trademark Entertainment Character of the United States Patent.
The primary objective is to spread his love where ever he goes; to create an exciting, fun, safe environment for all people of anyage, gender, race, religion, or geographical region. He is a furry friendly super fan who comes with his own trading card. Gorilla Rilla is committed to the future smiles of all people he touches. His humor & passion is instantly likeable and contagious. Gorilla Rilla is a huge asset to the Raider Nation as hemakes numerous appearances ranging from: Various Charity Fundraisers, Schools, Churches, Birthday Parties, Hospitals, Youth Programs, Sporting Events, Cancer Walks and much more.
Several Appearance Events:
Jerry Lewis MDA Summer Camp
March for Babies walk
Relay for Life
Ronald McDonald House
Kicking off the holidays Ringing of the bell for Salvation Army,Feeding the homeless, and Adopt a Family.
He has made Thanksgiving & Christmas for many families every year when he takes his Santa Rilla into the community donating gifts and turkeys. He has been a sponsor for many organizations like: The Police Activities League, Quest for a Cure, Boys 2 Men Girls 2 Women Youth Outreach Program, Make a Difference Celebrity Golf Tournament, Various Youth Programs, YMCA & many more. He has touched the hearts of countless people. Gorilla Rilla had grown into a football super fan with a loyal fan base, which is growing everyday. He describes his drive to make people happy and smile, his message is to “Follow Your Dreams” Gorilla Rilla was requested to be in a feature segment of “Him Behind the Mask” on USA Network ,requested for a web series on NFL.com, he was also in the (Oct. 2013) “Behind the Make-Up” ESPN magazine. Gorilla Rilla has been in national commercials for NFL Network, ESPN, Comcast Sports, Comcast Spotlight, Coors, Budlight,
Telemundo and many more television networks. During Raider Game Days you can always spot Gorilla Rilla on TV! Gorilla Rilla has been seen on the Raiders & Bud light billboards all over the Bay Area, Now also currently working with Corona.
In addition you will find he has been in numerous newspapers,Sports Illustrated & Alaskan Airlines magazines to name a few, also in John Madden 05 Football Video Game. In 2006 he was on the front page of all Bay Area Newspapers after traveling to see John Madden get inducted in the Hall of Fame. Gorilla Rilla also has been inducted into the Pro Football Ultimate Fan Association (PFUFA) in 2009. Gorilla Rilla has taken his love & passion for the Oakland Raiders into various different communities all over world, he has defiantly put smiles on many faces. Being born on Halloween he always felt dressing up was a part of him. He was born & raised a Raider Fan, strongest of
the jungle. The man you know as Gorilla Rilla from his black & grey top hat, wearing his shiny mirrored glasses on his custom handmade mask in his black furry body outfit with his silver beads around his neck, waving his furry Gorilla hands in the air, pounding on his chest of his jersey that reads “Gorilla Rilla” stomping his big Gorilla feet in the front row of the south end zone “The Black Hole” or on TV.
Gorilla Rilla has had some great memorable experiences like when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sat in the seat next to him for a brief time in The Black Hole, singing with Rock & Roll Legend Eddie Money, being invited to private invitation only dinner to “Welcome Home Art Shell” Having Former Raider Lester Hayes chasing him down at the HOF yelling his name and greeted him with a big bear hug! Somany more exciting stories to share over the years of Gorilla Rilla.
One very special story is getting married to a special women as Gorilla Rilla with Raider Nation apart of our wedding. All dressed in costume. You can also view some of the Raider Wedding on the websites below.
Please feel free to Google “GORILLA RILLA” you can also see him on:
With great honor I would like to take this opportunity to say “THANK YOU”
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