Seattle (January 8, 2020) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and
Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich made a friendly wager ahead of this Sunday’s
playoff contest between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. The wager
is inspired by Mayor Genrich’s “Win-Win Playoff Challenge,” which encourages
both playoff communities to give back through service to highlight a community
organization and effort.
Mayor Durkan and Mayor
Genrich are partnering with community
organizations as part of the “win-win challenge” issue. Following the outcome
of the January 12 game, City of Green Bay and Community Foundation employees
will volunteer at Paul’s Pantry. As part of the upcoming MLK Weekend of
Service, volunteers from the Mayor’s Office, CityYear, Seattle Foundation, and
other community and corporate partners will join together to volunteer at
Concord Elementary in South Park. In the spirit of friendly competition, both
cities will wear the winning team’s colors.
To celebrate our cities’ shared ties,
Mayor Durkan and Mayor Genrich also agreed to wager three things Seattle and
Green Bay know well: Beer, cheese, and coffee. If the Packers win on Sunday,
Mayor Durkan will send Mayor Genrich two growlers from Seattle’s unparalleled
Georgetown Brewing, a selection of cheese from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and
two bags of fresh coffee beans from Café Avole. When the Seahawks win, Mayor
Genrich will send Mayor Durkan beer from Stillmank Brewing, cheese curds from
Ron’s Wisconsin Cheese, and coffee from La Java Roasting House.
“Our Seahawks are the best team in the
NFL, and with Beast Mode back, there’s no way we can be stopped,” said Mayor
Durkan. “I hope Mayor Genrich and the Packers are ready to face the music when
Russell Wilson (a former Wisconsin Badger) and our Hawks score a touchdown at
Lambeau Field – remember this?
A huge thank you to our friends at CityYear, Seattle Foundation, Georgetown
Brewing, Beecher’s, and Café Avole for joining in on the fun.”
“Throughout the playoffs,
we’ll issue Win-Win Playoff Challenges to the opposing communities, all
the way to the Super Bowl,” said Mayor Genrich. “No pressure, Packers, but we
want to see Green Bay’s generous spirit and our favorite colors displayed
across the country this post-season!”
“We are proud to join with
our partners in Green Bay in the spirit of community service,” shared Tony
Mestres, President & CEO of Seattle Foundation. “This friendly wager is a
fantastic way to highlight the critical work of nonprofits in both Seattle and
Green Bay. Go Hawks!
Mayor Genrich and Dennis
Buehler, President of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, created this
fresh take on traditional challenges. Their aim was to leverage the NFL’s
influence to highlight local needs and efforts. Each playoff city will benefit
by bringing attention to community concerns and garnering volunteer time and
talent, making it a “win-win” for everyone.
The Seahawks-Packers divisional match-up will take place this Sunday, January 12, at 3:40 p.m. PST in Green Bay.