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February 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Denver Boys & Girls Clubs edge Seattle in fundraising bowl

In honor of the Denver Boys & Girls Clubs that bested them in a fundraising competition, Boys & Girls Club members from Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood wore orange for a day. (Boys & Girls Club photo)

In honor of the Denver Boys & Girls Club that bested them in a fundraising competition, Boys & Girls Club members from Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood wore orange for a day. (Boys & Girls Club photo)

Despite losing to Denver, the King County (Seattle) Boys & Girls Clubs are celebrating a friendly fundraising competition that netted nearly $53,000 during a one-week period that included the Super Bowl.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver raised $28,584 to Seattle’s $24,066 in an online fundraising challenge ­– the first-ever Boys & Girls Clubs Bowl ­ ­–  inspired by their cities’ appearances in the Super Bowl.
The terms of the competition were that the staff and kids of the losing organization are to wear the colors of the opposing team for a day.
Last week, kids at the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club in Seattle made good on the challenge and sent the Denver organization a congratulations banner they had made. Club Director Meghan Sweet saw this as an opportunity to promote good sportsmanship.
“We focus on building character in our members and that means learning that every good game is followed by a genuine handshake,” Sweet said in a statement. “Being a good sport, even in the face of defeat, is an important lesson we can teach at the club.”
Although the challenge officially ended last week, the community can continue to donate to the campaign.

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