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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

January 29, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Seattle-area Boys & Girls clubs challenge Boston clubs to fundraising contest

“DON’T LET OUR CLUB KIDS WEAR PATRIOTS COLORS!” says the headline on a website set up by the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

The clubs have challenged their Boston-area counterparts to a fundraising challenge called “Boys & Girls Clubs Bowl II.”

The organizations are trying to raise $49,000 apiece (since the Seattle-New England game is Super Bowl XLIX).

The fundraising “game” has started and continues through noon, Tuesday.

To make a donation and for more information, go to www.gofundme.com/BGCBowlSeattle2015.

More than money is on the line in this competition. If the Boston-area clubs win, kids and staff in the Seattle-area clubs must wear New England Patriots team colors for a day.

And if the Greater Seattle clubs win, Boston club kids and staff must wear Seahawks colors.

Last year, the Seattle-area Boys & Girls Clubs presented the same Super Bowl-weekend challenge to their Denver counterparts. While the Seahawks won in a rout, the local clubs lost in a close contest.

“Although Denver prevailed, our kids were the overall winners since the competition helped raise more than $25,000 for the youth of our community who need us most,” Calvin Lyons, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, said in a prepared statement.

“While Boston is a worthy opponent, we know that the Twelves will rally for a Seattle victory both for club kids and for the Seahawks.”

In King County, the money raised from this fundraising challenge will help provide programs for the 17,000 youth who rely on their Boys & Girls Club every day. There are 12 clubs, two teen centers and 27 child-care and early-learning sites.

Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, computer training and sports/fitness/recreation opportunities.

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