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Oak Harbor chambers’ wager over Super Bowl will benefit charity

A Seahawks fan admires Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley’s attire at a recent 12th man rally at Flyers Restaurant and Brewery in Oak Harbor.   - Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
A Seahawks fan admires Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley’s attire at a recent 12th man rally at Flyers Restaurant and Brewery in Oak Harbor.
— image credit: Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

It’s on.

Oak Harbor now has a couple of friendly wagers going with a suburb of Denver, Colo., on the Super Bowl.

The first bet started between the chambers of commerce for Oak Harbor and Parker, a town about 20 miles from Denver.

The second came Friday when Parker’s mayor, Mike Waid, phoned Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley, to introduce himself and share pleasantries.

“I recommended we have a side wager,” Dudley said. “I encouraged him to come up with something he didn’t mind losing.”

Dudley said he loves the idea of getting behind the Seattle Seahawks as they gear up for Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Dudley is so passionate about the team that he is going to the Super Bowl himself.

“It’s always good to have connections,” he said.

Oak Harbor’s friendly banter with Parker all started in cyberspace.

Jeff Pleet, a financial adviser based in Oak Harbor, was feeling good about the Seahawks’ 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game Sunday night when a Facebook post by his brother-in-law in Colorado fired him up.

A giant Denver Broncos logo posted on his social media account’s wall got Pleet to brainstorm about the two towns and a challenge.

Pleet’s brother-in-law, Dennis Houston, is president of the Chamber of Commerce for Parker, a town of about 46,000. Pleet is on the board with the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Pleet spoke with Oak Harbor chamber director Kathy Reed, and they quickly put into motion a plan, which includes a grand 12th man Seahawks rally, a challenge between the towns and a fundraiser.

Both Oak Harbor and Parker are selling raffle tickets with the combined proceeds going to the town connected to the Super Bowl champion.

It’s all or nothing.

If the Seahawks win, proceeds go to the North Whidbey Help House.

If the Broncos win, the money raised goes to a Parker-area scholarship fund.

“I know it’s a little bit risky,” Reed said, “but that’s the nature of a challenge.”

The chamber is compiling donated prizes that will be awarded to raffle ticket winners at a 12th man rally that will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at Oak Harbor High School’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

Raffle tickets are being sold for $5 or four for $20. Tickets may be purchased the chamber office at  32630 Highway 20.

Reed said that local businesses are donating gift certificates and other items. She expects some Seahawks related items to be included.

Pleet said he’s a converted Seahawks fan since moving to the area from Omaha, Neb., four years ago.

He said Houston is a bit of a converted Broncos fan, having recently moved to Parker from Nebraska for his job.

“He might be a brother-in-law, but he’s a good one,” Pleet said.

At the Seahawks rally on the day before the Super Bowl, letters from the mayors of Oak Harbor and Parker will be read. And prizes will be awarded.

Dudley won’t be there. He’s got bigger plans.

He’s been a Seahawks fan since his childhood days growing up in Olympia and attends many games.

“I bleed blue and green,” he said.

 

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