Madison and Eugene Put Their Money Where Their Needs Are

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 6:20am

Rose Bowl Wager to Help Habitat for Humanity

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Eugene, Oregon Mayor Kitty Piercy have a friendly wager on the outcome of the upcoming Rose Bowl between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Oregon Ducks.

"We wanted to develop a wager that could benefit our entire community and particularly those most in need," said Soglin. "Mayor Piercy and I have agreed to provide $500 to be used for tools for Habitat for Humanity organizations in either Madison or Eugene. Each of us will raise the money privately and no city funds are involved. This is a great program and we both want to support it."

Homelessness is a growing problem across the country. US Conference of Mayors CEO Tom Cochran said, "Every year, the Conference of Mayors conducts a survey on the status of hunger and homelessness in America's cities to bring national attention to the issue of families needing emergency services in communities all across the country. Our goal is to help direct resources to where they are needed as local governments struggle with lower tax bases and dwindling budgets."

"The need for a day shelter for the homeless in Madison is indicative of the growing problem," said Mayor Soglin. "Shelters fill quickly in the cold Wisconsin winters. A number of homeless individuals and families also come to Madison because of the city's reputation for providing services."

Mayor Piercy said, "Eugene is seeing homelessness front and center as the economy continues to struggle. We want to use all the "tools" at our disposal to provide shelter and homes. Habitat for Humanity continues to do its part and for that, we are grateful."

Soglin said, "I am looking forward to our local workers benefiting from new tools because I truly expect our Badgers to win!"

Piercy replied, "In your dreams Mayor Soglin, but seriously, whoever benefits from this wager serves those in need in our country and that's what it's all about."

The Badgers and the Ducks kick off the 2012 Rose Bowl on January 2nd at 4:00 pm local time.


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