The winnings are in: Governors Baker, Hassan, and Inslee deliver on Super Bowl bets

A Super Bowl loss became a big win for two Washington nonprofits this week. The winnings of Gov. Inslee’s Super Bowl wager with New England governors Charlie Baker (R-MA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) arrived this week. The governors agreed to donate to area food banks win or lose.

New Hampshire sent 20 lbs of bacon to Mary’s Place, a women’s shelter in Seattle, and Massachusetts sent five dozen Boston Cream Pie cupcakes to the Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen in Spokane. Washington also held up its end of the wager – Ivar’s Restaurants donated 1,000 cups of clam chowder to the New Hampshire Food Bank and Boston Rescue Mission.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate after this year’s Super Bowl,” Inslee said. “It was a painful loss, but we congratulate the Patriots and continue to support our Seahawks. These donations celebrate the tremendous spirit of our communities and bring smiles to 12s in Washington.”

“Going into the big game, we knew it was going to be a colossal East vs West Coast matchup,” said Bob Donegan, president of Ivar’s. “With the loss of our Seahawks comes something clamtastic – the ability for us to provide our world-famous clam chowder to those in need, especially during this exceptionally cold winter in New England.”

“What a delicious treat for our women, children and families! We are so grateful to be chosen to receive this generous gift. Thank you to Governors Inslee and Hassan for caring about homeless women and children!” said Marty Hartman, Executive Director of Mary’s Place.

“The diners we serve don’t typically experience something as special as Boston cream pie cupcakes,” Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen’s Executive Director Lisa Diffley said. “We’re very grateful to have been selected and our guests will certainly enjoy this treat.”

Contact: Jaime Smith, Governor Inslee’s Communications Office | 360.902.4136
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We love our Angels in Blue!

The other day we got this touching email from a police officer:

Hello, hope you can help. On Saturday night I drove a woman and her two daughters and son to Mary’s Place. They had been kicked out of the place they were staying and were literally homeless with no money. The staff at Mary’s Place was absolutely amazing – pleasant, helpful and courteous and that was just with me. With the woman and her children, the staff were simply Godsends – they came out and welcomed her and her kids, helped them carry bags and were warm and caring from the first second. I was truly impressed with what you have going there. In my line of work as a police officer, I hate to admit that I’m a little jaded and rarely feel “sorry” for people anymore, but I felt bad for this woman and those kids.

Anyway, before I get too far off track, I hit it off with Michael, her son, and I told him when I dropped them off that I would get him some handcuffs since he played with mine during the time I was with them. The woman also said that her kids love ihop, so I want to give them a gift certificate for $50 so that she can take the kids to ihop.

This set of days off has been a nightmare with my own school and overtime assignments, but I plan to get to ihop and Party City on next week to pick this stuff up. Can you let them know I’ll be there on Tuesday?

This family has moved to Alaska where the mother has family members they are living with while she gets back on her feet. We love our Angels in Blue!