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Denver Foundation, Seattle Foundation vie in 'First and Give" challenge

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As the Denver Broncos battle the Seattle Seahawks February 2, a different competition is being staged by nonprofits in their home cities. The Denver Foundation and the Seattle Foundation are calling it the “First & Give Charitable Championship.”

In Denver, the Denver Foundation is “united in orange to fight childhood hunger.” Donations will go to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

Across the country, 15.9 million children under the age of 18 live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food, according to the United States Department of Agriculture and the nonprofit Feeding America.

The Food Bank of the Rockies estimates that 160,000 children in Colorado struggle with hunger. Nearly half of the food it distributes goes to children.

In Seattle, donations go to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

A few of these children will be at Super Bowl 48, courtesy of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, a suite owner. The tickets were donated before the Seahawks even made the Playoffs, a release by the Seattle Foundation said.

Norman B. Rice, the president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation, was actually born and raised in Denver. He has been a Seahawks fan since the team launched in 1976, the release said. “This is a victory for both of our cities,” Rice said. He was sure the generosity of Seattle fans would prevail.

“We’re united in orange, and we’re united in big giving,” said David Miller, president and CEO of the Denver Foundation. “The Metro Denver community can turn our team spirit into generosity. It’s time to ride!”

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