In the annual spirit of giving and good-natured charitable competition, The City of Bryan and the City of College Station are set to face off in a fund-raising quest to benefit the local Salvation Army, on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bryan’s Super Wal-Mart, located on Briarcrest Drive. Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski is no newcomer to this contest, having participated as mayor for three years now. He also brings three years’ experience as a mayor pro tem participating in the competition. In an interview on Dec. 3, Mayor Bienski said, “Bryan takes this competition very seriously!”
The annual bell-ringing drive to benefit the Salvation Army, of course, lasts from Thanksgiving throughout the holiday season, but the annual city-to-city quest is just for the one-hour window Saturday morning.
The bragging rights to the victory between the two cities are imporant to Mayor Bienski. He said,
The good citizens of Bryan have always amazed me with their generosity when it comes to supporting and giving to charities in our community. During this Christmas Season, I would invite everyone to please come out to the Bryan Super Walmart this Saturday to donate to the Salvation Army for this years Mayor's Challenge. We will be out there with our first responders, the Bryan City Council and staff, and the Brazos Valley Bombers at 10 a.m. for an hour asking for donations for this year's competition.
This year’s competition is an especially poignant one for Bryan, in the passing of former Bryan Mayor Lonnie Stabler, who passed away Sun., Dec. 1, 2013, and former Bryan Neighborhood and Youth Services Coordinator Ronnie Jackson, a Jefferson Award winner, who lost his battle with cancer in July this past year. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Salvation Army in their memories can also note that on their checks.
Mayor Bienski noted:
If you cannot make it, you can drop off your checks to Bryan City Hall up until Friday afternoon. Regardless of which Mayor collects the most money, the overall winner will be the Salvation Army. Donations have been down in years past, and the need for their assistance has risen, so each donation is even more appreciated this year. I thank the good citizens of Bryan in advance for their continued generosity.
The accompanying slide show shows the organized drive-up and drop-off donations path at Bryan’s Super Wal-Mart that will make it easy for donors to have absolutely no excuses to support this good cause.
Who is going to win this year’s competition? It’s a bit quiet over in College Station right now, so they may have a team plan in action set to unveil. Good luck to both mayor, both cities and may the friendly rivalry result in some tremendous donations to the Salvation Army. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bryan-College Station, even if the air conditioners are running. Ho-ho-help-out-the-Salvation Army-this-year.