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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Buffalo Mayor Brown and Kansas City Mayor Lucas Place Game Wager to Benefit Frontline Workers

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that he has agreed to a friendly wager with Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton D. Lucas ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs. Both Mayors have mutually agreed that the Mayor of the defeated team will send food from select small businesses to be distributed to essential workers as a token of appreciation for their hard work. The friendly wager is also meant to encourage residents and visitors to support local small businesses, the lifeblood of the economies of both cities.

Mayor Brown stated, “When our beloved Buffalo Bills bring home yet another victory this Sunday, I plan to give our delicious wager winnings to the Soldiers, Airmen and civilian support staff from the New York Army National Guard who have administered more than 80,000 COVID-19 tests to Western New Yorkers since April at the Perry Street drive-thru testing site in Downtown Buffalo. These men and women have served our residents with distinction every single day since the beginning of this emergency to operate one of the most critical components in our fight against this pandemic. On behalf of the City of Buffalo, I thank them for all that they have done for our community during its greatest time of need. Let’s Go Buffalo!”

Mayor Brown also thanked the frontline men and women from the 105th Military Police Company, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and 107th Attack Wing of the NYARNG stationed at this site for their commitment to ensuring that testing was always available for essential City workers throughout this public health crisis.

“We look forward to Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, and to keeping the Lamar Hunt Trophy where it belongs—Kansas City,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas. “After the Kansas City Chiefs clinch the AFC Championship once again, Mayor Brown has generously offered to send famous wings from Manna @ Northland and Doc Sullivan’s to our healthcare workers and frst responders at Swope Health to thank them for the critical work they're doing for our community. In return, Kansas City looks forward to sharing our world-famous Gates Bar-B-Q, wings from Taps on Main, some great Made in Kansas City memorabilia, and 100 Charlie Hustle Kansas City-branded face masks to the NY National Guard members stationed at Coronavirus testing sites in the City of Buffalo. We appreciate their service to our country and the good people of Western New York, and know that every test brings us another step closer to beating COVID-19. Let’s go, Chiefs!”

Mayor Brown is wagering some of Buffalo’s world-famous wings! Manna @ Northland will provide its delicious “Mango Bam Bam Wings”. Manna @ Northland is located at 683 Northland Avenue on the City’s East Side. Doc Sullivan’s will provide its famed “Smitty Wings” and “Beef on Weck Wings”. Doc Sullivan’s is located at 474 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Kansas City Mayor Lucas is wagering Kansas City Monarch memorabilia from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; Made in KC snacks and Chiefs gear, 100 heart KC masks, and 100 neck gaiters from Charlie Hustle, Food from Gate’s BBQ and wings from Taps on Main.

The Buffalo Bills play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 24th with kick-off at 6:40pm.

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