Twitterbowl 2015 Challenge Raises $27,000 for Seattle Children’s, Christopher’s Haven

Actors Chris Evans, Chris Pratt to visit organizations

The Twitterbowl 2015 football and fundraising challenge, initiated by actors Chris Evans and Chris Pratt, has raised nearly $27,000 for Seattle Children's and Christopher’s Haven since the contest was launched on Jan. 29.

To date, Seattle Children’s has raised nearly $15,000 to support the hospital’s greatest needs. Christopher’s Haven has raised close to $12,000 to serve families undergoing cancer treatment in Boston.

“We are grateful that real-life superheroes Chris Pratt and Chris Evans are turning their sports rivalry into an opportunity to support kids in their communities,” said Lisa Brandenburg, president of Seattle Children’s Hospital. “We are delighted that patients and families at both Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven will benefit from these generous donations.”

The contest was launched after Pratt challenged Evans to a bet via Twitter. If Pratt’s team – the Seattle Seahawks – won the Super Bowl, Evans would visit Seattle Children’s dressed as his movie character – Captain America – carrying the 12th Man flag. If Evan’s team – the New England Patriots – won, Pratt would visit Christopher’s Haven in Boston dressed as his movie character – Star-Lord – wearing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s jersey. Even though the Patriots won on Sunday, Evans agreed to visit Seattle Children’s patients anyway. The fundraising contest will continue until after both visits.

“The generosity of Chris Evans and Chris Pratt is overwhelming,” said Joyce Duvall, executive director of Christopher’s Haven. “They turned a simple, friendly wager into something very significant for both Christopher's Haven and Seattle Children's Hospital. The fun and goodwill that they have generated will stay with the children a long time.”

Donors can continue to support Seattle Children's and Christopher's Haven through their respective fundraising websites or by texting TEAMPRATT (for Seattle Children's) to 501501.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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