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PennFuture beats Clean Wisconsin in Enviro Bowl 2011

February 7, 2011

Worldwide Steeler Nation weighs in for the honor of the Black and Gold

(Pittsburgh, PA - February 7, 2011) – Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) announced today that it had “creamed the Cheeseheads,” soundly beating Clean Wisconsin (www.cleanwisconsin.org) in Enviro Bowl 2011, a competition to see which environmental organization could raise more money online before the start of the Super Bowl. The final score of money raised was PennFuture – $7226, Clean Wisconsin – $4530.

“This victory belongs to Steeler Nation everywhere,” said Jan Jarrett, PennFuture’s president and CEO. “We put out the call and the Black and Gold responded – big time. We got the first points on the board and never lost our lead, even though Clean Wisconsin came back hard in the second half.

“The word spread throughout Steeler Nation, with supporters tweeting and retweeting, liking our Facebook pages, and emailing their friends and family,” said Jarrett. “Everyone got in on the game. Pittsburgh City Council even declared the week of January 31 – February 6, 2011 PennFuture Week in the City of Pittsburgh, and urged Steeler fans worldwide to donate to PennFuture to win Enviro Bowl 2011.”

Once the Enviro Bowl 2011 final whistle blew on Sunday at Noon CDT, Clean Wisconsin changed its Facebook page to Black and Gold for the Super Bowl game itself. And Clean Wisconsin’s Executive Director, Mark Redsten, in his Steeler Nation alter ego,taped a video to PennFuture’s supporters, thanking them for supporting PennFuture and bringing home the EnviroBowl 2011 Championship.

“We want to thank Clean Wisconsin for creating this competition and inviting us to participate,” said Jarrett. “It was great idea, raised loads of money for protecting the environment and economy in both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and allowed both organizations to have fun and relate to our supporters in an entirely new and different way.

“Unfortunately, our Steelers were unable to prevail in the big game,” said Jarrett. “But we hope Green Bay realizes that the Lombardi trophy is just visiting Green Bay, since it has been in Pittsburgh far more often. We know our friends at Clean Wisconsin and Green Bay now enjoy their fourth Super Bowl ring – our Steelers’ six rings will have to wait for a seventh until next year.”

PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization that advances policies to protect and improve the state’s environment and economy. PennFuture has experts and attorneys, outreach workers and communicators, lobbyists and educators, all working with local groups and citizens across the state to adopt and enforce great public policy.


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