Mayor Rawlings-Blake to Host San Francisco Mayor to Make Good on Super Bowl Bet


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Monday, April 22, 2013


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Mayor Rawlings-Blake to Host San Francisco Mayor to Make Good on Super Bowl Bet

BALTIMORE, MD. (APRIL 22, 2013) – On Friday, April 26, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will welcome Mayor Edwin M. Lee of San Francisco to fulfill the friendly wager made prior to Super Bowl XLVII. As part of the traditional Super Bowl bet, the mayors wagered a day of service in their opponent’s city. Mayor Lee is traveling to Baltimore to help revitalize vacant lots, renovate a police station, and read to 3rd grade children at an area school.

Mayors Rawlings-Blake and Lee will begin their day at 10:00 a.m. with a tour of Faidley Seafood in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market. Lexington Market has been operating continuously for 231 years. Mayor Lee will learn how to make Faidley’s world-famous crab cake sandwiches, as well as Maryland’s state sandwich, made with soft-shell crab.

“We agreed to a Super Bowl wager that would highlight the strengths and spirit of our respective cities,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “Because the Ravens won the Super Bowl, we have an opportunity to share with the world some of our best food, and the great work AmeriCorps members are doing in our communities.”

“Although I do wish the Super Bowl resulted in a San Francisco 49ers victory and had required Mayor Rawlings-Blake to visit San Francisco, I look forward to cracking some Baltimore crab and joining AmeriCorps in the Service Bowl,” said Mayor Lee. “I believe this day of education and service will strengthen the relationship between our two cities and promote a call of service to our communities.”

After visiting Faidley’s, the mayors will be joined by Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; Joe Briggs of the NFL Players Association; Navarro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers; and hundreds of AmeriCorps members for a day of service in Baltimore.

Service activities include revitalizing a vacant lot through Baltimore’s Power in Dirt initiative; participating in a tutoring session as part of Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s Third Grade Reads initiative; and painting and repairing a police station.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs. CNCS also leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

Times and locations of activities are:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Cooking at Faidley’s Seafood in Lexington Market, 400 West Lexington Street
  • 11:30 a.m. – Kick-off event for Day of Service and Power in Dirt revitalization of vacant lot, 200 North Carey Street
  • 1:00 p.m. – Painting and repairing of Western District Police Station, 1034 North Mount Street
  • 2:35 p.m. - Third Grade Reads tutoring session, Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School, 801 Bridgeview Road



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