The highly publicized -- and highly entertaining -- Super Bowl bet between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt resulted in more than $27,000 in donations to their charities.
Seattle Children's Hospital has raised nearly $15,000 and Christopher's Haven almost $12,000 since the Twitterbowl challenge launched on Jan. 29, the organizations announced today. The actors tweeted links to the charities' fundraising pages, throwing open the floodgates.
“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,” Lisa Brandenburg, president of Seattle Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. “We are delighted that patients and families at both Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven will benefit from these generous donations.”
Following some friendly trash-talking online, Boston native Evans and Seattle resident Pratt settled on a wager: If New England won Super Bowl XLIX, Pratt would wear a Patriots jersey and make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven, a home away from home in Boston for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo treatment at nearby hospitals (it’s a favorite charity of Evans). However, if the Seahawks won, Evans would dress as Captain America and visit Seattle Children’s while carrying a 12th Man flag.
In the end, the Patriots won -- and so did both charities: Evans and Pratt announced they'd be visiting both Christopher's Haven and Seattle Children's Hospital. (Their wager also inspired a charity T-shirt from TeeFury, with proceeds going to both organizations.)
“The generosity of Chris Evans and Chris Pratt is overwhelming,” Joyce Duvall, executive director of Christopher’s Haven, said in a statement. “They turned a simple, friendly wager into something very significant for both Christopher's Haven and Seattle Children's. The fun and goodwill that they have generated will stay with the children a long time.”