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Posted on: May 14, 2017

Anaheim, Nashville mayors wager on Western Conference Final

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 14, 2017) — The stakes are high as the Anaheim Ducks face off against the Nashville Predators in game two of the Western Conference Final tonight at Honda Center.

And Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait has upped the ante again, agreeing to a friendly wager with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry on the best-of-seven series.

If the Ducks win, Nashville will have to play tunes from Anaheim and Ducks-related artists, such as No Doubt and Pennywise, in the lobby of the Mayor’s Office for one day.

If the Predators win, visitors to the mayor’s office will have to listen to tunes from Nashville artists such as Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw.

Win or lose, each city will send an assortment of food to a food bank in the other city. The losing mayor will have to personally deliver the basket to the food bank in their city while wearing the winning team’s jersey.

Mayor Barry will send a “Preds Pantry Pack” from the world-famous Loveless Cafe to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County’s pantry at Lincoln Elementary School.

The assortment will include biscuit mixes, waffle mixes, blackberry, strawberry and peach preserves, syrup, sorghum, honey and apple and pumpkin butter.

Mayor Tait will send a food basket to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. The basket will include items from Anaheim-based Northgate González Market, the city’s homegrown Hispanic grocer.

“The Anaheim Ducks are on a roll and we’re not stopping now,” Mayor Tait said. “We’re ready to knock out the Predators and move to the final to bring that cup back. They had better get used to hearing No Doubt in Music City! Go Ducks!”

“But no matter the outcome, I’m happy that we’ll be able to contribute to ending hunger in our communities,” Tait said.

“The Nashville Predators are ready to skate to their first Stanley Cup final, and while I love Mayor Tait, a fellow Vanderbilt graduate, I know Mike Fisher and the rest of our team are expert Duck hunters,” Mayor Barry said.

“I’m confident the Predators will be sending the Ducks off to join Donald and Daisy Duck at Disneyland, just as they did in round one last year,” Barry said. “And Second Harvest Food Bank advancing its mission of stopping hunger in Middle Tennessee will be another wonderful outcome of this playoff series. Go Preds!”

Also, the Anaheim Ducks Foundation will make a $1,000 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, directed to Anaheim food pantries.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County has distributed more than 350 million pounds of food to Orange County families since it opened in 1983. In 2015, the organization partnered with Lincoln Elementary School in Anaheim to open a permanent school food bank for families in the community. The food bank is one of only two of its kind in Orange County.

The Nashville Predators Foundation will donate $1,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee opened in 1978, and works with 490 partner agencies to feed hungry men, women and children in middle and west Tennessee.

"The Anaheim Ducks and Anaheim Ducks Foundation are proud to give back to the community that supports our team and, in the spirit of friendly competition, are excited to celebrate our continued playoff run into the Western Conference Final with a team like the Nashville Predators that shares that same commitment," Anaheim Ducks Director of Community Relations Wendy Arciero said.

The Ducks and Predators will face off today for game two of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center at 4:30 p.m.

The two teams last met in the first-round playoffs last year. The teams also played in the Western Conference Quarterfinal in 2011. The Predators prevailed in both series.

The two mayors made a similar wager last year. Mayor Tait delivered an Anaheim-made trumpet to Nashville schools after the Predators won the series.

For more information on the Ducks, see AnaheimDucks.com. For more on the city of Anaheim, visit Anaheim.net.

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