"Orange Tuesday" Food Drive Pits Colorado Against Carolina

Denver -- It seems like just about anything can become a political football these days, even Sunday’s Super Bowl clash between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

Only this time it’s all for a good cause

Caught up in the spirit of this Sunday’s matchup, Colorado lawmakers are engaging in a little good-natured rivalry of their own, by joining unitedinorange.org on Tuesday to see which city can collectively donate the most food to charity.

"Orange Tuesday" is spearheaded by Republican Senator Vickie Marble and Democratic Representative Dan Pabon, demonstrating that one thing both sides of the aisle agree on is their desire to see Denver beat Carolina on Sunday. The fact that it's all for a good cause -- and that normal dress code will be waived Tuesday so lawmakers can strut their blue and orange -- is just icing on the cake for lawmakers.

"No knock on the good people of North Carolina but I’m betting on Colorado to win this challenge, just as I’m counting on the Broncos to pummel the Panthers on Sunday," said Senator Marble. "And if we can use this competition to help folks from both states who are struggling to make ends meet, it will be a win-win we all can be proud of."

"We’ll cheer for the Broncos on Sunday, but there are Coloradans who need support every day of the year," Pabon said. "This food drive will help raise awareness about our most disadvantaged residents as we root for our team in the Super Bowl."

The public can get in on the rivalry by visiting http://unitedinorange.org/ and searching by zip code for a local, participating food bank.

Please contact Sean Paige at 719-337-0355 with media inquiries.

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