TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Super Bowl LV has come and gone in the Tampa Bay Area, but that hasn’t stopped 250 local first responders from taking advantage of Mayor Jane Castor’s friendly bet with the Kansas City Mayor.
“Sure, I knew we would win. I didn’t know we would win as much as we did, but a win was guaranteed, ”said Mayor Jane Castor of the City of Tampa.
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In a confident Super Bowl victory, Mayor Castor announced Monday that 250 meals would be given to local first responders for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Castor continued, “That is why it was vital that we focus on the healthcare workers who have worked so hard.”
“While we are very friendly rivals to the Chiefs, today we are working as a team to honor the healthcare providers for these meals,” said Kelly Cullen, chief operating officer at Tampa General Hospital.
“In normal times, it’s an exciting sporting event. In this particular case we had to be both the host city and one of the participants and then add the victory, ”said Mayor Castor.
When Mayor Castor greeted Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas during Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay, he told reporters that the two had agreed on a win-win bet that the winning team’s hometown first responders regardless of the outcome of the game would be provided with a meal.
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“We’ve been in this pandemic for about a year, the second half of February marks a year … and it’s been a very difficult time for this team,” said Cullen.
“What made me proud when I saw the game on TV was seeing the health care workers at the stadium,” said Richard Gonzmart, president of Columbia Restaurant Group.
And what could be nicer than celebrating a local victory with local workers than having those meals managed by the well-known local hot spot Columbia.
“Thank you to everyone at Tampa General for making the city of Tampa a better place,” said Gonzmart.
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“This is a population that cannot have visitors. The nurses and PCTs, as well as the doctors and the entire health care team, are these patients’ families. I am incredibly proud of our team for the care they have provided,” he said to Cullen.