Nov. 2, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Though the Apple Cup is still a couple of weeks away, both Washington State University and the University of Washington will be facing each other sooner than the Nov. 19 football game at Seattle.
And the winning school from this competition will have its school colors prominently displayed on Seattle's most famous landmark Apple Cup weekend.
From Wednesday, Nov. 2 through Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Space Needle is teaming up with Washington State University and the University of Washington to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in an effort to build homes to replace those destroyed by recent hurricanes in the Southeastern United States.
Beginning at 10 a.m., Nov. 2, fans, alumni, students, faculty and staff - anyone - can make a donation of any amount to the "Tackling Hurricane Relief" program. When they do so, donors will be asked to choose to enter their pledge into either the Cougars' Fund or Huskies' Fund. Every morning throughout the program, the Space Needle will announce the previous day's leading fundraiser and will fly that team's flag atop the Space Needle's flagpole for the day.
Donations can be made online, 24-hours-a-day at www.spaceneedle.com or in person at the Space Needle's restaurant check-in desk at the base of the tower.
Upon the conclusion of the fundraiser, Nov. 15 - just days before the Apple Cup - the school that has raised the most money over the course of the entire program will have its school colors, logo and a message of encouragement painted on top of the Space Needle for the world to see. The crimson-and-gray or purple-and-gold paint job will remain atop the tower through Apple Cup weekend.
"While fanning the flames of this storied rivalry is all in good fun, the real story is the work that Habitat for Humanity is doing to help rebuild our cities and towns in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and all over the Southeast," said Jeff Wright, chairman of the Board of Directors and owner of the Space Needle. "Being a Husky, I'd love to see the purple and gold painted up top year-round, but I'm sure there are equally passionate Cougars who would love nothing more to see Seattle's most famous Landmark be decorated in crimson and gray."
Carrying the fundraising ball for each school, so to speak, are two famous running backs: Greg Lewis from the University of Washington, and Rueben Mayes from Washington State University. As honorary chairmen of the event, these two alumni will be encouraging the faithful to open their hearts and wallets to help those in need.
"Anyone who knows me can tell you I bleed crimson but remember I wore another jersey during my career and it meant the world to me," Mayes said. "I was a New Orleans Saint for five years and I grew to love the culture and people of Louisiana. To say that it hurt to watch the hurricane devastation doesn't begin to describe the feeling.
"I have wanted to do more to help and that is why I am thankful for this opportunity," Mayes added. "I know Cougars far and wide want to see the Cougar head and WSU flag on top of the Space Needle but I know they will also want to be part of this hurricane relief effort. GO COUGS!"