Seahawks-49ers rivalry benefits children's hospitals in both cities



Posted on January 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 8:05 AM

SEATTLE-- San Francisco versus Seattle.  It's a rivalry for the ages.  A game for the record books and what's come out is equally historic and it's not just the Super Bowl.

"I'm just an average fan, I'm not a crazy, die hard fan," said Bremerton's own Christopher Hart.

But that's what makes this story so much better.  It all started when 49ers fans put up a billboard in Fife taunting the Seahawks.  The fans had $12,000 left over and donated it to Seattle Children's Hospital.

"I thought, that was ridiculous. We should set up a fund so we can donate to their children's hospital," Hart said.

A few weeks before the big playoff game, it started on

Next thing you know, donations started pouring in from people all over Seattle, including Mary Beth Dybevik.  Her daughter survived a rare form of bone cancer thanks in part to Seattle Children's.

"I have such a heart for families going through these types of illnesses, I knew I needed to donate," said Dybevik.

Then the plot thickened.  First, 49ers management said they would match up to $100,000.  Paul Allen countered and said he would match up to $112,000.

"The second he did that, I don't think there was a minute that went by that we didn't get a donation," said Hart.

World famous chef John Howie stepped in.

"We can't let San Francisco beat us at anything.  You give $5,000 and $25,000 actually goes? That's just great. I mean, how can you pass that up?" he said.

Chef Howie gave $10,000 helping bring the total Wednesday night to $363,972.

They're collecting donations through the Superbowl and hope to reach $400,000.  $100,000 will go to Seattle Children's and the rest to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.