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Gov. Rick Perry Places Friendly Rose Bowl Wager with Gov. Schwarzenegger

Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry Places Friendly Rose Bowl Wager with Gov. Schwarzenegger

Wager Will Benefit Troops and Their Families, Disaster Relief

Gov. Rick Perry today placed a friendly wager with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over the outcome of the Rose Bowl championship football game on Jan. 4, which will pit the University of Texas Longhorns against the Trojans of the University of Southern California.

"I look forward to watching the Longhorns trample the Trojans," Perry said. "By the time the clock runs out, I believe the University of Texas Longhorns will bring home the championship title by a score of 45-26. And I will be there along with thousands of other Texans to cheer the Longhorns on their victory over USC."

In the spirit of friendly competition, Perry will offer a pair of handcrafted boots provided by noted Texas boot maker Justin Boots, which will be matched by a pair of California-crafted boots. Perry and Schwarzenegger will autograph both pairs of boots, which will then be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charity of each governor's choice.

Each Governor is also offering a basket of goods produced in their states. Texas products included in the Texas basket are:

* 1 box of Texas Rio Star Grapefruit, courtesy of TexaSweet Citrus Marketing
* 1 box of Texas Sweet Oranges, also courtesy of TexaSweet Citrus Marketing
* 20 smoked BBQ beef briskets from Perini Ranch Steakhouse, courtesy of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and
* 100 Blue Bell ice cream pint coupons, courtesy of Blue Bell Creameries.

If the Longhorns are victorious, the Texas Disaster Relief Fund will receive the proceeds of the cowboy boot auction and the Texas National Guard will receive both baskets of goods. If the Trojans win, the National Guard Association of California Scholarship Fund will receive the proceeds and the California National Guard will win both baskets.

"Texas agricultural products are the finest in the world, and I am proud to have a sampling of them on the table in this friendly wager with Governor Schwarzenegger," Perry said "As Governor, one of the best parts of my job is sharing the message that Texas products and the generous spirit of Texans are world class. It's a win-win wager because deserving charities will benefit no matter which team wins the game."

To sweeten the wager - and to demonstrate his confidence in UT's victory - Perry also will give Schwarzenegger a 200X Beaver hat should UT come up short on the scoreboard. "I'm so sure the Longhorns will stomp the Trojans, that I'm betting the best hat made in the world - and of course it's made in Texas," Perry said. The western hat, provided by the Resistol Hat Co., is valued at $1,600.

In addition to the items wagered, in celebration of the Rose Bowl Perry has gathered more than 1,000 tickets and passes for tourist attractions across the state to share with Texas troops and their families. Items include rounds of golf in Houston and Austin donated by Play Golf Houston and Circle C and hotel lodging in Austin and San Antonio donated by the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association members. The Texas Travel Industry Associations members have also provided 800 passes to Texas attractions, including:

* Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington Sea World in San Antonio
* Davy Crockett's Tall Tale Ride in San Antonio
* Space Center in Houston
* The George Bush Presidential Library in College Station
* Wonderland Amusement Park in Amarillo
* Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi
* Moody Gardens in Galveston; and
* The National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame in Fort Worth.

"I want to make sure that no matter who wins the game, we can show the men and women who are serving their country that we appreciate the heroism they show every day," Perry said. "I am pleased that we can help some of our troops and their families enjoy the sights and attractions of Texas in 2006. I applaud the businesses and organizations that have donated these items for these deserving Texans."

The tickets and passes will be distributed to military bases across the state.

Perry established the Texas Disaster Relief Fund in September to provide assistance to citizens and communities in need after Hurricane Rita. The Fund was designed to compliment rather than duplicate existing relief resources such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), insurance, and other non-profit groups. The grant funds can be used for such purposes as food and medicine, repairs to damaged homes and household goods, relocation expenses, and crisis counseling.

Led by star quarterback Vince Young, Texas will face USC in the BCS Championship Game on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. CST at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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