Auburn, Alabama and Auburn, New York become “sister cities” for a day in honor of Auburn’s appearance in the BCS National Championship Game.
Auburn, N.Y. Mayor Michael Quill and Auburn, Ala. Mayor Bill Ham Jr. will exchange plesantries and read proclamations declaring the two Auburns as “sister cities” on Jan. 6. Quill will Skype his proclamation at 6:15 p.m. EST on Monday from Kostaq’s Bar & Grill in Auburn, N.Y., which will be the “sister restaurant” to Halftime Sports Grill in downtown Auburn, Ala.
The idea was a brainchild of Auburn, N.Y. resident and impresario Art Wenzel, who according to a press release on the event “was overjoyed at the Tigers defeat of the Crimson Tide.”
“It’s something fun to do, and I thought this was an opportunity to bring two unique Auburn’s together for a common cause, “ Wenzel said. “There are many Auburns in the United States, and I’m all about being an ambassador for our fine city nestled here in the beautiful Finger Lakes wine country region.”
Update: Here’s the proclamation, from the Honorable Michael D. Quill, of Auburn, N.Y.:
P R O C L A M A T I O N
WHEREAS, in 1892 the first Auburn Tigers stepped on the field and created generations of fans; and
WHEREAS, the core traditions of the Auburn Tigers are passion and spirit; and
WHEREAS, the Auburn Tigers have claimed 19 National Championships and 83 Conference Titles in men’s and women’s sports; and
WHEREAS, ranked number 4 Auburn Tigers beat number 1 Alabama Crimson Tide for a spot in the Championship; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Michael D. Quill of New York and Mayor Bill Ham Jr. of Alabama have agreed to be “Sister Cities” and look forward to the camaraderie that goes along with a festive football game at this level; and
WHEREAS, Auburn, New York will join Auburn, Alabama in celebrating the Auburn Tigers performance in the National Championship BCS Collegiate Football Game on Monday, January 6th as the Auburn Tigers play the Florida State Seminoles for the title; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I Michael D. Quill, Mayor of the City of Auburn, New York, on behalf of the City Council and the Citizens of Auburn do hereby proclaim January 6, 2014 as
AUBURN TIGERS DAY
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Auburn, NY to be affixed this day …to be affixed this sixth day of January 2014
Michael D. Quill, Mayor
City of Auburn, New York
And from the Honorable Bill Ham, Jr., of Auburn, Ala.:
WHEREAS, Auburn, New York will join Auburn, Alabama in celebrating the Auburn Tigers performance in the 2013 football season, which earned them a chance to compete for the BCS National Championship Football Game on Monday, January 6th as the Auburn Tigers play the Florida State Seminoles for the title; and
WHEREAS, Auburn, AL and Auburn, NY will be “Sister Cities” for the day as each Mayor proclaims the celebration as “Auburn Tigers Day,” and
WHEREAS, Kosta’s Bar & Grill in Auburn, NY will be the “Sister Restaurant” to Halftime Sports Grill in Auburn, AL as home for the Tigers, and
WHEREAS, Kosta’s, featuring 48 flat screen televisions, is the “Home Away from the Dome” for Syracuse University sports and is the premiere sports establishment in Auburn, NY while Halftime features 17 televisions and is located just a few hundred feet from where thousands will gather to roll Toomer’s Corner in the event of an Auburn
WHEREAS, the “Sister Cities” look forward to the camaraderie that goes along with a festive football game at this level.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Ham, Jr., Mayor of the City of Auburn, Alabama, do hereby proclaim January 6, 2014 as
“AUBURN TIGERS DAY” in the City of Auburn. WAR EAGLE!
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of this city to be affixed.
Bill Ham, Jr.
January 2, 2014