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Tuscaloosa, Auburn Mayors Make Annual Iron Bowl Wager

For the fourth year in a row, City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Auburn Mayor Bill Ham Jr. will continue their tradition of a $100 Iron Bowl wager to benefit local charities. 

The two mayors have agreed that if the Alabama Crimson Tide wins, Ham will make a $100 donation to the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative and if the Auburn Tigers prevail, Maddox will make a $100 donation to the Food Bank of East Alabama. 

"Throughout the year Mayor Ham and I work together in a number of ways to serve our respective cities," said Maddox. "This wager leverages that camaraderie to give back even more."

In 2013 the mayors upped the ante from $25 donations to $100. In that time Ham has donated $300 to the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative while Maddox has donated $100 to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County.

Since they started the bet in 2005, Alabama leads the series 6-5. 

This will be the 81st meeting between the Tide and the Tigers as they kickoff here in Tuscaloosa Saturday, Nov. 26.