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Sheriffs’ Wager On Championship Game To Benefit Hospital

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone, pictured in middle, and his counterpart in Niagara County have placed a friendly wager Saturday's Section VI Class C football game between Southwestern and Wilson. P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone and Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour have placed a friendly wager on Saturday’s Section VI Class C football game between Southwestern and Wilson.

No matter the result, the winner will be Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Quattrone, a Southwestern Central High School graduate, agreed to the wager with Voutour, a graduate of Wilson High School, who also attended the police academy in Chautauqua County.

The top law enforcement officials have known each other for many years. With Southwestern and Wilson set to play for the championship game at 6:30 p.m. at New Era Field in Orchard Park, Quattrone said the perfect opportunity arose to show some local pride.

“It was something we thought we could show support to the young athletes in our area and at the same time to raise some money for a good charity,” Quattrone told The Post-Journal on Wednesday.

The two sheriffs posted on their Facebook pages asking their friends and followers to suggest ideas for a friendly wager. Quattrone said some ideas were “awesome” while others were “crazy.”

“We ultimately decided to give $500,” he said, noting that the sheriff from the losing school will present the check to the Buffalo hospital in the name of the winning team.

“What’s been really neat is seeing the community support with the comments,” Quattrone said. “Our big thing is, kids are our future and we want to show support and importance of doing good things, and then helping with Children’s is to show that some of these kids can’t go home and to give them an opportunity to do something.”

Eric Tichy contributed to this story