It won't just be the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers battling for bragging rights on February 6. Independent public accounting firms in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have joined the fray, with an eye toward helping a charity.
Kolb+Co., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based public accounting firm, has made a Super Bowl wager with Schneider Downs, Pittsburgh's largest independent public accounting firm.
"Our idea is to involve our entire offices in a team spirit day, where every employee can support their team through casual dress when they make a $5 donation", said Tom Luken, president and CEO of Kolb+Co. "Once the Super Bowl has been decided, all proceeds will be donated to a charity selected by the winning office."
Luken said that both firms will match the employee contributions to raise the stakes. Kolb+Co. has chosen to donate the funds to Children's Hospital and Health System Foundation if the Green Bay Packers win, and Schneider Downshas selected the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities as its designated charity.
In accepting the challenge on behalf of Schneider Downs, Raymond W. Buehler, Jr., president and CEO, suggested adding a second layer to the challenge.
"Just to keep it interesting: If the Steelers win, Tom will have his photo taken wearing a Troy Polamalu jersey and hair wig", Buehler said. "And, heaven forbid, should the Packers win, I'll have my photo taken in a Packers jersey while wearing a foam cheese head."
The firms are frequent collaborators through their membership in IGAF Worldwide, an association of independent accounting firms comprised of more than 128 public accounting firms in more than 77 countries. Buehler is the current chairman of the IGAF World Board. Luken also is a member of the IGAF World Board.