Bragging rights are on the line for the 12th consecutive year as Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson and College Station Mayor Karl Mooney prepare for their annual red kettle “ring off” Saturday. Each Mayor will stand at a kettle for one hour and compete to raise the most money for The Salvation Army.

Last year, Bryan Mayor Nelson raised $3,574, beating College Station Mayor Mooney’s $1,320. Bryan’s mayor has won the competition every year since the competition began.

“Although only one city can win each year, the real winners of this competition are the families who are in need of the services we offer,” said Captain Paul Ryerson, commanding officer of The Salvation Army Bryan/College Station. “Without the generous and giving support of everyone in the area, we could not continue to help those in need.”

The mayors participate in this competition each year to raise essential funds and bring visibility to the programs offered in support of the year-round work of The Salvation Army in Brazos County. Assistance programs includes food, clothing, emergency assistance, toys at Christmas, youth programming, and counseling for individuals and families.

For the first time, the public will be able to donate to the Mayor Ring Off online.

“We understand that not everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the challenge based on their schedule,” said Captain Paul Ryerson. “This year you will be able to contribute to your Mayors kettle online or on your phone.”

Anyone can donate and support their mayor online HERE. Online donations will remain open until Sunday night.

The Ring Off will take place this Saturday, December 08, 2018, from 12pm – 1pm. Those wishing to donate in person can go to the Walmart stores on Briarcrest in Bryan and Brothers Blvd in College Station.