Recognition & Giving

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The Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded $600,000 to 223 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of grants. Overall, including a $250,000 impact grant awarded to Achieve Brown County and a $250,000 impact grant shared between five hunger relief organizations in Brown County, a record $1.1 million was granted through the Foundation. Grant recipients were guests at a luncheon held inside the Lambeau Field Atrium, at which Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy and Charlie Lieb, Chairman of the Foundation, addressed the group. Speakers from select recipient organizations included: Bryan Ruch, Community Enrichment Manager at Arc of Fond du Lac, Inc.; Greg Maass, PhD, President/CEO of Brown County United Way for the Community Partnership for Children; Patty Metropulos, Executive Director of Kathy’s House; and Mark Elliott, Executive Director of Northwest Passage, Ltd. The Foundation now has distributed more than $4.8 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986.

Nonprofit organizations located in Wisconsin interested in applying for a grant can apply online March 1 through July 1 at

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Providing a variety of items in support of fundraising efforts across the state of Wisconsin continues to represent a significant portion of the Packers outreach efforts. More than 10,000 requests were submitted for consideration in 2014. Donated items raised in excess of $3 million to assist with the costs of providing services to those in need. Separate cash donations to nonprofit organizations exceeded $5 million during
this same time period.

Those interested in requesting a donation to benefit a nonprofit organization in Wisconsin must apply online at Only applications that are submitted a minimum of six weeks in advance of the event will be considered.

Community Quarterback Awards

In its third year as presenting sponsor, Humana Inc. joined the Packers to honor and award 10 outstanding Wisconsin volunteers with the 2014 Community Quarterback Award at a luncheon held at Lambeau Field. Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy and Jerry Ganoni, President of Small Business and Specialty Benefits at Humana, were on hand to award recipients a commemorative plaque and a $4,000 grant in the name of the nonprofit for which they volunteer their time. In addition to providing half of the total grant money, Humana Inc. also gave each recipient two tickets in the Festival Foods MVP Deck to the Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game.

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Recipients included:

  • Cathy Jarosinski; Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc., Brown County District, De Pere
  • Steve Paradowski; Kathy’s House, Wauwatosa
  • Mark DeBruin; Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities, Inc., Appleton
  • Delbert Dietzler; Wisconsin Rapids Family Center, Inc., Wisconsin Rapids    
  • Nancy and Randy Knapp; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manitowoc County, Manitowoc
  • Tuesday Guys – Lou French, Jim Janette, and Dave Jones; Inspirio Youth Ministries, Inc., Nashotah
  • Donajane Brasch; NAMI Brown County, Inc., Green Bay
  • Hans Lux; Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers, Inc., Green Bay
  • Jeremy Kivett; Salvation Army, Green Bay
  • Julius Lindsey; Brown County Human Services Department – PALS Program, Green Bay

Community Events Grants

Since opening the Lambeau Field Atrium, the Packers have awarded four community events grants annually to nonprofit organizations in Brown County. The grants waive the room rental fee associated with hosting an event at Lambeau Field. The most recent recipients of these grants include American Foundation of Counseling Services, Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay Inc., Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Inc. and Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

Wish Granting

Last season, the Packers were honored to grant the wishes of 10 children and young adults through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. During each visit, the guest of honor has the opportunity to tour Lambeau Field, watch practice, dine with the team and share some very special one-on-one time with their favorite players. The Packers players, coaches and staff work diligently to make certain each visit is a positive and memorable experience for their special guests.

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Military Support and NFL Charities National Partnership Fund Grant

The Packers remain committed to honoring the men and women of the United States military who have or are currently serving their country. In an effort to do so, the Packers send hundreds of military care packages and messages of support each year. In addition, and as the result of a grant from the NFL Foundation, the Packers were pleased to coordinate this year a day of community service to honor and serve local veterans and their families. Green Bay Packers staff and alumni, Wounded Warrior Project alumni, Desert Veterans of Wisconsin and members of Being There-Reaching Out for the Families of Our Fallen Military all collaborated on the day’s projects. After enjoying a recognition breakfast at Lambeau Field, the group departed for community service undertakings, including making improvements to the home and yard of a local veteran
as well as assembling and installing park benches along another local vet’s memorial trail.