Levy Restaurants at Lambeau Field, the stadium's food service operator and caterer, hosted an awards ceremony Wednesday evening to honor four outstanding non-profit organizations that operated concession stands during the Green Bay Packers' 2004 season to raise funds for local charities.
Along with providing all premium dining at the stadium, Levy operates 60 concession stands, which in 2004 were staffed by volunteers of 63 non-profit organizations, collectively raising more than $700,000 to support local causes. All volunteers were certified and trained by the non-profit and Levy Restaurants before taking over the stands, but some showed outstanding levels of excellence in service and operations at the designated concession area. This ceremony celebrated four of the top organizations.
Jim Dalton, director of operations for Levy Restaurants at Lambeau Field, presented the four awards, which included a cash donation of up to $1,000 by Levy Restaurants and the Green Bay Packers.
"Of all the great groups with whom we had to pleasure to work in 2004, we're pleased to honor the four best organizations tonight," said Dalton. "We're happy to acknowledge their excellent commitment and contribution."
John Jones, Green Bay Packers executive vice president and chief operating officer, was on hand to congratulate and address the groups as well.
"It's great to be able to recognize the four groups tonight, as well as all of the organizations that worked so hard during the season," Jones said. "We can't put on such a great game-day experience without their hard work. On behalf of the Packers and our fans, we thank them."
The Group of the Year award was won by a group from Holy Name of Jesus. In their second season volunteering at Packer games, this group ran a double concept stand in the "Munch Zone" and whole-heartedly ran their operation like veterans during all 12 events during the 2004 season.
Other group winners were Appleton East Athletic Club, which took the honors for Most Improved New Group, Green Bay Preble Cheer and Volleyball, winners for highest training attendance, and St. Peter Paul of Green Bay, wining for closest GOS to cash for the season.