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'Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour' Set For May 11-14; Visits Planned For Rhinelander, Chippewa Falls


Mark Murphy, Chad Clifton, Nick Collins, James Jones, John Kuhn Ready To Hit The Road

The Green Bay Packers today announced plans for the fifth 'Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,' set for May 11-14, 2010, to travel around Wisconsin to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

The tour will make stops in Rhinelander (May 11), Chippewa Falls (May 12), Reedsburg (May 13) and Milwaukee (May 14), with evening tailgate parties held in each city to support a local non-profit organization.

The traveling group will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, veteran offensive tackle Chad Clifton, two-time Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, wide receiver James Jones and fullback John Kuhn.

The tour will take place aboard a customized motor coach emblazoned with the logo "Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour" and the phrase "Touching Down in Your Community." One scheduled stop will be made during the day in each area at a site to be determined. At the visit, tour members will have the opportunity to mingle with fans. In addition to the planned stops, surprise stops will be made as the schedule allows.

The evening tailgate parties will be held in each city from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with a flavor of famous Lambeau Field tailgating. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Footballs autographed by each tour member will be given away as door prizes at each event. Tailgate party tickets will cost $25, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the hosting organization.

"The Tailgate Tour has become one of our offseason highlights in Wisconsin," said Murphy. "We see many of our great fans at Lambeau Field, of course, but the tour is a great opportunity to see them in their home areas, show our appreciation, and support a worthy local organization."

Tickets for three of the tailgate parties will go on sale March 27, with the fourth on April 2. 'Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour' evening tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows (6 to 8:30 p.m. in each city):

Rhinelander: Rhinelander Ice Arena. To benefit Kindness for Kids and Pelican Fire & Rescue. Tickets on sale March 27, at 8 a.m., at Hodag BP, Rhinelander (715/362-3363); Paul's Pump-n-Pantry, Eagle River (715/479-2999); and PackerLand Plus, Minocqua (715/358-7409).

Chippewa Falls: Northern Wisconsin State Fair Grounds (NWSF). To benefit Chippewa Falls Youth Baseball Association (CFYB). Tickets on sale March 27, at 10 a.m., at Gordy's County Market locations in Chippewa Falls – Bay Street (715/726-2500) and County Trunk J (715/726-2505), and Eau Claire – Birch Street (715/836-8246) and East Hamilton Avenue (715/834-3993).

Reedsburg: Nishan Park. To benefit Reedsburg Area Veterans Memorial. Tickets on sale March 27, at 10 a.m., at Viking Village Foods (608/524-6108).

Milwaukee: Harley-Davidson Museum. To benefit the Hunger Task Force. Tickets on sale April 2, at 10 a.m., through and at Hunger Task Force office (414/777-0483).

Fans interested in 'Tailgate Tour' details are encouraged to visit often as information will be updated as the dates near. Fans can track each day's tour progress as well, with a Web blog and photo galleries posted daily. A Web blog and photo galleries of last year's tour are available online here.

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