GREEN BAY'S HOME OPENER VS. CLEVELAND TO ASSIST HURRICANE RELIEF; PACKERS TO KICK OFF SUPPORT WITH $100,000 DONATION TO RED CROSS; FANS ENCOURAGED TO CONTRIBUTE AT GAME
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The Green Bay Packers Monday announced plans to donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross' Hurricane Relief Fund as a kickoff to fundraising efforts taking place at the team's home opener Sunday vs. the Cleveland Browns.
In addition to the team's pledge, fans attending the Browns' game also will have the opportunity to donate money as they enter the stadium gates. Firefighters and law enforcement personnel from agencies around Brown County will be on hand at each gate to collect donations as fans enter the stadium. Fans donating with a check should have them made out to "American Red Cross - Hurricane Relief Fund."
The efforts at Lambeau Field Sunday are in conjunction with the National Football League's designation of the weekend as "Hurricane Relief Weekend."
"The Green Bay Packers are honored to make this commitment as a launch to the hurricane relief efforts of the weekend," said Packers Executive Vice President and COO John Jones. "On behalf of the organization, its employees and our fans, the donation is our pledge to help the hundreds of thousands of victims affected by the hurricane.
"It also complements the heartfelt personal efforts of many of our employees, including players, coaches and staff. We are hopeful that fans attending the game, many of whom have already given to relief efforts, will consider making a donation as they enter the stadium. Everyone is well aware of the community-minded and helping spirit of Green Bay fans and the game is a opportunity for all of us to reach out together for those in need."
The Packers are grateful to Associated Bank for its assistance in the collection and routing of the funds to the Red Cross.
In addition to collections at the gates, Levy Restaurants, manager of the stadium concessions, will have donation containers available Sunday for its employees and concession workers as they enter the stadium. Levy has pledged to match these donations, up to $10,000.
Fans not attending the game who want to get involved in the Packers' efforts will be able to donate at the Packers Pro Shop beginning Monday and extending through Monday, Sept. 19.